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Bryce Harper homers in first at-bat since coming off disabled list

Jul 1, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

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It didn’t take Bryce Harper very long to shake the rust after missing the past five weeks with left knee bursitis, as he connected for a solo home run in his first at-bat tonight against the Brewers. Now that’s how you return in style.

The home run was an opposite-field blast off Yovani Gallardo which just eked over the left field fence and nearly ended up in Sean Halton’s glove. After Harper rounded the bases and returned to the dugout, he received a curtain call from the energized home crowd at Nationals Park.

Halfway through the season, the Nationals haven’t been nearly what most of us thought they would be, but a healthy Harper should go a long way to change that.

Below is the video of the home run:

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    It might have looked like a homer to all people watching and Bryce “Achilles” Harper, but we’ll to ask Mike Rizzo and Davey after the game for their viewpoint on the matter.

  2. stabonerichard - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Bryce homered in his first two trips to the plate on Opening Day, and now this.

    He’s pretty good.

  3. goskinsvt - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Struck out in his 2nd AB. Cut him.

    • dcfan4life - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Flied out his third at bat, so bad…lol

  4. flamethrower101 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    The announcers noted that Harper’s BP session before the game went terribly, and that he “threw the bat down in frustration” afterwards. Safe to say he wasn’t frustrated there.

  5. beefytrout - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    “Who does this?”

    Bo f**king Jackson did it.

  6. sire2334 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    It’s amazing how night and day this team is when Harper plays vs. when he doesn’t. Almost as though there is more effort. Not sure what that says about the team or better yet Harper.

    • natslady - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Yeah, 13 runs yesterday (no Harper), only 10 today (with Harper)… I see the difference. :)

      • sire2334 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        Oh natslady….I’m not completely sure what their record is with and without Harper but I’m sure you know there’s a big difference. I think their recent success has a lot to do with Rendon.

  7. junglerat524 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    He went 1-4. Dear lord get off this guys nads already.

  8. kundratm - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    I’m pretty sure Bryce Harper has Bucco Fever too. That is the only explanation at this point.

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  10. muskyhunter2542 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    I think that I counld have hit a homer last night off Yovani Gallardo. And I play bar league Softball. He was soo off last night. Or for that matter all year.

  11. shawon0meter - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    What’s with all the signs out there? It looks like Monday Night Raw

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