Mike Rizzo on All-Star Week: 'D.C. should be proud'

Chris Lingebach
July 18, 2018 - 6:07 pm

All of the baseball world descended upon Washington, D.C. for the 89th MLB All-Star Game and the week of festivities leading up to it.

Bryce Harper put on an electrifying performance in capturing the Home Run Derby crown, after which the hometown hero was extremely emotional, seemingly falling in love with Nationals fans all over again. In a record-setting slugfest, the 89th annual All-Star Game featured 10 home runs and an American League victory in extra innings.

"It was an awesome event," Nats GM Mike Rizzo said during his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance, sponsored by Burke & Herbert Bank. "D.C. should be proud. The Lerner family should be proud. It was a wonderful spectacle that we put on here in Washington, D.C."

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"D.C.'s been special to me and it really shined this week," he said. "We dedicated a bunch of fields for kids. The Harper dedication out in Herndon was great, then you tack on that beautiful Home Run Derby and a great (All-Star Game), the hot summer weather. You know, the weather cooperated enough for us. A little bit of rain there, but it didn't put a damper on the game at all."

Harper's exuberance in winning the Home Run Derby Monday night could only be rivaled by his Nationals teammates, Max Scherzer and Sean Doolittle, who hooted-and-hollered their way over to Harper to present him with the championship trophy, only adding to the adrenaline-filled moment.

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"They were all fired up about it, and you saw Davey was fired up," Rizzo said. "They were all there. They don't have to be there. They're not obligated to be there. They wanted to be there for Harp and for the D.C. fans, and what a wonderful ending to a great, competitive Home Run Derby."

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