Aaron Judge fought his way to the Home Run Derby title and further into our hearts like Rambo with a baseball bat for a machete or even like a Great Dane puppy. Maybe both. Gary Sanchez, Cody Bellinger, Miguel Sano — all contestants put up a fight and contributed to the night-long meteor shower of baseballs. God bless the long ball, each and every one. That includes the dingers from Justin Bour, who put up 22 dazzling home runs only to be beaten by Judge’s 23. Bour’s was a joy for Miami faithful on its own, but the most important discovery of the derby, out of all the bombs and celebrations, is the previously undisplayed relationship between Bour and Bryce Harper.
Monday’s contest Bour just enough evidence to declare a Harper/Bour Potential Bromance Alert. Code yellow. The possibility was the most intriguing after Bour hit his 22nd home run. I am no love doctor, but truly, what else could the most enthusiastic celebratory belly thumping a baseball field has ever seen mean?
Fine. That alone might be circumstantial, even if Harper was the only player to break away from the viewing gallery to celebrate with the most recent Masher of Baseballs. HOWEVER, I would like to submit to the (Aaron) Judge (sorry) EXHIBIT B: Kayla Harper’s Instagram Story.
— Edgar Allan Difo (@AndrewFlaxTNB) July 11, 2017
This is the post of a wife who has spent countless hours during precious few off-days being regaled with tales of Bour’s brilliance. An untrained eye could appreciate Bour’s baseball laser show, but Kayla appreciated it enough to use the ‘lit’ sticker, traditionally only reserved for the most sacred occasions.
If nothing else, Bour’s nativity to the suburbs of DC allows him to easily introduce Harper to the parents whenever he visits next (ahem, August 7). If nothing else, there will be donuts. And what else is love but donuts?Tags: Bryce Harper, Home Run Derby, Justin Bour, Nationals, Nats, Washington Nationals