Bryce Harper will have his father throw to him at Home Run Derby
Washington Nationals’ outfielder Bryce Harper will have his father Ron throw to him at the Home Run Derby on Monday night at Citi Field.
According to the Washington Post, Harper asked his father to throw to him in the Home Run Derby immediately after Harper found out he was participating in the competition. Harper asked his father to throw to him because he has thrown a million pitches to him in his lifetime.
“I’m excited to share that moment with him,” Harper said.
Harper joins American League captain and New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano as another member of the Home Run Derby on Monday who will have his father pitch to him.
Cano’s father, Jose, pitched to Robinson in the last two Home Run Derby competitions. Cano went on to win the 2011 Home Run Derby in Arizona, according to MLB.com.
Ron Harper prepared for the event in Class-A Hagerstown where his son and Bryce’s brother Bryan is a relief pitcher. Ron threw batting practice to the team recently.
Harper, 20, is making his second All-Star Game appearance and has 13 home runs in 58 games this season with the Nationals.