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Bryce Harper taunts jeering Cubs fans by throwing ball out of Wrigley

Chicago Cubs fans spent a good part of Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field taunting Bryce Harper at every opportunity. The superstar slugger responded in kind, though, courtesy of a bit of trolling of his own.

NBC Sports Philadelphia John Clark reports that Cubs fans booed Harper and taunted him with “overrated” chants throughout the game. In response, Harper committed an act of deception after securing the final out in the bottom of the sixth inning.

After catching a fly ball off the bat of Kyle Schwarber, Harper turned around to the fans in right field, which gave the appearance that he was going to toss the ball into the stands. Instead, Harper launched the baseball out of the park and onto Wrigley Field’s roof.

It was believed during the years-long buildup to and onset of Harper’s free-agency odyssey this past offseason that the Cubs had a good a chance of landing the superstar as perhaps any other team. The notion that Harper could end up in Chicago was partly reinforced by the presence of pal and fellow Las Vegas native Kris Bryant on the Cubs.

Cubs fans potentially were motivated to really lay it on thick with their taunts of Harper due to the opinion he should have signed with their team.

On the other hand, it’s not uncommon for hometown fans to jeer visiting superstar players, especially ones that tend to engage them in an antagonistic manner, something Harper is known to do … and exactly what he did Tuesday night.