Video: Young Pirates fan rides a roller coaster of emotions

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Yesterday’s Nats-Pirates game lasted 18 innings and nearly six hours. And it was a low-scoring game too. I think 98.5% of parents with young kids at such a game would’ve left that one early and no one would’ve blamed them.

One set of parents — Pirates fans — didn’t leave early. Probably because their son would’ve killed them if they had.

Check out this kid. He had all of the feels. Anger and despair when Daniel Murphy tied it up to send it to extras, jubilation when Starling Marte homered in the 18th and a lot of other stuff in between. Oh, and the ketchup on his face for that 17th inning hot dog was special too.

Eighteen innings is a lot to ask of a kid. But this kid had a lot to give. I feel like we have an instant celebrity on our hands:

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Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.