WASHINGTON — There was some confusion last week about Bryce Harper’s stance on the Home Run Derby, particularly the one slated to take place at Nationals Park in 2018.
Before a Tuesday afternoon game against the Brewers, Harper told reporters, “I’d like to wait until I came to D.C. and was able to do it,” according to Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post, confirming what he has said previously about waiting for D.C.’s turn at the All-Star Game in two years.
But later that evening, after a 5-2 loss to the Brewers, Harper seemed to send a different signal.
“I don’t even know if I’m gonna do it next year or the next or any other time ever,” Harper said, later adding, “I just don’t want to, plain and simple. I just don’t really wanna do it,” also according to Janes (and other reporters covering the Nationals that day). “I just want to enjoy my time, sit on the side, and watch it a little bit.”
Harper clarified those remarks, somewhat, during an interview Monday with Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports.
“You know, it doesn’t bother me,” Cowherd said. “I’ve said this about the Home Run Derby. LeBron doesn’t want to be in the Slam Dunk Contest. I totally get a guy not wanting to screw with his swing and not wanting to be in the Home Run Derby. What is your takeaway? Do you think you’ll ever be in one again? How do you feel about it?”
“Yeah, I mean, I did an interview the other day and I think people really misread that or took that offense, I guess,” Harper said. “But I want to do it in D.C. I saw what [Todd] Frazier did last year in Cincinnati and it was amazing.”
Okay, great. So he’s definitely doing the derby in 2018?
“I mean, I would love to possibly do it in D.C. and take the crown home in D.C.,” Harper continued. “I mean what better way to do it than in your hometown, and really what you do on a daily basis in front of your fans? So I’m probably going to do it the next time in D.C.”
“You know, Wil Myers is doing it here in San Diego for them, and, you know, next year in Miami,” he continued. “So I look forward to just watching it, enjoying it, and having some fun, but D.C., definitely, I would love to do it in ’18.”
Soooo…. yea or nay?
Maybe we should withhold all future Bryce Harper derby questions until 2018.