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Bryce Harper hits first career walk-off home run, high-fives imaginary friend (video)


Bryce Harper came through in the clutch on Thursday, hitting a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Washington Nationals to a thrilling 9-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. The big round-tripper couldn’t have come at a better time as the bomb snapped the Washington’s six-game losing streak after the team blew a four-run lead in the ninth.

And while rounding the bases, Harper even took a moment to high-five an imaginary friend. Bonus.


Harper, who finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored and snapped a personal power drought after going homerless since July 1, said after the game: “It’s great to get the ‘W,'” adding, “We really needed it. Going through that AB, I was trying to put something in the gap so Bernie could score.”

Between the huge home run and a nifty catch in the gap in the first inning, Harper provided the bookends to a huge victory for the Nationals, making the first and last play in a hard-fought game.

But what was the deal with the high-five he seemingly offered up to no one as he rounded second base? That was weird. It’s just a relief to see that Harper’s teammates congratulated him afterward, unlike Justin Morneau’s Minnesota Twins teammates refused to do recently after he snapped his homerless streak.