After Detroit slugger Prince Fielder, Colorado's Michael Cuddyer, Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez and Baltimore's Chris Davis all had their turns, it was time for Bryce Harper. Cespedes' 17 HRs were the most hit by the first five hitters. Washington's slugger and his father took the field next. With Ron Harper throwing his son cutters according to Bryce's brother Bryan Harper, who's a Nats' prospect and was in NY, the Nationals' 2010 no.1 overall pick hit eight home runs before making ten outs, tying him with the Orioles' Davis after the first six batters had taken their swings...
David Wright was eliminated, leaving Cespedes and Davis on the AL side and Harper and Cuddyer for the NL.
In the second round, Chris Davis was eliminated before Harper stepped to the plate when he hit just four home runs, so it was up to Harper to either hit seven and tie Michael Cuddyer or eight to advance to the finals against the A's Cespedes. Harper had two outs before he hit his first home run in the second round. Harper hit home runs off the Dunkin Donuts sign in right-center; a line drive into the Mo Zone; one into the Pepsi Porch; one that just reached the right field bullpen and another over the owl's eye of the Wise Chips sign before making the third out. With five outs, Harper bounced another home run off the facade of the second deck. No.7 just cleared the XEROX sign in right to tie Cuddyer at seven. No.8 cleared the Gulf Oil sign, sending Harper to the finals.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a few for the heck of it in the second round, giving the AL the overall win, but who cares about that?
Cespedes vs Harper in the final!!
Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) July 16, 2013
I'm saying Harper over Cespedes for the hardware. #HRDerby— Jay Bruce (@JayABruce) July 16, 2013
Bryce Harper’s dad looks younger than Michael Cuddyer.— Eric Simon (@AmazinAvenue) July 16, 2013
The 27-year-old Cespedes and 20-year-old Harper went head-to-head in the finals, with a new HR Derby champ guaranteed either way. Harper's first sailed over the Subway sign into the Pepsi Porch. No. 2 traveled 384 ft into the Pepsi Porch. No.3 hit the Dunkin Donuts sign above the bullpen in right. Three outs later Harper hit no.4 into the Party City.com deck in left-center. No.5 was a line drive over the FreeCreditScore.com sign on the right field fence. No.6 cleared the Subway sign in straight right with five outs recorded. No.7 landed in the Mo Zone. [sings: "Gotta go to Mo's! Modells!"] No.8 cleared the Subway sign and landed in the first row of the second deck. That was it for the Nats' slugger who hit eight home runs in each of the three rounds.
Bryce Harper #Ironsheikclass— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) July 16, 2013
Gotta admit: It's pretty amazing Bryce Harper's hair stayed up with all this humidity. #HRDerby— David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) July 16, 2013
Matt Harvey (@MattHarvey33) July 16, 2013
Yoenis Cespedes hit his first of the final round over the Delta Airlines sign in the left field corner. No. 2 went 411 feet into the second deck in left. No.3 cleared the Party City Deck. No.4 hit the Parts Authority sign on the facade of the second deck. No.5 went 400+ feet into the PartyCity.com Deck again. No.6 cleared the Delta sign again. No.7 landed in the third level in left. Good Lord. No.8 went over the Mercedes sign in front of the Acela restaurant in left in Citi Field. With five outs remaining... Cespedes hit a 455 ft home run to center to win the 2013 Home Run Derby.