Bryce Harper Slides Like a Soccer Player After Slamming a Homerun

Bryce Harper Slides Like a Soccer Player After Slamming a Homerun

LONDON -- Bryce Harper put a lot of thought into how he would celebrate his home runs during the London Series. In a country where football (referred to as soccer in the U.S.) is deeply loved, he knew there was only one appropriate way to mark the occasion.


He chose to celebrate like a soccer player.

“Let’s go!” Harper shouted, puffing out his chest as he slid on his knees back to the Phillies' dugout, arms spread wide before clapping them together. This followed his fourth-inning home run in the Phillies' 7-2 triumph over the Mets in the opening game of the 2024 London Series on Saturday. His celebration imitated the way soccer players celebrate scoring goals. “I love soccer! I love soccer!” Harper exclaimed as he high-fived his teammates in the dugout, his excitement evident.

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Harper's "goal" celebration came after he launched a home run into right field at London Stadium, home of West Ham United FC, tying the game at 1-1.

“I love the moment, I love the opportunity,” Harper said post-game. “I had been planning it, but I wasn’t sure if I’d actually go through with it when I crossed home plate. My main concern was that my knees might get caught on the turf, but fortunately, they didn’t.”

Harper’s enthusiasm sparked the Phillies, who turned the fourth inning into a six-run surge, highlighted by Whit Merrifield's three-run homer.


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