It was starting to feel like Bryce Harper was never going to homer with runners on base again.
After all, his last two home runs of the 2020 season were solo shots. And then he hit solo after solo this season, totaling 14 solo homers. He blew past the franchise record and was two bombs away from tying the MLB record set by Felipe Alou way back in 1966.
On the one hand, I was kind of hoping he’d tie – or even surpass – Alou’s record. I love baseball history and have always been fascinated by records, especially when it’s a record as old as Alou’s, or the one Aaron Nola tied earlier this season.
But in the present, Harper came into Tuesday night’s game with 14 home runs, second-most on the roster. Andrew McCutchen tied him with his 14th homer in the first inning, a mammoth grand slam off of former Phillie Jake Arrieta. He now has seven home runs in his last 13 games.
Phillies fans were shocked by Harper’s first multi-run homer of the year.
Harper’s first multi-run homer since September 2020 became a trending topic on Twitter:
Even the Phillies social squad couldn’t believe the moment had finally come:
This is probably how Phillies fans felt when the franchise won its first World Series, 97 years after the team’s inception.
Okay, maybe not, but it’s good to know Harper can knock one out of the park and drive in his teammates at the same time.