Bryce Harper Defeats Kyle Schwarber in the Home Run Derby Final – The Whole Thing Was Awesome

Social Navigation

Bryce Harper Defeats Kyle Schwarber in the Home Run Derby Final – The Whole Thing Was Awesome

Chicago Cubs News

Dude. The Home Run Derby has always been fun to me. It’s not for everyone, but dang, I always enjoy it.

But that was as good as it gets. The format – timed, eliminations – certainly helps, and the fact that there were two Cubs going who did fun things. I think even non-Cubs fans, though, really loved this Derby.

Ultimately, playing in front of his home crowd, Bryce Harper beat Kyle Schwarber 19-18 in the final round – in extra time – to take the title. If it wasn’t going to be a Cub, that’s how it should have ended.

Schwarber hit 16 homers in the first round to beat Alex Bregman by one, and then 21 (at the buzzer) to walk-off the semifinal against Rhys Hoskins:

Even Harper was impressed by Schwarber’s walk-off:

Ultimately, though, a gassed Schwarber couldn’t quite take down Harper, but man did he make it fun in the process.

Javy Baez had an impressive first round, too, and had he faced a different batter, he would have moved on to the next round. But alas, Max Muncy was on fire, and Javy’s 16 dingers weren’t enough to get out of the first round.

He still did something awesome, though, hitting the longest homer of the night:

What a great night.

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

I pledged some big money to Make-A-Wish for the BN Blogathon fundraiser, and I’m all too happy to give $1 for each Cubs homer, plus another $100 for Schwarber making the final: $171 headed to Make-A-Wish!

Oh, also … love from the future teammates?


HEAD DOWN TO THE COMMENTS OR SHARE THIS SWELL POST WITH YOUR FRIENDS:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.