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J.J. Hardy hit his first home run of the 2014 season

Jun 21, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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It took him 65 games, but Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is finally on the board. Hardy belted his first home run of the season, taking a 95 MPH Jose Ramirez fastball out to left field at Yankee Stadium.

Between 2007-13, the only shortstops who out-homered Hardy (144) were Troy Tulowitzki (154) and Hanley Ramirez (161). That’s why it was such a surprise to see Hardy on such a lengthy homerless drought. His last home run, prior to Saturday afternoon, occurred on September 5, 2013 against the White Sox.

Hardy, 31, will be free agent after the season following the conclusion of a three-year, $22.25 million contract with the Orioles. He is slashing .291/.319/.368 with the one homer and 16 RBI on the season.

  1. randygnyc - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    PED free. Finally, after 2 years of sustained usage, hardy is off the roids. It shows

  2. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    @randy that’s an awful bold assumption/accusation. Care to justify?

    • drewzducks - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      He’s a Yankee fan. If anyone knows a roider when they see it it’s a Yankee fan.

      • miguelcairo - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:12 AM

        Uhh, ok.

  3. mfrizzle - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    I’m sure being off PEDs has contributed to him hitting .290 instead of .240 like he has in previous seasons in Baltimore.

  4. RickyB - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    The best part was the silent treatment given by the dugout, so Hardy showered himself with sunflower seeds to celebrate. Fun stuff to see, even for a Yankee fan.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Didn’t see or know that…

      That is cool…

      Love it when guys know how to have fun and not take things the wrong way…

      Sorry to change to basketball, but when that Adams rookie was blown off when he offered a high five to someone, he simply high fived himself…

      Kid gotta lot of love after doing that…

      Nice reaction by Hardy to shower himself with sunflower seeds… wish I would have seen that…

  5. schrutebeetfarms - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    twins could use him……wait

  6. pisano - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    No offense to Hardy, but look who he hit it off of, Vidal Nuno, aka the 2014 version of Phil Hughes.

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