Harper seemed to realize he had done something ridiculous because he carried the bat handle with him all the way to first base, as if to make sure every understood what had just happened. The solo shot was his eighth of the season and came on the first pitch from Mets starter Jacob deGrom.
Of all the feats Bryce Harper has pulled off in his six-year Major League Baseball career, perhaps none has been quite as remarkable, impressive and downright preposterous than what he accomplished during Monday night during the Nationals-Mets game.
Then there is hitting a home run while breaking the bat, as Bryce Harper did on Monday night. "It just broke and kept going".
The ball traveled approximately 406 feet to right-center and deGrom admitted he could only stand and look as the ball sailed over the fence.
Harper hit his major league-high eighth homer, and his 33 1/2-inch, 31 1/2-ounce Marucci bat paid the price.
Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo headed toward the wall and quickly ran out of room. Harper held what was left of his bat as he made his way up the first-base line.
On his way back to the dugout, Harper celebrated by pulling up the sleeve of his shirt to show off his biceps. But anything like that?