Harper gets mad at eventual HR, Bryant 1st to hit Wrigley videoboard

Kris Bryant is the first person to hit the new videoboard at Wrigley Field.
Kris Bryant is the first person to hit the new videoboard at Wrigley Field. (USATSI)

The Nationals-Cubs series has been heavily hyped around Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper. With good reason, too, given that Harper may well be the best player so far in the 2015 season while Bryant has been on fire since finally getting that elusive first homer just over three weeks ago. Oh, and they were both born in 1992 and grew up in Las Vegas as childhood acquaintances.

Tuesday night provided pretty good fodder on this front, too.

First up, Harper hit a wind-aided home run that is noteworthy for his reaction after hitting it and then there was one camera angle (sorry, not included in the video) that showed him saying "wow" as he crossed home plate.

Hey, that's the power of the Wrigley Field wind. One might recall that Harper said Monday that he didn't need wind. Well, we knew you didn't need it, Bryce, but sometimes it gives you one of those veritable freebies. And since it tied the game in the seventh, it looks pretty clutch in the box score.

Speaking of clutch, game-tying shots and definitely not needing the wind ...

After several slow-motion replays with my DVR, I was pretty sure that it hit the new videoboard in left field. Perhaps this can serve as confirmation?

MLB.com has pegged the blast at 477 feet. The furthest home run of the season, per Home Run Tracker, went 477 feet (A-Rod on 4/17), so this would match it. What a prodigious bomb.

The Cubs would prevail on a walkoff double from 21-year-old Addison Russell in the ninth, 3-2. It was Russell's third hit of the game.

Bryant is now hitting .289/.402/.504 with six doubles, seven homers and 32 RBI. All seven of his homers have come in the last 17 games after his early drought.

Harper, though, is hitting .331/.467/.734 with nine doubles, 17 homers and 42 RBI.

Quite a duo that played together as children, no?

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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