Thursday, July 11, 2013
Harper on HR Derby and All-Star Game
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper has participated in only one Home Run Derby in his life: an amateur showcase in 2009 in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the then-16-year-old clubbed a 500-foot homer and was presented a trophy by none other than Davey Johnson.
So when he got the call from Mets slugger David Wright late last week, offering an invitation to compete in his first official MLB Home Run Derby, Harper knew he couldn't say no.
"I was just trying to think about for a couple of days, see if I really wanted to do it," he said. "I thought it would be pretty cool. And I didn't want to tell David Wright: 'No.'"
Harper will be the second-youngest player in Home Run Derby history, bested only by Ken Griffey Jr., who was 39 days younger when he competed as a 20-year-old in 1990.
He'll also be the first player in Nationals history to participate in the event, hoping to represent the franchise well and hoping not to elicit the wrath of the New York crowd at Citi Field on Monday night.
"I'm looking forward to doing it this year and seeing how it goes," he said. "And if I don't hit any, it's OK. I'm just trying to go out there and have some fun. Hopefully I hit a few so I don't hear any boos or anything."
Watch my full CSN interview with Harper above.