Bryce Harper sat on 99 career homers for exactly one week, having fun with his quest along the way by putting '100' emoji stickers on the bottom of his bat, but on Thursday he finally got there, hitting the century mark against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park.
The milestone just happened to come on his first career grand slam, as Harper put the Nats up 4-1 in the bottom of the third inning against the Braves.
And at exactly 23 years and 181 days old, Harper became the eighth-youngest player in MLB history to reach 100 homers, barely edging out legends Albert Pujols, Hank Aaron and Ken Griffey, Jr. The youngest ever was Mel Ott of the Giants, who hit No. 100 at 22 years and 132 years old.
Tony Conigliaro, Eddie Mathews, Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones, Miguel Cabrera and Johnny Bench were the others to get there at a younger age than Harper.
Harper's big swing came on a 91 mile per hour fastball from Braves starter Julio Teheran. Harper launched the ball to right field and busted a panel in the screen lining the facade above the out-of-town scoreboard. Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and Chris Heisey came around to score.
After returning to the dugout, Harper emerged to a curtain call from Nationals fans. He clinched his fist and pumped it into the air to a loud applause.
Harper now has three homers in eight games this season for the Nationals. He clubbed 42 homers in 2015 at the age of 22.
Check out the homer right here:
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And here's a closer look at the scoreboard panel that he broke: