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Capitals announcer rips Flyers for airing Bryce Harper video during game

The city of Philadelphia is awash in Bryce Harper mania, and the Flyers, playing their first home contest since the superstar signed with the Phillies last week, welcomed him to town with a video during Wednesday’s game at Wells Fargo Center.

Interestingly, the night’s game came against the Washington Capitals, and given the NHL squad of course calls D.C. home — where Harper previously played with the Nationals — one of the visiting team’s announcers did not take kindly to the video being played.

The welcome video in question was played on the Jumbotron during the first period.

Caps radio announcer John Walton, calling the game on 106.7 The Fan, ripped the video while also taking a shot at Harper.

“Well, that was pretty unnecessary on a video board, wasn’t it?

Caps in town, you’d think he was in the building, pretty sure he’s in Clearwater.

The ‘Welcome Bryce Harper’ sign up on the video board. … We’ll see how welcoming they are when he’s hitting .230 on Memorial Day.”

It merits noting that Harper had previously ran afoul of the Capitals during his time with the Nats. During last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, Harper pledged his NHL loyalty to his hometown Vegas Golden Knights on several occasions instead of the Caps.

The Capitals and the Knights of course went on to play each other in the Stanley Cup Final, with Washington hoisting the Cup courtesy of a convincing 4-1 series win.

The Caps did escape Philly Wednesday night with a 5-3 win over the Flyers, so at least Walton can take solace in the victory.