By: Tim Jordan
On Thursday Bryce Harper hit is 100th career home run and it was his first career grand slam. While rounding the bases it looked like he missed stepping on first base, but he wouldn’t leave this milestone homer to chance.
“I didn’t want to be called out,” Harper said. “I hit [the base] with the back end of my heel. But you never know with replay. I wanted to make sure that I get past it and get home.”
That home run made Bryce the 8th youngest player to hit 100 home runs. At 23 years and 181 days he trails only Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Cabrera. He surpassed Hank Aaron, Albert Pujols, and Ken Griffey Jr. Considering that he only played in 100 games two years ago, that is pretty good company to be in. Should he stay healthy, Harper has a chance to continue rewriting the record books.
Harper hasn’t slowed down one bit since winning the NL MVP award last season. In the season opener, he showed no signs of change by homering in his first at bat. Harper has a flare for drama and his milestone homerun gives him yet another reason to celebrate.
“It was awesome. It was my mom’s birthday, so I was able to hit her a homer,” Harper said.
The season is young and so is Harper, and he is just getting started!