David Rudnicki | Sports Editor
October 19, 2023
The NLDS championship between the Braves and the Phillies was electric! Bryce Harper was on fire throughout the series, showcasing his incredible skills and making jaw-dropping plays. He brought an intensity to the field that was truly captivating to watch.
In Game 1, Harper set the tone with a monstrous home run that sent the crowd into a frenzy. The energy in the stadium was off the charts! The trash talk started heating up as the series progressed, with players from both teams exchanging some intense banter. It added extra intensity to the games and kept fans on the edge of their seats.
Harper continued to shine throughout the series, making incredible catches in the outfield and delivering clutch hits when it mattered the most. His presence on the field was undeniable, and he brought a level of excitement that electrified the entire stadium. He had a batting average of .375, hit three home runs, and drove in 7 RBIs. Senior Mason Nelligen states, “He was undeniably the best player on the field, leading the Phillies to a series win over the Braves.”
Harper also played a major role in different facets of the series. From the start, unfriendly exchanges between him and Orlando Arcia set the tempo for the series. After the Braves game-two wins, Arcia reportedly yelled, “Ha-ha, Atta boy, Harper!” In the next game, the Philadelphia superstar, Harper, started down with two homers and a double. The trash talk started heating up as the series progressed, with players from both teams exchanging some intense banter. It added extra intensity to the games and kept fans on the edge of their seats.
With last Thursday’s 3-1 victory, the Phillies clinched another NLDS, where they’ll face off the Arizona Diamondbacks. Although Harper had an incredible series against the Braves, it will be interesting to see if that was solely a result of Arcia’s trash talk and if his hot streak will now wear out against the Diamondbacks. Baseball superfan Andre Jones argues that Harper’s streak will fade against the Diamondbacks as there isn’t the same incentive Arcia’s trash talk gave him to perform well. Nonetheless, both teams are on fire, with talented players across the board. The series will surely keep fans on the edge of their seats.