Bryce Harper Conquers Opening Day with 2 Mammoth Home Runs
He came, he saw, he hit the crap out of the ball.
Bryce Harper managed to get all of Twitter talking with a remarkable start to the 2013 MLB season Monday afternoon. By the end of the day, he was 2-for-4 with two massive home runs, which helped propel the Washington Nationals to a win over the embattled Marlins, 2-0.
For fans of mammoth bombs, here is Harper's first at-bat of the day.
After an offseason fire sale, not many gave the Marlins a chance to make a dent on Monday, especially with Stephen Strasburg on the bump.
The young ace went seven strong, allowing just three hits and no runs in the win. Still, the "this game is over" moment may have been the second Harper connected on this 1-0 pitch from Ricky Nolasco.
Not one to do anything in the ordinary, Harper did the same thing in his second at-bat of the day to become the youngest ever to hit multiple home runs in his team's season opener. Mr. Nolasco, you have been owned.
Harper is coming off a remarkable rookie season that was largely overshadowed by what the American League Rookie of the Year, Mike Trout, did with the L.A. Angels.
It's a long season, but Harper pretty much quieted anyone attempting to debate whether there would be a sophomore slump from Harper.
In fact, the fans were saying quite the opposite:
According to my colleague @zachrymer, my NL MVP pick of Matt Kemp is already wrong. Thanks a lot Bryce Harper.— Adam Wells (@adamwells1985) April 1, 2013
He may have a future in this league. RT @eyeonbaseball: that didn't take long. Bryce Harper homers in his first at-bat— Matt Clapp (@sharapovasthigh) April 1, 2013
Bryce Harper: Two at-bats. Two homers. The man is 20 YEARS OLD.— CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) April 1, 2013
The 20-year-old wunderkind, who had 22 home runs his rookie year, already has two in 2013 and did not leave any questions as to where he is right now mentally or physically.
He hit .478 with three home runs in the spring, making it clear that this is going to be a magical month for the young Nationals slugger.
Now sit back and enjoy, because this is going to be fun to watch.
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