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.
A lo profundoooooo... ¡BOMBAZO solitario de @Bharper3407 con el bate quebrado! #LosNacionales pic.twitter.com/IvKjYydlY7— Los Nacionales (@losnacionales) April 16, 2018
Bang, zoom. Apparently, he still barreled it up, as the ball traveled 406 feet:
Bryce Harper (8) off RHP Jacob deGrom (2) - 99.2 mph, 30 degrees (406 ft Home Run)— MLBBarrelAlert (@MLBBarrelAlert) April 16, 2018
95.8 mph Four-Seamer#Nationals @ #Mets (T1)
Talk about the bat literally dying a hero.
How strong is @Bharper3407?— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 16, 2018
This was a home run.
This bat BREAKS IN HALF. pic.twitter.com/1cUQZrwZJB
BRYCE HARPER JUST HIT A TATER WITH A COMPLETELY SHATTERED BAT pic.twitter.com/NnKVvjvogR— Mina (@maddc8) April 16, 2018
Finally bat flips are as dangerous as old dudes think they are pic.twitter.com/bIpJNDzdoA— Mina (@maddc8) April 16, 2018
I wish Harper would’ve bat flipped the piece of wood he had left in his hand— aly (@goawaymom) April 16, 2018
Bryce Harper holding all that was left of his bat after HITTING A HOME RUN. pic.twitter.com/tTBPKJ5E43— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) April 16, 2018
Now, of course, the inevitable question: Can Harper hit a home run with just his bat knob? His cleat? His helmet?
406 feet … with a broken bat!@Bharper3407 won’t let some shattered lumber stop him from going yard. pic.twitter.com/GVmVPhNdaw— #Statcast (@statcast) April 16, 2018