Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper has been on fire to start the season, batting .500/.652/1.188 with three home runs, five RBI, eight runs scored, and seven walks in 23 plate appearances. The Phillies had the day off on Thursday, though, so Harper decided to catch the Bucks-Sixers game at the Wells Fargo Center across the street from Citizens Bank Park. He was joined by teammate Rhys Hoskins and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
The Sixers often have celebrities ring the bell before the start of a game, a tradition that Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, starter Aaron Nola, and Hoskins took part in back in January:
Harper had the honor of ringing the bell on Thursday:
The Sixers entered the half trailing the first-place Bucks by two points, 58-56. The Sixers entered the night as the current No. 3 seed in the East at 49-29. They clinched a playoff berth last month.
The Phillies, meanwhile, have opened the season 4-1 and would be undefeated if not for a horrific performance from closer David Robertson on Wednesday. Entering an 8-8 game in the bottom of the ninth, Robertson allowed a leadoff single, then yielded three consecutive walks to force in the game-winning run. The Phillies open a three-game set at home with the 4-1 Twins on Friday, then play the Nationals in a three-game set beginning on Monday.