Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper may not participate in the home run derby at this year’s All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. While he is yet to be asked to joined, he is unsure about whether he would even want to accept without his father pitching to him.
“I probably won’t be able to do it this year, because he’s my guy,” Harper told Cincinnati.com. Harper’s father, Ron, is recovering from rotator cuff surgery following a snowboarding accident.
If Harper wants to participate and his father can pitch, the moment would be a little more sweet since Ron grew up rooting for the Reds.
“It was weird because he’s from Vegas, and the Dodgers at that time were the big rivalry, but my dad always liked the Reds,” Harper said. “I think my first Little League team was the Reds. My dad was a huge fan of them. (I’d watch the Big Red Machine on) ESPN Classic, of course. My dad taught me about the Big Red Machine and all those guys. And then there’s Barry Larkin – I could go on and on. I know a lot about the Reds’ history because of my dad. It’s fun to talk to him about it.”
Harper remains undecided at this time.