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Bryce Harper collects his first major league home run

May 14, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT

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We don’t do a post every time a player launches their first major league home run, but Bryce Harper is not your regular rookie.

Harper connected for his first career home run in the bottom of the third inning tonight as part of an 8-5 win over the Padres. It was a long solo blast off right-hander Tim Stauffer which landed on the grassy batter’s eye in straight-away center field at Nationals Park.

The 19-year-old outfielder sprinted around the bases before being congratulated by teammates and coaches in the dugout, but he eventually came out to give a curtain call to the Nationals’ faithful. We may soon find out if the Padres have a designated enforcer of “old school” on their pitching staff.

Harper hit the home run in his 54th at-bat in the big leagues. If things play out like the Nationals hope, this is just the beginning of him terrorizing major league pitching.

  1. mungman69 - May 14, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    That’s nice.

  2. randygnyc - May 14, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Currently ties with Albert Pujols, with a higher BA. League minimum>$27,000,000.00

  3. Old Gator - May 14, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Arthur, every time you have an erection it makes the newspapers.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - May 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM


    • kkolchak - May 15, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      You sure are.

      • 18thstreet - May 15, 2012 at 9:13 AM


  5. addictedzone - May 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Can’t say he dogged it around the bases with a slow motion trot. At about 18 seconds that may put him in the top ten for the fastest homerun trots of the season so far (not counting inside the park)

    • addictedzone - May 14, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      Official trot time 17.07…..2nd fastest of the season behind Carlos Gomez

    • natstowngreg - May 14, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Kid hustles, even running out a homer.

      BTW, the so-called “old school” enforcer thing after Harper’s homer? Nope.

  6. micker716 - May 14, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Credit where credit is due. Dead center, well over the 402 mark. The kid is still a jerk, but who isn’t at 19.

  7. dawglb - May 14, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    1 HR in his first 54 ABs…….? He is still a little off Babe Ruth’s 1 HR per 11.8 at bats pace……. Let’s not name a candy bar after the kid, yet.

    • natstowngreg - May 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      No one is.

    • joeflaccosunibrow - May 15, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      Bryce Brittle?

      Just like peanut brittle, with a hint of maple flavoring from the shards of maple wood bat that fought back from the other night.

  8. natstowngreg - May 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Nats scored 8, and Bad Henry still came close to blowing it. Sean Burnett had to come in with the bases loaded, and got a DP ball.

    Nats lost another player, rookie C Sandy Leon. Hurt on a play at the plate in his first MLB game. Major bummer.

    • natstowngreg - May 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      After the game, Davey said Leon was put on the 60-day DL with a high ankle sprain, and Carlos Maldonado was recalled from Syracuse.

  9. eagles512 - May 14, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Another old school comment….you need new writers with new material.

  10. greej1938l - May 15, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Sounds like D.J. Short is a Harper fan himself!

  11. marshmallowsnake - May 15, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    And made a nice error.

  12. eaglesfan723 - May 15, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    Nice. I’m sure you’ll be sure to let us know when he makes his next bowel movement.

  13. florida727 - May 15, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    I remember watching video of Harper when he was in college and the one thing that very blatantly stood out in his swing was the speed of his hips clearing before bat met ball. (Any knowledgeable baseball person will tell you that’s the key to hitting with power.) I’m not a Nationals fan per se, but I think it’ll fun to watch Harper’s development. Team rooting interests aside, as just a fan of the game, it should be fun to see if he pans out as many predict. Good luck, kid. You’ll certainly have a lot of people watching.

  14. sfm073 - May 15, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    This kid is as talented as they come with great instincts for the game. He maybe cocky, but he plays the game like Pete rose and I can appreciate that.

  15. schaffershokai - May 15, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    I think he is entitled to party up:

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