Films on Friday: Bryce Harper’s Hair


Remember that tweet from a few months ago from Bryce Harper’s brother, Bryan? You know, this one:

Well, turns out this was a teaser ad for Blind Barber hair products, in which Bryce announced he’d become an investor. The full ad won the advertising industry’s 2018 Clio Fashion & Beauty Silver award:

 

 

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

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MLB Activities for Hispanic Heritage Month


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Roberto Clemente, 1962 (photograph courtesy of Wikipedia)

Hispanic Heritage Month is officially from September 15 through October 15. However, many MLB clubs have already begun the celebration. On Monday, MLB issued a press release on the activities they will host during Hispanic Heritage Month (I still want to know how I can get a Ponle Acento shirt):

MLB celebrates Hispanic and Latino culture & contributions throughout September

In addition, voting is underway for the 2018 Robert Clemente Award, which is “bestowed annually to the player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.” You can vote at MLB.com/clemente21.

In a related note, last week, Bryce Harper wore specially-designed cleats in honor of Roberto Clemente Day. He also won National League Player of the Week last week. Just a coincidence?

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week: 7/15/2018-7/21/2018


There were a lot of baseball highs (All-Star Futures Game, Home Run Derby, and the All-Star Game itself) and lows (bye-bye, Manny) last week, but the absolute best? Bryce Harper’s headband:

~ baseballrebecca

Mr. and Mrs. Harper


Bryce Harper and Kayla Varner tied the knot last Saturday in San Diego…

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For Time & All Eternity #mrandmrsharper

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Recognize any familiar faces in the wedding party?

The Derby Must Go On


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Miguel Cabrera, 2012 (photo courtesy of Cbl62 via Wikipedia)

Despite previous announcements that David Ortiz, Robinson Cano, and Miguel Cabrera would be participating in the Home Run Derby for the Caribbean Series tonight, MLB and the MLBPA announced on Monday that they would not be allowed to participate, reminding us yet again of the business aspects of the game.  As reported by ESPN, the MLBPA executive director explained that participation in the derby would be contrary to the players’ best interests because, “Unfortunately, the people in charge of the event didn’t follow the necessary protocol to ensure that any major leaguers participating in an event like that one is protected from a possible injury.” Nonetheless, the derby will go on. Remaining in the contest are: Alfred Despaigne and Yosvani Alarcon of Cuba’s team, Felix Perez of Venezuela, Cyle Hankerd of Mexico, Kennys Vargas of Puerto Rico, and retired MLB player, Vladimir Guerrero. ESPN noted that Vargas is also an MLB player, but will be permitted to participate in the home run derby, unlike the other, higher paid, MLB stars.

 

Tonight’s home run derby will also make history as the first one conducted as part of the Caribbean Series. That made me wonder how long the concept has been around. The first home run derby I can remember is, naturally, the one Cal Ripken won in 1991. The other memorable HR derby, for me, was part of last year’s AAA All-Star Game, where another of my Orioles, Dariel Alvarez, won with a total of 21 home runs over three rounds.

So when did “home run derby” first become part of our lexicon? Although the first MLB home run derby was conducted in 1985, it wasn’t televised until 1993. Unfortunately, minor league baseball home run derbies were not so easily Googled, so they will require more research. I did, however, find out about a TV show from the 1960s called, “Home Run Derby.” (I’ll post more about that tomorrow.)

One of the coolest things I uncovered was this footage from 2009 with 16-year-old high schooler, Bryce Harper, competing against minor leaguers – and winning – a home run derby in Salt Lake City, UT.

Enjoy!

 ~ baseballrebecca