Bryce Harper receives loud boos from angry Nationals fans in D.C. return

Washington Nationals fans aren’t happy Bryce Harper left for a division rival. In his return to D.C., Harper was welcomed back with loud boos from Nationals fans.

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The fans only grew angrier as the night went on. That’s because Harper came back to haunt his former team, pacing a Phillies 8-2 with three hits, including a monstrous two-run home run.

The boos started when Harper was announced as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies’ starting lineup. They continued during Harper’s tribute video from the Nationals.

It made for an awkward moment.

Prior to Tuesday’s game, Harper let the D.C. fans know how much he appreciated them with a heartfelt Instagram post. Either the Nationals fans in attendance didn’t see that, or it wasn’t enough to make up for him leaving.

Harper turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals during the offseason. The team came back with a 12-year $250 million deal a few months later, which Harper also rejected.

Harper eventually agreed to a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies. Thanks to his hot start, the team is now 4-0 for the first time since 1915.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 2: Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) looks toward the mound and Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) after striking out in his first at bat with his new team at Nationals Park. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 2: Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) ropes a double off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates in front of Brian Dozier #9 of the Washington Nationals after hitting an RBI single during the sixth inning at Nationals Park on April 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - April 02: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies heads to the field against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Nationals Park on April 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - April 02: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies at bat against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park on April 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a two-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park on April 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - April 02: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies warms-up against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park on April 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies laughs with Jean Segura #2 against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park on April 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: Fans celebrate after Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies hit an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Nationals Park on April 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies flips his bat after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning during the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Washington, District of Columbia. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 2: Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) reacts after a double during the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals on April 2, 2019, at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies points to the crowd after hitting a RBI single in the sixth inning during the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Washington, District of Columbia. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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The Nationals and Max Scherzer looked like they might be able to slow Harper down early. In his first at-bat of the night, Harper struck out against Scherzer.

Harper’s second at-bat ended with the same result as he struck out a second time against Scherzer.

That’s all Harper needed to do to draw some cheers from the D.C. crowd.

From that point on though, it was Harper’s night.

He broke through against Scherzer with a double in the fifth inning. In the seventh, he singled home a run to extend Philadelphia’s lead. Then in eighth, he delivered the dagger with his home run against Jeremy Hellickson.

Yeah, Bryce Harper was feeling it.

Really feeing it.

The refueled NL East rivalry will continue Wednesday afternoon.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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