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Tracking Bryce Harper’s major league debut

Apr 29, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

We’ll provide updates throughout the night as baseball’s top prospect, 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper, makes his MLB debut against the Dodgers. Here’s the lineup, via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

First pitch is scheduled for 9:10 p.m. ET. Washington’s Stephen Strasburg is facing LA’s Chad Billingsley.


6:58 PM: From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes this shot of Harper speaking to the media at Dodger Stadium before pregame batting practice. “I’m not actually that nervous,” he told reporters.



7:03 PM: CBS Sports’ Scott Miller says Harper’s mom, dad, sister and brother-in-law will be in attendance.


7:47 PM: It should come as no surprise that Harper, who once smashed a 502-foot dinger during a high school home run derby contest, absolutely demolishes pitches in batting practice. Via Kilgore:


9:15 PM: We’re underway.’s Mark Zuckerman brings the all-important uniform update:


9:31 PM: Harper walks to the plate to heavy boos from the Dodger Stadium crowd, takes three pitches (two balls, one strike), then grounds out on a chopper to Billingsley. It’s 0-0 in the second inning.


9:35 PM: Hernandez snapped this photo of Harper’s first at-bat from the Dodger Stadium press box:



9:59 PM: Harper just barely avoided a full-speed collision with Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond on a bloop single by Dodgers outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. in the third inning. The ball fell in between the two Nats.


10:20 PM: Harper flew out softly to left field in his second trip to the plate after working another 2-1 count.


10:54 PM: Harper blasted a double to the base of the center field wall in his third at-bat, after working a 3-2 count. He threw his helmet off heading into second base, showing off a sort of hybrid mohawk.


11:13 PM: Harper threw a bullet to home plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, nearly nabbing Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. as he tried to score from second base on a ball slapped into left field. But Wilson Ramos dropped the ball while applying the tag. The game is tied at 1-1 as we move to the top of the eighth.


11:54 PM: Harper drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to left field in the top of the ninth inning. Ramos then added an RBI single, giving the Nationals a late 3-1 lead over Los Angeles.


12:09 AM: A fan ran onto the field in the bottom of the ninth inning, interrupting play. Both television broadcasts avoided showing him for obvious reasons, but Kilgore passes along a mini recap:


12:18 AM: Nationals setup man Henry Rodriguez surrendered two runs on three hits while recording only two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Dodgers tied it 3-3 and we’re heading to extras.


12:37 AM: Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp hit a walkoff home run over the center field fence to win it in the bottom of the 10th inning. Harper finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. A fantastic night of baseball all around.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Probably the worst haircut ever. I don’t care how old he is or how great heay become, that mullet\mohawk/whatever the hell is nonsense.

    • georgia - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:46 AM

      I actually don’t completely HATE his haircut. It looks kind of goofy, but I think it works a little bit.

      I’m on the fence.

      • Old Gator - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:42 AM

        Fido, our new puppy, is on the wall. He does that. I wish he would use the overpriced doggy bed we bought him at the Pampered Puppy, but he really seems to prefer going up the wall at night and curling up in the corner by the cieling. Aside from wasting our money and making it harder to pet him – which might be a mixed blessing because his hairs come loose and stick in our fingertips and he won’t eat the coat oil, which costs a fortune too – he tends to shed hairs on top of the armoire.

        Anyway, the point is, when he’s got all of his legs folded up underneath him like that he has the same hairstyle as Bryce Harper, only darker.

    • paperlions - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Probably the same thing every culture said about when the Romans with their freaky short hair showed up to kick their asses.

  2. rgledz - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Who F’ing cares what Douche boy does? Let’s all move on shall we….

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:38 AM

      You must care or else you wouldn’t be wasting your time……..

      • natstowngreg - Apr 29, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        and our time

  3. btwicey - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    Lol a teenager plays well in his major league baseball debut and pple still call him names and hate on him. Jealousy never helped anybody…. So sad…

    • natstowngreg - Apr 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Many jealous people in Dodger Stadium last night, booing a kid playing his first game. Sad.

  4. ugglasforearms - Apr 29, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    We all love seeing excellence on the diamond, so maybe this kid has matured a little and won’t be dumb enough to blow kisses to someone he cranks one on. I don’t want to hear any “Oh it’s only Bryce being Bryce” comments.

  5. michaeljay17 - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    where is the update?

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