Star-spangled bat yields a banner day
Bryce Harper used a new bat Saturday. He homered on the third pitch he saw with it, then followed with a double and single. Most players stick with bats that make debuts like that. Harper will probably retire his, a career .750 hitter.
Always a showman, Harper took patriotism to an unprecedented level during the Nationals’ 9-3 win over the Giants. His bat had a navy barrel, illustrated with the American flag and a silhouette of the D.C. skyline— the U.S. Capitol , Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, all in navy and white.
Harper was supposed to use the bat in Japan this offseason, when he was scheduled to play with a team of ML Ball-stars. He ended up not making the trip and never had an opportunity to use it.
“I had that one and a camo one, actually. Had it in the back, brought it to spring training— I don’t know why I brought it— and I went back there today and was like, ‘If I get in trouble swinging it, so be it,’ ” Harper said. “I thought it was pretty cool, pretty patriotic. Definitely being in D.C. and playing for the Nationals, it’s even cooler.”
Harper also used patriotic batting gloves to go with the starspangled numbers on the jerseys and also sported high stirrups for the occasion.