— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 3, 2017
Bryce Harper loves Opening Days. He loves going yard on Opening Days, too.
Just like he did in 2013, 2015, and 2016, Harper hammered an Opening Day home run Monday, putting the Washington Nationals on the scoreboard against NL East division rival the Miami Marlins.
Harper’s blast came in the sixth inning on a 2-2 count against Marlins reliever David Phelps when Phelps hung a 95 mph fastball over the middle of the plate. Everyone in the ballpark including Phelps knew the fate of the pitch as soon as the ball made contact with Harper’s bat. The ball carried 419 feet into the right field stands per Statcast.
— Neil Greenberg (@ngreenberg) April 3, 2017
Harper, 24, has now five Opening Day home runs in five Opening Days — he hit two in 2015. Harper was tied with Greg Bird of the New York Yankees for the most home runs in spring training. It appears he has brought his power swing with him to D.C. from the Grapefruit League.