You Just Knew Bryce Harper’s 1st Trip to Fenway Would Yield Something Like This

The last three 19-year-old visitors to homer at Fenway Park: Robin Yount, Al Kaline and Mickey Mantle. The fourth was Bryce Harper.

Strasburg and Harper were on display in Boston yesterday, helping the Nationals lock down a 7-4 victory.

WaPo’s Adam Kilgore summed it up well:

BOSTON — A century’s worth of players have passed through Fenway Park, where history seeps through the emerald walls. Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper graced the cathedral for the first time on Friday night, and they did not dissolve into its annals. They made them richer, more complete: The old yard can say it bore witness to Strasburg and Harper at their unbridled beginning, the moment in time when the Washington Nationals became something fresh and different.

Two of the most arresting players in baseball spearheaded the Nationals’ assault on the Boston Red Sox in a 7-4 victory. Harper, the 19-year-old without an off switch, went 3 for 5 with a double, three RBI and a 420-foot, two-run home run. Strasburg, pitching on the two-year anniversary of his masterful debut, threw his first 100-mph fastball of the season, struck out 13 over six innings of four-hit ball and escaped a bases-loaded jam by throwing a 3-2 fastball with his 119th and final pitch.

And now for the footage of this majestic blast: