Bryce Harper smacks a broken bat home run vs. Mets

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In the first inning of Monday's game at the New York Mets, Harper hit a 406 foot home run off New York starting pitcher Jacob deGrom.

While it's probably easiest for Harper to hit home runs with regulation size baseball bats, he proved tonight that it's not totally necessary.

"Barreled it pretty good".

The hit was Harper's MLB-leading eighth home run and gave the Nats a temporary lead at New York's Citi Field. "It just broke and kept going".

With two down in the top of the first inning against the Mets, Harper took the first pitch of the at-bat and sent it into the stands.

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"Yeah, that was pretty shocking", deGrom said.

I've never seen a broken bat home run quite like this before though.

As Harper rounded the bases, first base coach Tim Bogar picked up the few inches of lumber left in the former NL MVP's batting gloves and handed it to a bat boy.

'He started to flex when he came back.

Trea Turner and his Washington teammates were marveling over how Harper did it.

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