Video: Watch Bryce Harper Crush His 1st Home Run with Phillies into Upper Deck

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 30, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 28: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds the bases to score a run on a grand slam home run by Rhys Hoskins #17 during the game against the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park on March 28, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Apparently unhappy with getting some boos in Thursday's season opener, Bryce Harper gave fans at Citizens Bank Park something to cheer for Saturday by hitting his first home run with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Harper's blast came in the bottom of the seventh off Atlanta Braves reliever Jesse Biddle:


Bryce is on the board! https://t.co/Lme77DJjH9

If it seemed like the ball was hit hard and traveled really far, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki provided the Statcast numbers that confirm both things are true:

Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

The fans want a curtain call. Harper gives them one. The man is fired up. Ball left his bat at 113.7 mph. It traveled a projected 465 feet, Harper's second-longest homer tracked by @statcast

A small group of Phillies fans couldn't wait one game to turn on Harper, greeting the 2015 National League MVP with boos after his second strikeout on Opening Day. 

Hopefully Harper's first monster home run in a Philadelphia uniform calms those fans down, because the new-look Phillies have the potential to be special in 2019.