Washington Nationals all-star Bryce Harper never graduated from high school — instead he earned a GED and went to play in junior college to speed up his arrival in the major leagues — but that doesn’t mean he lacks a bond to his local grade 9-12 institution. On Tuesday he showed that he’s still committed to Las Vegas High simply by setting foot on campus and taking some very big hacks from the school’s batting cages.
As noted by Nationals blog Federal Baseball (that’s an inside baseball sports law joke, folks), Harper and his father, Ron Harper, showed up at Las Vegas High to give Bryce a chance to swing the bat in the middle of the offseason. Among his other swings, Harper authored this moonshot of a drive off a Ron Harper fastball, sending the incoming pitch to absolute Kingdom Come.
That is some shot. Of course, Harper is some player. If it weren’t for Mike Trout, he might very well be considered the best young player in the game right now. He certainly has the power for that kind of hype, as Harper showed right there.