Bryce Harper captures Home Run Derby crown
By admin - 2018-11-22 01:34:20

Washington Nationals star Bryan Harper finished the final round of Monday’s Home Run Derby with 19 homers at Nationals Park the night before the All-Star Game, winning the contest in bonus time over Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber.

As Harper’s second Home Run Derby, last night’s game was the first for the rest of the field. Harper lost to Yoenis Cespedes in the 2013 final at Citi Field in New York.

“At the 2015 All-Star Game, when Reds slugger Todd Frazier won the Derby in Cincinnati, Harper vowed that when the contest came to the nation’s capital, he would compete. He did that and more, joining Frazier and Cubs great Ryne Sandberg (1990) as the only players to win the Home Run Derby at their home parks,” reported Eddie Matz of ESPN.

“I’m very serious on the field. I am,” Harper said, in a post-Derby news conference. “I enjoy the game, and I want to win every single game I play, and I want to do everything I can to help this team win on a daily basis, and you guys see that.”

“But off the field, that’s the kid you see out there tonight, and I was fortunate to share that with you guys and show that to the fans. This wasn’t only for me and my family and everybody like that, but this is for, you know, the cook, the guy that works the front, and the people that work upstairs. I mean, this is the whole city of D.C. I was very fortunate to be able to bring this back to them and do it here.”

With less than a minute left in the final round, the Nats slugger trailed Schwarber 18-9. Harper sent eight straight offerings and nine of 10 from his father over the fence to tie it up.

On his second swing of bonus time, which he earned by belting a 473-foot shot in regulation, Harper hit No. 19 to solidify the crown.