NEW YORK — This was shear energy by Bryce Harper.
“Barreled it pretty good,” Harper stated. “It just broke and kept going.”
Harper hit his main league-high eighth homer, and his 33½-inch, 31½-ounce Marucci bat paid the value. It cleanly cracked, however the ball flew an estimated 406 toes to right-center at Citi Discipline.
The lumber break up simply above his arms, and the barrel helicoptered into the excessive, protecting netting behind residence plate on the primary base facet. Harper trotted many of the strategy to first holding the few inches of the deal with that remained after tagging a 95 mph fastball from Jacob deGrom.
Mets proper fielder Brandon Nimmo headed towards the wall and rapidly ran out of room.
“Yeah, that was pretty shocking,” deGrom stated, with a slight grin. “I heard the bat break, and then I looked. I saw Nimmo, he just kept going, so I was like, oh, well, I guess that’s out of here.”
As Harper rounded the bases, first base coach Tim Bogar picked up the sawed-off piece of wooden and handed it to a bat boy.
On his approach again to the dugout, Harper playfully pulled up his sleeve to point out his biceps.
“He started to flex when he came back. I said, yeah, you’re strong,” Nationals supervisor Dave Martinez stated.
Now in his seventh season, Harper, 25, has hit 158 profession residence runs, boosting his whole with the solo shot within the first inning. However something like that?
“Uh, no,” Harper stated.
Trea Turner and his Washington teammates have been marveling over how Harper did it.
“It was impressive,” Turner stated “There’s rumors that it was already broken beforehand. So I’m curious to see the tape to see if he hit it on the barrel or off the end of the bat, whatever it maybe. But nonetheless, impressive.”