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“I Let My Team Down”: Phillies Bryce Harper’s Emotional Farewell to Disappointed Philadelphia

Published 10/25/2023, 8:40 AM EDT

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Bidding goodbye to the desired goal is always painful and emotional. Especially when one loses the dream after cashing it for a long time. Even after a blasting start to the NLCS journey, the situation dramatically turned for the Philadelphia Phillies, where the Arizona Diamondbacks took the series 4-3. In this process, they shattered the World Series dream of the Phillies. While Bryce Harper was leading the team towards another World Series fight, like he did a year back, all efforts were ruined. After the Game 7 defeat, the star outfielder expressed his emotional message to his fans and the city of Philadelphia.

The Phillies were progressing gloriously this season, but at the last moment, they got the biggest hit. What is more pathetic is the D-backs took the series in the Phillies’ home ground, Citizens Bank Park. Though the Phillies were pretty confident about their win before the game, their strategy miserably failed.

Bryce Harper’s Emotional Farewell Message

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On Tuesday night, the Phillies appeared for NLCS game 7 for the first time in their history. While the team and the fans were pretty confident about the win, the game ended with a 4-2 defeat. Though Harper had led his team through difficult times, failed to lead them to the World Series. The designated hitter of the team seemed to have been deeply hurt by his performance and the team’s result. In an interview, he revealed his emotional message for the fans, “I let my team down and let the city of Philadelphia down.”

After this devastating downfall of the team, the entire team has drowned in great sorrow. Even the manager, Rob Thomson, expressed his disappointment. He expressed, “It’s very disappointing. It really is.” Further, the manager stated how his faith has been destroyed, “I told the club if you asked me two days ago, two weeks ago, two months ago if we would be going home tonight, I would have said no. So that’s how much belief I have in this club.”

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Amidst this devastating situation, the manager even showed his sportsman’s spirit to praise the opponent. Appreciating the Diamondbacks, he expressed, “That’s a good club, and they really played well.” Talking about their pitching, he said, “They pitched well. They really did.

Though both teams tried well, the D-backs closed the World Series doors on the Phillies’ potent lineup.

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D-backs Blown Out The Phillies to Clear their World Series Way

The Tuesday night game was thrilling. Both teams tried their best, but Corbin Carroll became the shining star of the game. While the Phillies were leading the game till the fourth inning, Carroll appeared as the savior. Breaking his slump, he got three hits and two RBIs to lead his team to reach the World Series after 2001. However, in the seventh, Geraldo Perdomo came with his solo, and Ketel Marte scored a double.

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Marte was even honored with the NLCS MVP for his .387 average, 16-game long post-season hitting streak. It was the fourth-longest streak in playoff history.

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Antara Bhattacharyya

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Antara Bhattacharyya is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. With a graduation degree in English literature from a reputed institution, she has been actively involved in content writing for quite some time. Her love for sports writing dates back to her college days, and today, she has cemented her place with astute coverage of Major League Baseball.
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