Sure, the Home Run Derby is just a sideshow held on the eve of the All-Star Game.
But this year’s version ended with an electrifying comeback by Washington outfielder Bryce Harper, who trailed Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs 18-9 in the final round.
With his back to the wall, Harper hit nine homers in a 10-pitch span before the clock struck zero. In his bonus time, Harper hit a no-doubter to center.
Did Harper get a little help from his dad, who was pitching? Seemed like it, because a ball is supposed to land before the next pitch is thrown.
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But it’s the Home Run Derby, so there is no reason to get too bent out of shape. Particularly when watching this final 60 seconds of swings by Harper:
In bonus time, Harper won it with this shot on his second swing:
After it was over, Harper and Schwarber sent messages to each other on Twitter: