NEW YORK — This was shear energy by Bryce Harper.
Harper’s bat shattered simply above his palms, and the barrel helicoptered into the excessive, protecting netting behind dwelling plate on the first-base facet.
The ball sailed far over the wall in right-center at Citi Field. Harper hit his major-league-leading eighth dwelling run, a solo shot within the first inning, on a 95 mph fastball from Jacob deGrom. Statcast projected the homer at 406 toes.
As Harper rounded the bases, first-base coach Tim Bogar picked up the few inches of lumber left within the former NL MVP’s batting gloves and handed it to a bat boy.
On his approach again to the dugout, Harper playfully pulled up his sleeve to indicate his biceps.