Bryce Harper walked the Nationals off in the 12th inning against the Phillies on Saturday, but it was a bittersweet win. Less than an hour earlier, the Mets clinched the NL East — eliminating the Nats from post-season contention — with a win against the Reds.
Harper doesn’t have sour grapes, though. Per Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic:
It’s a nice sign of sportsmanship from Harper, who gets an undeserved rap for his attitude. The outfielder can take solace in that he’ll be adding some hardware to his mantle this off-season anyway, as he’s pretty much locked up the NL MVP Award. After Saturday’s 3-for-5 performance, he’s hitting .339/.470/.663 with 41 home runs, 96 RBI, and 117 runs scored.