Bat breaks as Bryce Harper's swing sends ball flying for home run

Bryce Harper smacked a home run Monday despite breaking his bat in half in the process

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.

Harper seemed to realize he had done something ridiculous because he carried the bat handle with him all the way to first base, as if to make sure every understood what had just happened. According to MLB's website, the swing propelled the ball 406 feet, with an exit velocity of 99 miles per hour. No matter, though. Harper hammered the pitch over the right-center-field fence for his eighth home run of the season, as all those in attendance looked on in utter disbelief. The Mets swept Washington in D.C. last weekend.

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These are just some of the reactions to the phenomenal swing by baseball's home run leader.

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In San Diego, Yasmani Grandal hit a grand slam, Matt Kemp belted a three-run homer and Ryu Hyun-jin struck out nine in six strong innings for Los Angeles.

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Harper's two-run single off Jerry Blevins made it 6-3. One will be played as part of a doubleheader June 5, another as a single game August 20 - which was supposed to be a day off for both clubs.

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