Harper's Derby winner saved from MLB auction

Brian Tinsman
July 26, 2018 - 11:52 pm
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No matter where Bryce Harper goes in the next six months, he will always have a piece of Nationals history that he earned on a muggy July night in 2018.

Earlier this week, MLB Auctions pulled down the auction of his Home Run Derby-winning ball, apologizing to fans and revealing that the ball would be given to Harper instead. This news was first reported by ESPN's Darren Rovell.

At the time that the ball was removed, it had already received 16 bids and totaled more than $7,000, which was likely peanuts compared to what the ball could fetch.

Harper made history by winning the first Derby at Nats Park, but also becoming just the third player from the host city to win in front of a hometown crowd. The moment was made more spectacular by his ferocious comeback, trailing the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber by 18 at the start of the final round. In the moment after being crowned champion, he shared the spotlight with his dad, who served as his pitcher throughout the night.

Harper has already said that this is the final Derby for him, so there will not be other souvenirs of this significance. This is a major part of history that now belongs to the history-maker himself.

According to Rovell's report, the ball landed in an area blocked off from fans, allowing MLB to secure the ball. Now, it can go back to its rightful owner, and hopefully serve as a reminder when Harper thinks back on the good times this offseason.

 

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