Bryce Harper breaks bat in two on long home run


In a startling display, the Washington Nationals slugger broke his bat completely in two pieces, yet still hit a 406-foot home run against the New York Mets.

"Barreled it pretty good", Harper said.

The Nationals rallied against five pitchers in their big burst, winning for just the fourth time in 13 games. But whereas the vast majority of broken-bat hacks result in looping line drives or weak ground balls, Harper's generated enough power that the ball carried to right-centerfield, then kept carrying right over the fence for an absurd solo home run.

This apparent injury is bad timing for Profar, as he just got the opportunity to start at shortstop after Elvis Andrus went down with an injury.

Trailing 6-1, Washington combined five hits, three walks and a hit batter to take the lead.

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In the top of the first inning Monday night at Citi Field, Harper offered at a first-pitch fastball from Mets starter Jacob deGrom.

On his way back to the dugout, Harper celebrated by pulling up the sleeve of his shirt to show off his biceps.

Yes, this produced a home run. He also drove in a run with a safety squeeze.

Harper hit his major league-high eighth homer, and his 33 1/2-inch, 31 1/2-ounce Marucci bat paid the price. The Reds jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Tucker Barnhart's RBI single and Hamilton's two-run single.