Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Bryce Harper wins Home Run Derby in home park

Bryce Harper wins Home Run Derby in home park

The fans dutifully cheered most home runs during the first round, but they saved their loudest cheers for Harper, the last player to step to the plate.

That analogy seemed most apt on Monday, as Nationals Park witnessed arguably the most thrilling moment in its history, all as part of an exhibition that didn't even include an actual game.

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar earned the No. 1 seed with his breakout first half.

Accentuating his uniform with an American flag sleeve and a District of Columbia flag bandanna, Harper hit 19 home runs in the final round to beat out Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber by a single blast. Hoskins pumped most of his drives into the left-field seats, where it's 336 feet down the line. "It kind of reminds me of the Silver Slugger".

Hoskins made good use of the format, taking his timeout at about the midpoint of both rounds. Schwarber racked up the highest total of runs with 55. After Muncy hit 12 home runs in four minutes, Harper went on to smack 13 jacks in less than three minutes to advance.

I have a hunch that all will be forgiven by those fans if Harper signs with the Cubs in the offseason.

Hoskins, who has 14 home runs this season for the Phillies, was invited to compete despite not being named a National League all-star.

Some D.C. fans have wondered whether Harper and the Washington Nationals have suffered Casey's fate.

And if he's ever asked to do it again? Of course, watching dinger after dinger is cool, too.

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