Bryce Harper Rallies, Wins Home Run Derby In Finals Seconds


Alone at the end of the night stood Harper, the hometown slugger facing comparisons to the hero of Ernest Thayer's famed 1888 poem, "Casey at the Bat".

The MLB All-Star Game will take place Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

A video of the complete ceremony is available online.

In the opening round, Hoskins downed Milwaukee's top-seeded Jesus Aguilar 17-12, Schwarber edged Houston's Alex Bregman 16-15, Muncy beat Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs 17-16 and Harper defeated Atlanta's Freddie Freeman 13-12.

Ripken's advice to Harper was to know when it is time to negotiate and when it is time to play ball. Harper reached the finals of the competition and then beat Kyle Schwarber in thrilling fashion with a walk-off home run in bonus time.

Harper is batting.214 - 60 points lower than any other National League All-Star.

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He arrived at the Bryce Harper All-Star Complex at Fred Crabtree Park on Monday morning with a simple message for all the young players sitting in front of him. After Muncy hit 12 home runs in four minutes, Harper went on to smack 13 jacks in less than three minutes to advance.

Afterward, Ron Harper said of his son: "He did great".

"I [knew] I better figure it out or I'm going to lose", Harper told ESPN."To be able to do that with [my father] is a dream come true".

"That was the kid in me you saw tonight", Harper said.

Harper had only 45 overall, but 1 more when it mattered most.

Harper advanced to the final with an astonishing spree of long-ball hitting. His score of 21 in round 2 was the highest single-round score of the night. Sale is starting for the third consecutive time and is the third player to do that, following Lefty Gomez and Robin Roberts.