The Philadelphia Phillies begin the postseason tonight against the Miami Marlins in the best-of-three National League Wild Card Series tonight at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies made a magical run through the playoffs last year. They won the National League Championship, but lost the World Series to the Houston Astros in 6 games.
Bryce Harper led the Phillies on their amazing postseason run in 2022. He hit .349 with six home runs and 13 RBIs in 17 games. Harper was awarded the MVP of the National League Championship series.
Harper is back where he belongs and where wants to be, which is on the center stage of playoff baseball. He is built for this. Harper lives for the big moment. He thrives for it and let’s it fuel him to greatness.
Last season, Harper provided the Phillies with the biggest moment as he hit the go-ahead home run in Game of the NLCS.
Harper stood briefly to admire the home run he just hit to give his team a 4-3 lead over the San Diego Padres in the bottom of the eighth inning. He then took the most satisfying home run trot of his life.
That home run is the biggest hit of his career. It’s the stuff of legends. Legacies are built on moments like this. Harper has had a flair for the dramatic. He lives for big moments like this.
The Phillies have a very talented team that is constructed for the postseason. The lineup is powerful and deep, but it is led by Harper. He is the straw that stirs the drink.
Harper finished the 2023 season with 21 home runs, 72 RBIs and a .293 batting average in 126 games. He missed time in the beginning of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Harper had a prolonged homeless drought in the first half of season. He hit only 3 home runs in the first 50 games.
Harper’s power stroke came back over the final 70 games. He hit 18 home runs with 49 RBIs and a .296 batting average. Harper is heating up and ready for October baseball. He is ready for the big moment and he expects to deliver.
Phillies star Bryce Harper. Photo courtesy of Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports, via Reuters