On Saturday afternoon at Citi Field, the Nationals needed a little something extra to slip by the Mets. Gio Gonzalez imploded, Ryan Zimmerman headed to the disabled list, and Bryce Harper hit two home runs, the second being a mammoth shot that won the game for the Nationals 7-6 (and won us yet another parlay bet).
The first one comes off poor Jeremy Hefner. We’ve got a new nickname for Hefner. We’re going to start calling him “The Organ Donor” because all the guy does is give away pieces of himself – vital organs, one by one every time he makes a start.
We’ve covered this before, but Bryce Harper has really taken a liking to Jeremy Hefner in his short time in the big leagues. The last time they crossed paths, Harper hit a 434-foot shot.
This one wasn’t quite as far (423 feet is all), but it certainly got out just as quickly. And oh look, there goes Hefner’s liver landing in the bullpen in right center!
The second one was the monster blast. I can’t wait to see the measurement on this one (that’s what she said). And according to Hit tracker online, it traveled 433 feet. It was getting late in the day, and Harper needed some Dunkin’ Donuts. You probably didn’t realize that sign was there. No one in the Mets lineup can hit a shot to that part of the park. But as Harper illustrates, it’s there.
So let it be said, and let it be written; that on this April 20th day in 2013; Bryce Harper hit over 850 feet of home runs at Citi Field and put his team on his back in route to a win.