The Wait Is over as Bryce Harper Smashes His First MLB Home Run

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 14:  Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals hits his first career home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park on May 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The 19-year-old known as "The Phenom" has a future of living up to hype and he continued to live up to it on Monday night.

It took more than two weeks, but Bryce Harper finally went yard for the Washington Nationals in D.C.

With two outs in the third inning and on a 2-1 pitch, Harper connected off San Diego Padres' Tim Stauffer for a solo home run to center field.

With one lightening quick swing, a legend was born at Nationals Park.

Harper had been slumping before the home run so perhaps this blast will start a power streak for Harper.

His power is well documented. Everyone has heard about his power, but now it is time for him to display it for all to see.

Harper hit 23 home runs last season between Single-A, Double-A, and the Arizona Fall League. This season he hit one home run at Triple-A Syracuse before getting the call up from the Nationals.

Harper's first home run might have been one of the most highly anticipated home runs from any prospect at the major league level. It certainly is one of many to come.

Harper finished the game 1-for-4 with his only hit being the home run. He is now hitting .232 for the season.