The Best Tweets From Last Nights Home Run Derby

Players and Fans React to Last Night's Competition

Bo Templin
July 17, 2018 - 11:21 am

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Last night was the MLB Home Run Derby at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Eight players were selected to compete in the single elimination style format.

Here are some of the best tweets reacting to the action: 

One of the early surprises of the competition was the opening round from Philadelphia Phillies slugger, Rhys Hoskins. The California native hit 17 home runs in the first round to move past Jesus Aguilar.

There was some drama in the first round matchup between Astro’s star, Alex Bregman, and Kyle Schwarber. Bregman, the smallest competitor and the largest underdog (+1000), had to surpass Schwarber’s first round total of 16. With just 30 seconds to go, Bregman needed two home runs to catch Schwarber. Bregman hit the wall on his last swing.  

Max Muncy and Javier Baez both entertained the crowd with their impressive performances, as Muncy defeated Baez 17-16.

The hometown hero, Bryce Harper, faced Freddie Freeman in the opening round and took care of business. Many people commented on Harper’s decision to don a stars and stripes bandana, arm sleeve, bat, and cleats.

The semi-finals began with Kyle Schwarber defeating Rhys Hoskins in the ultimate power hitting display. Many called this the best round of the entire derby. Schwarber ousted Hoskins with 21 home runs.

The other side of the bracket ended rather quickly. Harper was able to rid of Muncy with over a minute left on the clock. Harper would advance to the finals to take on Kyle Schwarber.

Bryce Harper delivered a performance for the ages in the final round of the home run derby. In front of his home crowd, with his father throwing the pitches, he put on a show. Harper took down Schwarber’s valiant effort of 18 home runs. As home run number 19 left the field, Harper used two hands to launch his bat in the air and embrace his father.

The MLB All-Star Game starts tonight at 4:30 (PDT) on FOX.