Bryce Harper is as sentimental about his first big league homer as he is about the rest of the many milestones in his baseball career.
The ball's headed for a cardboard box.
The 19-year-old rookie became the youngest major leaguer to homer since 1998 with a solo shot in the third inning of the Washington Nationals' 8-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.
After the game, the ball was sitting in his locker with ''1st ML HR'' written on it in ballpoint pen. The keepsake was going to get a place alongside his first home run ever - at around age 7 - and other mementos. He had a hard time remembering other saved items.
''I don't really keep track,'' Harper said. ''All my stuff is in just a box. Posters, magazines - I don't really care.''
Harper raced around the bases quickly after driving a 2-1 pitch from Tim Stauffer onto the grass backdrop just to the left of the 402-foot marker in the third inning. He continued his sprint straight to the dugout, where he exchanged h...