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Sunday night in Arizona, the phrase “the crack of the bat” was taken to a new level when the Nationals’ Bryce Harper hit one into the bleachers in the third inning against the Diamondbacks.

Harper hit that ball so hard, Charlie Brown could’ve been watching on television and still had his clothes knocked off.

The ball came off the bat at 115 miles per hour. It traveled 449 feet over a 376-foot-distant fence.

That ball went so far, it nearly hit the truck parked at the back of the bleacher section to promote Phoenix-area car dealerships; a claims adjuster for the insurance company just got spared a very weird Monday morning at work.

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Washington went on to win the game 6-4.

Harper made his mother proud on Mother’s Day, having previously in his career hit a nearly identical towering jack over the right field fence in early May:

Harper was also not the only star of the Nationals’ home run party; Mark Reynolds made his Nats debut and yanked a couple of deja-vu homers to left center:

The Nationals, who got off to a rough start this season with some atrocious luck in one-run games, stood 11-16 on April 28.

They are 13-2 since and completed a four-game road sweep of the D-backs, who dropped to 24-16 but still hold first place in the National League West.

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There is a maxim in sports: Great teams win big and lose close. In baseball, one-run losses out of proportion to a team’s overall record tend to snap back to the mean, as the Nats, who took two such games from the Diamondbacks this weekend, are now 5-9 in such contests after starting 1-8.

But the more important wins are the ones where guys like Harper and Reynolds just straight-up mash the ball, powering multiple-homer games and multiple-run victories.

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Harper now has 13 home runs on the season, tops in all of baseball; he has sole possession of first in the NL and is tied with Manny Machado of the Orioles and Mookie Betts of the Red Sox for first in MLB.

And in the ultimate show of respect, pitchers are scared to death of Harper, who leads the NL in walks (41) and intentional walks (eight) among all hitters.

But it doesn’t matter if you pitch around him. If Harper gets a hold of one and hits it square, it’s going to sound like a gunshot went off as the ball goes sailing into the cheap seats.

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Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Birthplace
Boston, Massachusetts
Education
Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Nevada-Reno
Location
Seattle, Washington
Languages Spoken
English
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