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Bryce Harper just hit a home run with a broken bat...


C/o @Maddc8 on Twitter:

Entering his first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning against the New York Mets tonight, Washington Nationals’ slugger Bryce Harper was probably thinking about how he would deal with New York Mets’ pitcher Jacob deGrom, or maybe about some missed opportunities from the game on Sunday, or perhaps debating if the Vegas Golden Knights would benefit from sweeping the Kings, or if the series going longer would be better for the team.

Then, on the first pitch he saw — a 95.8 MPH fastball up and in — Harper found a way to jam himself on the pitch, but his barrel got all of it. Then, the barrel died in the fight, but not before the ball landed over the fence for an obscene home run.

Bang, zoom. Apparently, he still barreled it up, as the ball traveled 406 feet:

Talk about the bat literally dying a hero.

Now, of course, the inevitable question: Can Harper hit a home run with just his bat knob? His cleat? His helmet?