Bryce Harper Back From the DL, Crushes Home Run in First At Bat (Video)
Before the 2013 MLB season started, lots of experts were saying the Washington Nationals were the best team in baseball, and that they would win the National League East in a cakewalk. Unfortunately, real life has a way of playing havoc with predictions.
The Nats have had a pretty rough year, relatively speaking. After getting off to a horrible start, they lost young superstar Bryce Harper to a knee injury for five long weeks.
While Harper was out, as you would expect, the Nationals didn’t do a whole lot to turn the season around. On May 27, the day after he hit the DL, they were one game over .500 and 4.5 games back of the Braves. On June 30, the day before he returned, they were one game over .500 and 6.5 games back of the Braves. So obviously, this is a team that desperately needs its best player.
So how did Bryce Harper do in his first game back from the disabled list yesterday? Well, it went an awful lot like his very first game of the season—he hit a home run in his first at-bat.
Actually, to be more precise, he hit a home run on just his second pitch. Take a look:
Nothing says “I’m back” like a home run in your first plate appearance. For the sake of the poor Nationals fans, I hope this is a sign of things to come.