The 2017 T-Mobile Home Run Derby field is all set. The biggest news of the day is that Aaron Judge is doing the contest. The second best news of the day is that Cody Bellinger has entered the field. Miguel Sano and Giancarlo Stanton are also in.
However; guys like Joey Votto and Bryce Harper ducking the derby force guys like Justin Bour, Gary Sanchez, and Charlie Blackmon into the derby; and will keep it short of being the greatest field ever.
Especially Harper – Mr. Make Baseball Fun Again himself. Is this guy a complete fraud or what? When he’s not a walking billboard advertisement for some type of product, or making headlines for some side-quote baggage or secretly flirting with the Cubs or Yankees for 2018; he’s totally contradicting everything he supposedly wants to be.
Here was what Bryce Harper said, in regards to doing the Home Run Derby:
“We hope you do the Home Run Derby, Bryce,” he said. “I know–”
“I’m not doing the derby,” Harper interjected. “No chance.”
For the record, Harper hasn’t promised to do the Home Run Derby next year at Nationals Park, assuming he’s invited.
“I don’t even know if I’m gonna do it next year or the next or any other time ever,” Harper said before the all-star break last year. “I just don’t feel like doing it.”
Moving on, it’s going to be a lot more fun to just watch Judge go against Stanton with Sano and Bellinger in the mix. To Hell with Bryce Harper. Hopefully he’s never asked again, since he’s suddenly too good for a contest that is designed for the fans who will pay the $600 million dollar contract he is obsessed with getting.
Onwards and upwards.