Bryce Harper knows what it's like to play on a Little League field. He launched the winning blast on his second extra swing, holding his bat over his head and walking down the first-base line as it cleared the center-field fence.
A video of the complete ceremony is available online. But alas, Max Muncy was on fire, and Javy's 16 dingers weren't enough to get out of the first round.
The fact Harper's dad pointed to himself brushing back his superstar son is definitely hilarious, but it's also not the first time this happened. Harper reached the finals of the competition and then beat Kyle Schwarber in thrilling fashion with a walk-off home run in bonus time. But, the insane part is that the umpire is the one who gives the pitcher the go ahead, and the ump in question didn't dispute Harper's hits at any point.
With 1 minute and 20 seconds left in his four-minute block, Harper trailed 18-9.
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It's because the hitter who goes last finishes as soon as he passes the hitter who went first in home runs (if, of course, he's able to, which Jesus Aguilar was not despite being the Derby's number-one seed).
"That was the kid in me you saw tonight", Harper said.
"It's unbelievable, " Harper said, via ESPN. Hitting as many home runs as possible is a very hard challenge, especially because players had to aim for the multipliers to increase their score. But trying to track hit balls in the lights-tougher than it looks when they take off at 100-plus miles per hour, and when batters hit them in rapid succession-provided its own compelling entertainment all evening.
"I was a fan at that point", Hoskins said.
Sale and Scherzer are both making their third All-Star starts, joining 13 other pitchers with that distinction.