Hometown hero Harper wins thrilling HR Derby over Schwarber

Rhys Hoskins lights up the Home Run Derby, eliminated in the semifinals

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League celebrates with the trophy after winning the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Mon., July 16, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Harper defeated Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs and National League 19-18.

Bryce Harper, who said he was exhausted after taking his cuts in the first round, certainly appeared gassed in the final round. The only players to win the Derby in their home park are Todd Frazier in 2015 and Ryne Sandberg in 1990.

Harper said he made a decision to participate in the Home Run Derby because it is in D.C. this time around. On Monday, after falling victim to Harper's epic comeback, Schwarber said he had a good feeling that it was the former MVP's night.

He can only hope this helps him get back into the swing. Each hitter is given four minutes from the release of the first pitch, and they're awarded 30 seconds of bonus time for hitting two homers that equal or exceed 440 feet.

Bryce's dad, Ron, pitched to him at the Home Run Derby, and baseball fans learned that he's actually more jacked than Bryce is.

Rhys Hoskins lights up the Home Run Derby, eliminated in the semifinals
Homer Harper takes Home Run Derby

To win, he needed to beat Kyle Schwarber's mark of 18 dingers in the final round (he did thanks to a furious late charge), so to get his mind right for the round at hand, Harper practiced ... bunting? He did great. So I'm really proud of him.

Also in the first round, Schwarber beat Astros infielder Alex Bregman, Hoskins won against Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar, and Muncy bettered Cubs infielder Javier Baez.

Here's the scene after the final swing. "The crowd is behind him". It was an incredible moment, not only for me but for this organization and the Nationals fans.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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