WATCH: Juan Soto breaks the space-time continuum

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Photo credit Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
By 106.7 The Fan
The Nationals and Yankees on Monday resumed a May 15 game which had been suspended at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Nats rookie Juan Soto, who was called up to the big leagues on May 20 (five days after the suspended game), gave Washington a 5-3 lead with a mammoth blast to the right-field concourse three batters into the resumed game on Monday, and the math is breaking people's brains.

It was Soto's sixth homer of the year (and third against the Yankees), but because the game technically began on May 15, did Soto somehow just homer before his Major League debut?
Let's sort through that in a second. First, let's appreciate how far this ball traveled. As Bob Carpenter described it: "The teenager visits a part of the ballpark that maybe Bryce Harper and Adam Dunn have."

#Nats' Juan Soto homered in his first @MLB start, and now, of course, he just homered in the resumption of a game that was started BEFORE his #MLB debut. So is this technically his first big league hit? Watch live: https://t.co/oRiWGgOqXL pic.twitter.com/AWMQEOIsbb

— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 18, 2018

Juan Soto's 5 career plate appearances against the Yankees:1. walk2. 3-run HR3. 436-foot solo HR4. groundout5. 433-foot 2-run HR

— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) June 18, 2018

That is territory you only see balls hit during BP. Maybe. On a good day. Very rarely. Goodness gracious.

— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) June 18, 2018

Now back to the clerical conundrum. 

Juan Soto - Washington Nationals (1) 2-run

— MLB Home Run (@MLBHR) June 18, 2018

JUAN SOTO BROKE THE HOME RUN BOT https://t.co/7nbDpeAD9E

— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) June 18, 2018

I mean, I just had to put Juan Soto's home runs in a graph. pic.twitter.com/brxXvEmzRI

— Zachary D. Rymer (@zachrymer) June 18, 2018

Juan Soto made his MLB debut on May 20. He just hit a -- in a game that started May 15.Have fun processing this. pic.twitter.com/MmCW2gvgSq

— MLB (@MLB) June 18, 2018

#Nats' slugger Juan Soto's third home run off the #Yankees in a week is the first home run in his @MLB career... pic.twitter.com/6YVY5WHHz5

— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) June 18, 2018

I've been at Nats Park for both of Juan Soto's first home runs.

— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) June 18, 2018

Juan Soto just broke the space time continuum. Good on you, kid.

— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) June 18, 2018

Hit a home run before he was called up! https://t.co/n3R9CQEQDZ

— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) June 18, 2018

Juan Soto just hit one over the second deck in right field and onto the concourse for a 2-run blast. 5-3 #Nats over the #Yankees... Soto's 1st... uh, 6th? home run.

— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) June 18, 2018

Juan Soto just homered *before* his @MLB debut. pic.twitter.com/oE3risiiRF

— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 18, 2018

That’s either his first career home run or sixth home run of the season. Idk idk

— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) June 18, 2018

Out: hitting a home run in your Major League debutIn: hitting a home run BEFORE your Major League debut

— Half Street Heart Attack dot com (@HalfStreetHeart) June 18, 2018

Here's the real answer, per Kyle Brostowitz of the Nats:

One of the more notable cases of this was Barry Bonds, who made his Major League debut on May 30, 1986, but eventually played in a suspended game that began on April 20, 1986.

— Kyle Brostowitz (@KyleBrostowitz) June 18, 2018

Another thing, per MLB Rule 9.23(d): "...all performances in the completion of a suspended game shall be considered as occurring on the original date of the game."Therefore...if Michael A. Taylor gets a hit in the first game, it will not extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

— Kyle Brostowitz (@KyleBrostowitz) June 18, 2018

So, uh, that should clear things up.

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