Bryce Harper crushes his first home run for the Phillies

Bryce Harper crushes his first home run for the Phillies

Bryce Harper crushes his first home run for the Phillies

While thrilling in its own right, Bryce Harper's debut with the Phillies still lacked one crucial element: a hit.

Harper crushed the 1-1 pitch from Braves reliever Jesse Biddle into the second deck at Citizens Bank Park, an estimated 464 feet from home plate.

I wouldn't call it textbook, but gosh, there is some serious anger to Harper's swing.

Best of all, he got the baseball.

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The Braves' 10-4 loss to the Phillies on Opening Day disappointed and perhaps even alarmed some Braves fans who hoped for something energizing right out of the gate against a National League East rival, something like the opener a year ago that ended with a Nick Markakis walk-off homer against the Phillies. At 113.7-m.p.h. off the bat and a whopping 465 feet into the stands, it's the second-longest homer Harper has recorded in the Statcast era and, per MLB.com's David Adler, tied for second-longest by a Phillies player.

The home run may have been Harper's first of the season, but the Phillies bats were already rolling before he connected.

During the seventh inning of the Phillies matchup against the Braves on Saturday afternoon, Harper hit his first home run with his new team.

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