Last night, Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper won the Home Run Derby. But not only did he win in front of his own fans, he gave them much cheaper tickets while doing so. Per ESPN’s Darren Rovell, some tickets will end up only costing fans $1 for a five-game stretch.
That’s because before the derby, the Nationals sent out an email to their mailing list stating that for every home run hit, they’d take $1 off select tickets. By the end of the night Harper had hit 45 home runs. So for the lower-level seats that already cost less than $45 dollars, fans are getting a huge discount.
So, Nats’ fans, you can see the New York Mets on July 31 or August 1 for a dollar! But if that’s not your thing, you can see the Cincinnati Reds on August 2, 4 or 5 for a dollar! In fact, why not check out all five games? You will literally never get a better deal than this at a baseball game ever again unless someone gives you tickets for free.
In the meantime, the Nationals are hoping the All-Star break gets them out of their funk. Right now they are just 48-48. Both the Philadelphia Phillies (53-42) and Atlanta Braves (52-42) are ahead of them. And while the Nationals are still just 5.5 games back, it’s worrying. No team with this much talent should be struggling this much.
This funk extends to Harper as well, though. His wRC+ of 119 this season is still above average, but a far cry from last season (156). The batting average is all the way down to .214, though Harper makes up for it by getting on base a lot (.365) and hitting home runs (23). Sorry old school folks, batting average isn’t everything. His walk rate is up five ticks, but his strikeout rate is up four ticks from last year as well.
We don’t expect the Nationals and Harper to struggle forever, though. Like the Los Angeles Dodgers did, the Nationals should turn it around. But if not?
At least you can get your hands on some $1 tickets while supplies last.