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Bryce Harper will hit off his father in the Home Run Derby

Jul 15, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Tonight when Bryce Harper takes his cuts in the Home Run Derby he’ll be hitting off his dad, Ron Harper, who’ll be following in the footsteps of Robinson Cano‘s father.

“I’m excited to share that moment with him,” Bryce Harper told James Wagner of the Washington Post, noting that his dad threw “millions” of pitches to him and his brother Bryan Harper growing up.

Bryan Harper is a reliever in the Nationals’ farm system and Wagner reports that to prepare for pitching in the Home Run Derby Ron Harper threw batting practice with his son’s Single-A team.

  1. historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Wow, I hope his dad isn’t an ace like Cano’s. That would not go well.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Y’all know it was Cano’s dad was pitching to him when Cano won it in 2011 right?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        I’m sorry my joke was too 2012 for you.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        I have no clue what happened in the 2012 ASG, because as far as this Cano fan is concerned, it never occurred.

        So whatcha talking about willis?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        Nothing, honey. Go back to sleep…counting Cano homers.

        (PS As an AL fan, I, of course, believe that Cano’s daddy is a far superior pitcher to that Harper punk’s.)

      • coloradogolfcoupons - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        In an effort to wake his son up, and get him focused, Harper’s dad will start with some high and tight ‘chin music’, maybe even plunk him a couple of times, to light a fire and maybe keep up with Chris Davis….who, by the way, is going to prove his ‘Superman’ status by pitching batting practice to himself

  2. romoscollarbone - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Awesome. Loved when Cano did it, and love it again. It’s a really cool way to give back to someone who was equally committed to your dream.

    Parents do a lot when it comes to getting these kids all around for legion baseball, and tournaments all over the place.

    Good on you Bryce.

    • yahmule - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      A friend of mine had a son who played baseball with Bryce Harper for a couple years. He got a good look at the way Ron Harper managed Bryce and Brian Harper’s youth sports careers. He said the elder Harper was wrapped really tight. He also thinks Bryce’s father was the reason Bryce had a prima donna reputation coming out of high school. Not to say Bryce shouldn’t be grateful to his father and he clearly loves him very much. I can’t verify the information personally, but my friend is a very level headed individual.

  3. bigharold - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Worked for Robbie.

  4. 13arod - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Chris davis is still going to win

  5. 18thstreet - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to have Dan Haren pitch to him?

    #zing

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