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.

 

Topics: Bryce Harper, Nationals, Washington Nationals

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