Normally, I’m with Zack Greinke when it comes to the Home Run Derby.
Zack Greinke, asked about his expectations for the home run derby: “I expect the home run derby will be boring and I’ll leave early.”
— Ted Berg (@OGTedBerg) July 16, 2018
But he and I were wrong this year. The derby was lit.
It was not without controversy, however.
In the final round, Bryce Harper tied the newly lean Kyle Schwarber‘s total on the last swing of his four-minute allotment at the plate. The Nationals slugger, competing in his home stadium, then walked it off in the 30 seconds of bonus time he’d earned by cracking two dingers at least 440 feet in the round.
Fans of Schwarber’s Cubs were displeased.
During a furious rally to catch Schwarber in the final minute of his regulation turn at the dish, Harper and his dad Ron, who was pitching to him, ignored the rule that requires players to wait for a batted ball to land before the ensuing pitch.
So r we just ignoring the fact the Bryce Harper & his dad cheated & did not follow the rules of the #HomeRunDerby ? The previous hit ball must hit the ground before the next ball can be thrown to the batter. Harper needs 4 Home Runs taken away, video evidence. #Justice4Schwarber pic.twitter.com/u0B5FPAlfV
— Franchise KLiQ (@FranchiseKicks) July 17, 2018
Cubs fans reacted like the unjust loss meant Schwarber was doomed to a “Hunger Games”-style execution.
My absolute favorite thing in the world right now is Cubs fan home run derby truthers who believe the Harpers were cheating pic.twitter.com/F7QEvPt5pj
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) July 17, 2018
Did the Harpers skirt the rules? Yes.
Is the Home Run Derby a silly game meant to pass time before the All-Star Game? Definitely.
Would Harper have had enough time to top Schwarber if he’d waited the extra split seconds to commence? Considering he won it with 22 seconds on the clock, yes, easily.
Give it a rest, Cubs fans.