Bryce Harper cost the Nationals a lot of money after Home Run Derby promotion backfires

Want to go to a baseball game for cheap? Now you can. Thanks to Bryce Harper, you can pay as little as $1 to go to a Washington Nationals game after his dominant performance in the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby.

How did Bryce Harper make the Nationals pay for his Home Run Derby performance?

It’s all thanks to a promotion gone wrong … er, right? We’re not exactly sure what the Nationals were hoping for when they decided to put this out there Monday morning.

Harper did really well in the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby. In fact, he won the whole thing. On his way to hoisting the trophy, Harper belted 45 home runs. That means the Nationals are going to lose a lot of money on that promotion.

Or, as the team tweeted out minutes after Harper won it all:

How cheap are Nationals tickets thanks to Bryce Harper?

There were a few restrictions on Harper’s home run promotion. The discount only applies for a few games, and you have to pay $1 to get in. The tickets aren’t free.

Still, that can net you some pretty good seats. If you want seats in the outfield for the game against the New York Mets on Aug. 1, you can get those for just a dollar. They usually go for $37, but not after the Harper discount.

If you were willing to pay a little more, seats down the third base line now cost $14 after the discount. You can sit in the section behind the visiting dugout for $27. Not bad!

How are fans responding to the Nationals’ discounted tickets?

Most are pretty happy, obviously. Though some have pointed out that the Nationals got off easy.

Some took it as an opportunity to say Harper cheated.

In the end, there was one response that seemed more appropriate than the rest.

This isn’t the first time a team has offered a Home Run Derby discount

Back in 2013, the Oakland Athletics offered the same discount for Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes popped 32 total home runs by the end of the night, beating Harper in the finals during the 2013 Home Run Derby.

Harper came through this time, winning the event and saving Nationals’ fans a lot of money in the process.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 16: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies, Kyle Schwarber #12 and Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs, Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals, Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros and Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers look on prior to the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Monday, July 16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League looks on during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs and National League competes in the first round during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers and National League competes in the first round during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies and the National League competes during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League warms up during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League competes in the first round during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs and National League celebrates with his pitcher Mike Sinicola during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs and National League celebrates in the semifinals during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves and the National League competes in the first round during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds and the National League reacts with teammates during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros and American League competes during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros and the American League reacts during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: George Springer #4 and Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros and the American League react during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 16: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts to the High School Home Run Derby during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Monday, July 16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League competes during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League celebrates in the finals after tying Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs and National League during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League celebrates with his manager Dave Martinez after winning the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. Harper defeated Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs and National League 19-18. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 16: Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) is lifted by Washington Nationals manager David Martinez after the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Monday, July 16, 2018. Bryce Harper defeated Chicago Cubs Kyle Schwarber to win the 2018 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 16: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after winning the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Monday, July 16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Bryce Harper
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