Bryce Harper walks up to 'Fresh Prince' theme song in Phillies debut

After months of drama, followed by what felt like years of anticipation all packed into one week, Bryce Harper made his spring-training debut with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

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It was a home run.

No, Harper didn’t hit a home run. He actually walked twice, scoring on a Rhys Hoskins’ two-run blast in the first inning before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the third.

It was a home run in that Harper made the best possible first impression on Phillies fans by selecting the perfect walkup song for his debut.

Ladies and gentlemen, the new “Fresh Prince” has arrived.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies commits an error attempting to catch a fly ball in the eighth inning during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Tigers won 3-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 06: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts against the Minnesota Twins at Citizens Bank Park on April 6, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Twins defeated the Phillies 6-2. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 10: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies catches a fly ball at the wall in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on April 10, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper watches a video tribute in honor of him from the dugout before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Philadelphia Phillies' Rhys Hoskins (17) celebrates his home run with Maikel Franco, right, as Bryce Harper, left, watches during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 7-3. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies stretches in the first inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 09, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits in the first inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 09, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies leads off first in the first inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 09, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits in the first inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 09, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratulated after scoring in the first inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 09, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 03: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies works out at Spectrum Field on March 03, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 2: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies speaks during the press conference introducing Harper as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday March 2, 2019 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 2: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies puts on his new jersey during the press conference introducing Harper as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday March 2, 2019 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 2: The Philly Phanatic welcomes Bryce Harper to the press conference introducing Harper as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday March 2, 2019 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 03: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies works out at Spectrum Field on March 03, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 03: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies works out at Spectrum Field on March 03, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 03: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies works out at Spectrum Field on March 03, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 03: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies works out at Spectrum Field on March 03, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 3: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies steps on to the field for his first workout as a member of the Phillies on Sunday March 3, 2019 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 3: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies steps on to the field for his first workout as a member of the Phillies on Sunday March 3, 2019 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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Even though the Phillies ultimately fell 8-7, that was a goose-bump moment that made the day a can’t lose for fans. Now just imagine if it had happened at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

“In West Philadelphia born and raised.”

Not exactly.

Harper, of course, is from Las Vegas. But the statement here was a clear one: Philadelphia is home now, and will be for the next 13 years.

From there, who knows.

Saturday was a mere cameo for Harper in the grand scheme of things. He hit third and served as Philadelphia's designated hitter in his first action of the spring. That meant we didn't get to see much of him on the field.

But the crowd was ready to erupt every time he popped out of the dugout. Whether it was a quick pregame warm up, or a short jaunt to the on-deck circle, the buzz continued to grow. When the music hit, it was electric.

That’s the blend of sports and entertainment that baseball needs more of.

That, my friends, is an epic debut.

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