WASHINGTON – The Giants arrived in the District of Columbia late Wednesday night. By the time they saw their first pitch at Nationals Park, it was after 10 p.m. on Saturday.

But there are worse things than waiting through rain delays and postponements. Much, much worse.

The ballpark fell into stunned silence in the first inning of the Nationals’ 3-1 victory when star player Bryce Harper stomped on a wet first base, his cleat slid, his left knee buckled and he went flying as if violently ejected from a moving vehicle.

Harper’s face twisted in agony as he held his left knee. It took a trainer and a base coach to assist him off the field. All the while – down the dugout stairs, then down the tunnel to the clubhouse — he put no weight on his injured left leg.Related Articles

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The Nationals’ best hope is that Harper sustained nothing beyond a hyperextension. Anything worse would mean torn ligaments, and surgery, and a significant handicap in October for a team that should coast to its fourth NL East title in five years yet thus far has failed to advance beyond the best-of-5 NL Division Series.

And it would mean that Major League Baseball’s greatest stage would be deprived one of its most talented and recognizable players — one of few legitimate and marketable stars who resonate beyond casual fans of the game.

Harper entered the game ranked fourth in the NL in hitting (.326), fourth in on-base percentage (.419), third in slugging (.619) and second in OPS …read more

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Giants lose but Nationals suffer the worst of it as Bryce Harper grabs knee in agony

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