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Bryce Harper puts on a batting practice show in Washington

Aug 26, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

Bryce Harper is holding his first press conference for the Washington media today, but first he took batting practice before the Nationals-Cardinals game and … well, he hit a whole bunch of homers.

Here’s how Gene Wang of the Washington Post described the scene:

In front of team executives, agent Scott Boras, players from both teams and a throng of media he promptly deposited a pitch into the third deck in right field. That display of power has been a rarity at Nationals Park. Only Adam Dunn has hit it to that area during a game this season.

In his second round, Harper homered to right center approximately five rows deep, then belted three homers in a subsequent round. He hit another ball over the letter E in GEICO adorning the wall in center, and later sent one into the lower deck. Harper’s best power output came in his final round of batting practice, when he homered on three straight pitches.

Meaningful? No, not really. Nice for Nationals fans to hear while they wait for the results of Stephen Strasburg’s second MRI exam? Sure.
UPDATE: Rob Dibble had no comment.

  1. The Common Man - Aug 26, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Was Rob Dibble invited to watch? What did he have to say?

  2. James - Aug 26, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    DRUG TEST!!
    j/k

  3. Old Gator - Aug 26, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Funny you should say that. I used to get to Joeprodolsharklife Stadium early to watch Mark McGwire take androst….heh heh, I mean, batting practice and he did the same thing, just harder and further. But he was also bigger and dumber.

  4. Joboo - Aug 27, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    “[...] he promptly deposited a pitch into the third deck in right field. [...] Only Adam Dunn has hit it to that area during a game this season.”
    This is the stupidest thing I’ve read all day. Until the Nationals win something – or even attempt to – I will remain unimpressed with their Boras sponsored dog-and-pony show.

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