Harper excited to be with father for HR Derby

Nationals slugger will try to put on show in front of hometown

July 11th, 2018

PITTSBURGH -- What remembers the most about competing in the Home Run Derby five years ago was the chance to share that day with his father, Ron.
The elder Harper still throws batting practice to his son in the offseason, as he did during the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field. And Ron plans to do so once again at the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby when Harper competes in the event at Nationals Park. The competition begins at 8 p.m. ET Monday on ESPN.
"I think that's the coolest thing," Harper said. "Growing up, you always play catch with your dad and enjoy those moments, and I was able to do that every single day. I'm looking forward to just having the family around at the All-Star Game. Having my dad in the clubhouse. That's truly cool."
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Harper will be one of the headliners for the event, as the hometown star trying to win in his home ballpark, one year after attempted to do the same at Marlins Park as stole the show.
Although Harper's season has had its ebbs and flows, the power has remained. His 22 home runs were the second most in the National League entering Wednesday. Combining Harper's enormous power and ability to hit the ball hard gives him a chance to put on an impressive show for the fans at Nationals Park as the baseball world watches.
It's the kind of stage Harper thrives on.
"I think doing it is going to be a lot of fun," Harper said. "I was able to participate in New York the first time, and it was a lot of fun. If I win, I win. If I don't, it's part of it. I'm just excited to hopefully share that day with my dad ... But I'm looking forward to going out there and representing the Nationals and hopefully bring home the trophy."
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