Sep 14, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) singles in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Harper Takes Batting Practice (Video)

Perhaps the only bad part about spring training is seeing all the tweets from those who are actually there. Whether it’s an innocent “just saw Anthony Rendon‘s new mullet” kind of tweet, or an evil “how’s the weather in D.C.?”, Twitter can make things very painful for those of us who aren’t there.

However, pictures and videos posted on Twitter offer an opportunity for stay-at-home fans that would otherwise be impossible. It’s not the same as seeing it in person, but pictures and videos still bring us some of the beauty of the game that we have been longing for all winter. And as I’m sure a lot of you would agree, few things are as beautiful as the sound of a baseball getting crushed by a wooden bat… especially when that bat is in the hands of Bryce Harper.

It’s only six seconds long, but it helps ease the pain of not being there to see it in person. And I think we can all agree that watching it is a million times better than reading about it on Twitter. Thanks to@masnNationals and the many others who post these, Nationals fans get the dose of baseball they need to survive until opening day.

It’s been a long offseason, and pictures and videos can only do so much. Fortunately for Nationals fans, opening day is getting closer everyday. It may seem far away, but before you know it, the boom from Harper’s bat will be bouncing off the walls at Nationals Park.

38 days Nats fans. 38 days.

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