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Bryce Harper homered in first two at-bats off Ricky Nolasco

Apr 1, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper hits homerun on opening day MLB game against Miami Marlins in Washington Reuters

Bryce Harper pulled a Ricky Nolasco breaking ball into the seats for a solo homer on his first swing of the season and then took Nolasco deep again in the fourth inning. Two at-bats, two solo bombs on hanging breaking balls for the 20-year-old reigning Rookie of the Year who hit .478 this spring.

Calcaterra says to remind everyone that he picked Harper to win NL MVP in today’s “HBT Extra” video, so … whatever.

Also worth mentioning: Now that Harper is growing out his beard the Nationals’ outfield is tough to beat for overall beard-ness, with Jayson Werth always dominating and Denard Span always solid. Could be an overlooked key this season.

UPDATE: In his third at-bat Harper squared around to bunt on 0-1, took a bunch of pitches to make it 3-1, and then flied out to medium left-center. What a bum.

UPDATE #2: Harper is the youngest player ever to homer multiple times on Opening Day. He’s more than a year younger than the previous record-holder, Don Money.

  1. historiophiliac - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM


    Punk couldn’t hit anything more than a solo homer, huh?

    • dondada10 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      He’s hitting to the scoreboard.

      • jimbo75025 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Nah, looks more like a “mess with the bull, you get the horns” to me.

    • ultichiva - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      He not better than Barry “bail” Bonds…

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:27 AM


      Hahaha! Keep fighting the good fight Philiac. It makes me smile every time I see it.

  2. cosanostra71 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Harper is gonna be a great player. Baseball fans are in for a treat over the next 10 or 15 years with him and Trout.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      And Strasburg, and Stanton, and Kershaw. The new guard is here and they are exciting to watch.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        And Starling Marte.

        No? No Starling Marte?

        Okay, no Starling Marte.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM


      • paperlions - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM


  3. mplsjoe - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    So you’re saying that Bryce Harper is the next Carl “Tuffy” Rhodes?

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Relax! It is Nolasco and the Marlins, not the mighty Astros that he is hitting against.

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Take care when speaking of the demi-god Bryce Perseus Harper.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Do not forget that he wants the fans to know that there is another side to him.

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        Sigh…. good thing there’s good old chicken wing Trout on the other side to balance this baseball world out.

  5. aceshigh11 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    This just in:

    Bryce Harper on pace for record-breaking 1.000 BA / 600 HR / 600 RBI season.

  6. hittfamily - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Overall beardiness begins and ends with whomever shares the outfield with Josh Reddick. That thing looks like he’s been stranded at sea for a decade..

  7. icanspeel - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    He’s just growing the beard to try and pass for 21 at the bars.

    • UgglasForearms - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      He’s Mormon, doesn’t drink.

  8. colehamelz - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    That kid should have had a fastball between the shoulder blades…if not the first at bat then definitely the next time up.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Decided against “hamelsstache”?

    • psuravens19 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM


    • UgglasForearms - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      Pitching him inside… part of the game. Hitting him on purpose… not cool.

  9. sportsdrenched - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Who cares, those are just spring training numbers….wait what? Two Home Runs in your first two AB’s of the regular season? That’s just stupid. Does he think he’s in a video game or something.

    • chacochicken - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      Video of a game.

  10. jonrox - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    What a selfish player. He killed two rallies!

  11. Francisco (FC) - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Ah, so the Nationals have grown the beard then:

  12. Tick - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Harper is on pace for 324 Home Runs this season. I wanted to say that before some boob on ESPN does.

  13. waiting4asuperbowl - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Stud. Nuff said

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