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Bryce Harper Hits First Career Home Run

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 14: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals hits his first career home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park on May 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages. I am proud to bring to you the moment you've all been waiting for.

    No, it's not Bryce Harper getting a haircut, but it's close.

    Harper, after hitting too many doubles, finally hit his first career home run Monday in the Washington Nationals' 8-5 win over the San Diego Padres.

    Harper took a Tim Stauffer pitch deep to dead center field for a 429-foot bomb in the third inning. After rounding the bases, he made a curtain call and acknowledged the fans in attendance.

    According to STATS LLC, Harper -- at 19 years, 221 days old -- is the youngest player to knock a homer since Adrian Beltre did at 19 years, 171 days old in September 1998.

    Now that that is out of the way, Harper can focus on other things, like getting a haircut. Really, Bryce, get a haircut.


    Adam Vingan is co-founder and editor of Kings Of Leonsis, a Caps-centric blog. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_KOL and e-mail your story ideas to adamvingan (at) gmail.com.