Bryce Harper has always been exciting to watch with his all-or-nothing attitude. Everyone enjoys seeing him lunge head first for diving catches or losing his helmet hustling around the basepaths.
But this year has been the year Harper collects himself offensively and becomes more efficient at the plate. He’s swinging and missing less, and he’s tied for the MLB lead with 18 home runs — an entire month before the All-Star break.
Speaking of the All-Star break, Harper said he likely won’t participate in the 2015 Home Run Derby because his dad, who usually pitches to the Washington Nationals’ slugger, recently had surgery for a torn rotator cuff.
“I probably won’t be able to do it this year, because he’s my guy,” Harper said.
There is still a chance Harper participates, but it won’t be an easy decision for him because of his father’s injury.
“We’ll see if I end up doing it or not,” Harper said. “As of right now, I don’t know if I’ll end up doing it.”
You always want to see the game’s biggest stars compete in the derby. Growing up I watched guys like Ken Griffey Jr, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGwire go at it with epic battles at the dish.
The only way the derby can live up to the hype now is if you have Harper compete against the likes of Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout.
But still you have to admire the loyalty Harper has for his father.