Bryce Harper has signified interest in participating within the Home Run Derby, but it might be under one condition. He must be selected to get on the team, which is sort of likely for several reasons.
He is the simplest known player within the National League, having won both the award because of the most precious Player and Rookie of the Year. Fans will very likely elect him as a starter, in spite of somewhat of a down year thus far.
On the rare chance that he doesn’t get the fan vote, Harper is going to be bound to make the team as a reserve. Not only is he deserving talent-wise, but the sport is being played in his home stadium in Washington.
Almost forty years earlier, the last time the nation’s capital hosted the Midsummer Classic, another popular outfielder was selected to start out ahead of the house team crowd. Had there been such a contest because of the Home Run Derby some time past, this guy would surely are one among the contestants.
After all, Frank Howard of the Washington Senators had led the league with 44 home runs the year before, the primary of three during which he would reach the forty-homer plateau. Much to the delight of the house town fans, Howard hit one call at his first at-bat.
Unfortunately, the celebs from the Senior Circuit had already plated three runs before Howard went deep, highlighted by a two-run homer from Cincinnati catcher Johnny Bench within the top half of the second. An inning later another of the dozen future Hall of Famers who played therein game, San Francisco first sacker Wilie McCovey, had a two-run blast.
Stretch McCovey wasn’t finished yet, as he hit another blast in his next at-bat. Not only was it impressive enough that it put the sport basically out of reach, but even more so because McCovey hit it off of reigning Young Award winner Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers. C
After slamming those two home runs, the apparent choice for the game’s M.V.P. was indeed McCovey. He and his fellow stars from the N.L. ended up with a nine to 3 victory, continuing a streak that saw the Senior Circuit win about one Midsummer Classic over a span of seventeen years.
Fans in Washington who were disappointed that their team lost some time past, hope now that the A.L. team loses this year. The new D.C. team is within the National League with a special name and a special stadium than the RFK park from 1969.
Two other aspects that are likely to differ during this contest are reflective of the way the game has evolved over the past forty years. That last contest in Washington was played at two within the afternoon, and it took only two and a half hours to finish .over
Expect the lights to get on for the July 17 contest this year, and expect them to glow for a length of a minimum of four hours.