After missing 31 games because of injury, Bryce Harper made his return on July 1, 2013 at home against the Brewers. As he approached home plate for his first at-bat, D.C. fans gave Harper a standing ovation.
Just as fans sat back down, Harper gave them a reason to return to their feet.
On a 1-0 count in his first at-bat in 36 days, Harper smashed a pitch into the Brewers bullpen. Nationals Park rose to its feet, half-stunned, the other half not surprised, as everyone joined to applaud the 20-year old for igniting a spark.
Relive his thrilling return to the Nationals in the video below and come back every Thursday for more great plays from 2013.