If there ever was a perfect player to star in the MLB Home Run Derby, Washington Nationals young leader Bryce Harper is that player. His natural tenacity and drive make him someone that you don’t even worry about during the contest. He isn’t going to get too tired and even if he did he wouldn’t stop swinging. He is a hard-nosed Pete Rose type player and his showing in the 2013 Home Run Derby displays just how amazingly fun he can be to watch.
Consistency was the name of the game for Harper as he had 8 homers in each of the three rounds. He even slammed one of the longest of the night over 540’ over the second deck at Citi Field in New York City. The national stage and all of the pressure to do well in the derby led Harper to do something that was at once heartfelt and smart. He selected his father as his derby pitcher.
If you think that is an easy job, try going on to the park soon and throwing between 110 and 130 pitches to a very particular spot just over 60’ away. It isn’t easy but the fact that the father Harper was able to take part in the contest with his 20 year old son gave us all a peek into the kind of person Harper is. He is a good and kind guy, unless he is between the foul lines of a baseball diamond. The Miami Marlins catcher knows all about what Harper can do barreling down the baseline. It will be interesting to see what Harper, his wild hair and Rose-like playing style can do in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.