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Mar 31, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) reaches on an infield single to second against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning of an opening day baseball game at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 9-7. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals' Bryce Harper destroys a ball into the upper deck for first home run (Video)

Well, it took a while, but Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper finally got his first extra-base hit of the 2014 season, and boy did he ever make a statement with it.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, Harper just absolutely tattooed a ball that hung over the plate from Marlins pitcher Brad Hand that went nearly halfway into the upper deck seats to get his team back in the game at 5-3.

That right there is one of the main reasons why he’s considered one of the best in the game at such an early age, and it’s a scary thought for the rest of the teams in the NL East that it’s something they have to deal with for years to come.

Not only did he show off his power, he showed that he can come up big when the team needs him the most, as they had fallen behind 5-0 early.

But after that shot, they’re right back in it.

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