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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals organization, fans in Instagram post

April 2, 2019

Hours before his first game against the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper thanked his former team and their fans for their support over the years, posting a message on Instagram.

Harper returns to the District on Tuesday for the first time since signing a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies in the offseason.

Harper’s message can be read below:

If you would have told me 5 years ago I would be walking into Nationals Park as an opposing player, I wouldve told you that you were crazy. Five years later, Im doing just that. I remember the first day I walked into Nats Park. My first base hit. My first home run. And, of course, my first standing ovation. Nationals fans delivered that first ovation. The things that I will miss most are the relationships I gained on a personal level with so many of the Nationals staff and workers around the ballpark. Every day I walked in, I got a smile or shared a laugh with you. I especially want to thank The Lerner Family and Mike Rizzo for the unwavering support they showed me during my tenure in DC. The city of DC was home. Filomenas, The Silver Diner, The Italian store, and countless other places helped make it feel like home. You, Nationals fans, made me one of your own for the entire time I was a part of the Nationals organization. Im so blessed to have been able to play for a fan base that cared so much about our team each and every night. You will always hold a special place in my heart no matter what. I look forward to continuing Harpers Heroes with LLS in the DMV as well as making sure the legacy fields bearing my name are the best youth fields in town! When I run on the field tonight I am sure to hear some boos, but I will always remember the cheers and the screams that are still with me right now, as I start my new chapter. So for that, DC, THANK YOU.

The message was paired with an illustration of Harper wearing his District-themed outfit from the 2018 Home Run Derby, which he won at Nationals Park.

View this post on Instagram If you would have told me 5 years ago I would be walking into Nationals Park as an opposing player, I wouldve told you that you were crazy. Five years later, Im doing just that. I remember the first day I walked into Nats Park. My first base hit. My first home run. And, of course, my first standing ovation. Nationals fans delivered that first ovation. The things that I will miss most are the relationships I gained on a personal level with so many of the Nationals staff and workers around the ballpark. Every day I walked in, I got a smile or shared a laugh with you. I especially want to thank The Lerner Family and Mike Rizzo for the unwavering support they showed me during my tenure in DC. The city of DC was home. Filomenas, The Silver Diner, The Italian store, and countless other places helped make it feel like home. You, Nationals fans, made me one of your own for the entire time I was a part of the Nationals organization. Im so blessed to have been able to play for a fan base that cared so much about our team each and every night. You will always hold a special place in my heart no matter what. I look forward to continuing Harpers Heroes with LLS in the DMV as well as making sure the legacy fields bearing my name are the best youth fields in town! When I run on the field tonight I am sure to hear some boos, but I will always remember the cheers and the screams that are still with me right now, as I start my new chapter. So for that, DC, THANK YOU. A post shared by Bryce Harper (@bryceharper3) on Apr 2, 2019 at 7:05am PDT