Bryce Harper has made a few key moves to endear himself to the city of Philadelphia before taking the field for the first time as a Phillie, from publicly recruiting superstars Mike Trout and Le’Veon Bell to the city to changing his number in honor of Roy Halladay. Harper made his debut for the team as a designated hitter Saturday afternoon against the Blue Jays — and he made a perfect choice for his walk-up song.
Harper came out to the theme song from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which may have only been topped if he had selected “Gonna Fly Now” or a Meek Mill anthem.
Harper took a huge cut at the first pitch he saw, but drew a five-pitch walk in his first plate appearance.
One pitch later, Rhys Hoskins crushed a two-run shot into left field to give the Phillies an early lead.
Harper also walked in his second at-bat and was then removed for a pinch runner.
The Phillies will be hoping to see more of the same in the regular season. Harper drew a career-high 130 walks last season, the most in MLB. Hoskins, meanwhile, has more potent bats behind him in the lineup with the addition of J.T. Realmuto, so teams won’t be able to pitch around him as easily.