Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) salutes the crowd after hitting his first major league home run against the San Diego Padres during the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Harper Goes Downtown For the First Time


Like everything else he has done in the major leagues so far, Bryce Harper‘s first home run was memorable.

May 14, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) watches his home run against the San Diego Padres during the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

The big hit came in the bottom of the third inning of Monday night’s game against the San Diego Padres. With two outs and the bases empty, Harper crushed a 2-1 slider from Padres starter Tim Stauffer over the center field fence. The ball easily cleared the wall in the deepest part of the ballpark, to the left of the 402-foot marker in front of the hitting backdrop, as center fielder Cameron Maybin tried to catch up.

Harper circled the bases quickly before getting a round of high-fives in the dugout. The small crowd cheered loudly enough to get a curtain call from Harper, who emerged from the dugout and flashed a No. 1 sign to the fans behind third base and in left field.

The homer was the Nats’ third run of the inning and gave them a 4-1 lead.

 

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