Bro­ken-bat homer for Na­tion­als’ Bryce Harper

Lethbridge Herald - - SPORTS -

This was shear power by Bryce Harper. In a star­tling dis­play, the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als slug­ger shat­tered his bat into two pieces, yet still hit a long home run Mon­day night in an 8-6 win over the New York Mets.

“Bar­relled it pretty good,” Harper said. “It just broke and kept go­ing.”

Harper hit his ma­jor league-high eighth homer, and his 33 1/2-inch, 31 1/2-ounce Marucci bat paid the price. It cleanly cracked, but the ball flew an es­ti­mated 406 feet to right­cen­tre at Citi Field.

The lum­ber split just above his hands, and the bar­rel he­li­coptered into the high, pro­tec­tive net­ting be­hind home plate on the first base side. The five-time All-Star trot­ted most of the way to first hold­ing the few inches of the han­dle that re­mained af­ter tag­ging a 95 mph fast­ball from Ja­cob deGrom.

Mets right fielder Bran­don Nimmo headed to­ward the wall and quickly ran out of room.

“Yeah, that was pretty shock­ing,” deGrom said, 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.”

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