Bryce Harper reflects on likely final days in WashingtonBy Amber Lee
His long-term future is uncertain. As a result, impending free agent Bryce Harper plans to spend the final week of the 2018 regular season cherishing every minute he’s wearing a Washington Nationals uniform.
Bryce Harper: "I wanted to be here, put the uni on right away and just cherish that moment if it’s going to be the last time or not." pic.twitter.com/V2WSeBUeeq
— Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals) September 26, 2018
Especially on Wednesday, Washington’s last home game of the season.
“It’s definitely crazy walking in today and knowing this could be my last game at Nats Park in my white jersey,” Harper told reporters Wednesday. “It’s definitely something that you’re not sure how you’re going to react, and not sure what it’s going to be like, if that’s after the game, or even before. I knew I wanted to get here and put the uni on right away and just cherish that moment, if it’s going to be the last time or not.”
If this is Harper’s last season in a Nationals uniform, it will end on a disappointing note.
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Bryce Harper has had a solid year, hitting .246/.393/.498 with 34 home runs, 32 doubles and 100 RBI. Although his overall average doesn’t stand out, he is hitting .298 since the All-Star break, which is when he defended his home turf at the 2018 Home Run Derby.
Harper recently told the Washington Post‘s Barry Svrluga, “I think about other cities, but I love it here.” However, he isn’t sure if or how he fits into the organization’s long-term plans.
For now, Harper will have to relish the last few days of the season in case it’s the last time he ever puts on a Nationals uniform.