UPDATE 3:35 p.m.
Bryce Harper spoke after the game about how and why he chose to use the bat. Quotes via CSN's Rich Dubroff:
Q: How'd you get the bat?
“When I was going to go to Japan this offseason, I was going to swing it in Japan; I have that one and the camo one, actually. I had it in the back. I brought it to spring training. I don’t know why I brought it, but I brought it. I went back there and said: ‘Why not?’ If I get swinging it, then so be it. I thought it was pretty cool and pretty patriotic. Being in DC and playing for the Nationals, it’s pretty cool.”
Q: Will you get in trouble?
“I don’t know. I might get a call or a letter or a warning or something like that. It’s a one-day kind of thing. I think it’s pretty cool to have certain things like that. Guys have cleats and batting gloves, so why not have a bat? I was lucky enough to have it in the back, and it worked out today.”
With the Nationals going with special uniforms for the Fourth of July, Bryce Harper decided to take it one step further.
He strode to the plate in the first inning holding a very eccentric yet patriotic bat, as pictured below.
I'd say that bat works pic.twitter.com/kFhUIKs7jp
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayCSN) July 4, 2015
And as always with Bryce, you knew something special was right around the corner. He quickly cranked a two-run home run (his 25th of the season) to right field off the Giants' Madison Bumgarner to extend the Nats' lead to 3-0.
Harper sure knows how to wish America a happy birthday.