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Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper faced incessant booing and heckling from San Francisco Giants fans at Oracle Park Friday night, but ended up getting the last laugh against one particularly loud fan in the seventh inning.
While Harper — who reportedly turned down the Giants’ free agent offer and signed with the Phillies prior to the start of the season — was at the plate with the Phillies trailing 6-5, one Giants fan could be heard chanting “OVERRATED!” during his at-bat.
Harper then swung at a pitch from Giants reliever Tony Watson and blasted a 456-foot three-run home run to put Philadelphia up 8-6. After dropping the bat and starting his run to first, the Phillies star turned and appeared to point at the Giants fan responsible for the chant.
It wasn’t the only time Harper toyed with the Oracle Park crowd.
The former NL MVP also hit a solo home run in the fifth inning off of starter Tyler Beede, and gestured for Giants fans to be quiet after he completed his run around the bases.
After the game, Harper told reporters the constant booing and chanting from Giants fans fired him up a bit.
“There are things people say that people shouldn’t say and shouldn’t come out of their mouths but that’s part of sports, I guess, and that’s part of fan bases,” he said. “San Fran’s got a great fan base. They love their team, they love their city. It’s a lot of fun going back and forth so it’s good.”
“It’s always fun coming into hostile environments and hostile situations,” he added.
The Phillies extended their lead to 9-6 later in the seventh inning, and held on to deal the Giants their fifth loss in their last six games.
The two teams play again at 1:05 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
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