Bryce Harper calls the 7th inning fan exodus ‘pretty brutal’

In a season that began with Washington Nationals flocking to Nationals Park – where the 2018 All-Star game will be held – to grub on frozen lemonade and Ben’s Chili Bowl concession goodies, the post-All Star break for the Nationals proved unfriendly. As a result of their decline, fans now resorted to painkillers as pharmacies around the DMV area witnessed a spike in Ibuprofen to cope with their dissatisfaction.

With the inking of Matt Scherzer and adding infield depth with San Diego Padres prospect Trea Turner, a former Clemson Tiger, Nationals fans had all reason to be optimistic throughout the marathon of 162 games.

But it’s turned out to be quite a nausea-inducing rollercoaster thriller for the fans of an organization that straddles Interstate 495.

With player morale capsizing faster than the Titanic sank and sitting four games behind the 75-win Mets, the season is beginning to take a toll, especially on Bryce Harper, who pointed out an early departure by Nationals fans on their Labor Day meeting with the Mets.

Bryce Harper called out Nats fans for leaving early during their game against division-rival Mets. pic.twitter.com/MWuIRWi8wF

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 7, 2015

Third amongst Nationals batters in at-bats (437) Harper – who separated from long-time partner and former fiancee, Kayla, last year – has seen his fair share of ejections, but manages to lead the team in hits (148), home runs (34) and runs batted in (83).

That red river is the Nats fans leaving stadium in top of ninth. Only down 8-5 with top of order coming up #mets pic.twitter.com/qeue9N6yaP

— David Lennon (@DPLennon) September 7, 2015

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