Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was the favorite to win the 2018 Home Run Derby heading into the event, and with good reason.
And while Harper has been in a slump over the past few months, he’s still in his prime at 25 years of age, and he weighs 230 pounds — most of which is lean muscle. Here’s more information on his workout routine and diet plan. No matter what form he’s currently in, he’s always a threat at the plate. Well, we now know where he gets it from, and it’s all about genetics.
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. Not only that, he rocked the same signature beard that his son has been known for in the past.
Had no idea Bryce Harper's dad was Bob Roode pic.twitter.com/az6Lyig84s
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) July 17, 2018
No wonder why Bryce Harper’s dad couldn’t throw strikes, the ball feels like a pebble to him. pic.twitter.com/nmw60KH5Yo
— Kent (@RealKentMurphy) July 17, 2018
Bryce Harper’s Dad is straight diesel pic.twitter.com/sm10ucBc54
— Baseball Fam (@ShtBallPlayrsDo) July 17, 2018
The Twitter reactions did not disappoint, either.
With Bryce Harper hitting .214 maybe MLB will let his dad pitch to him the rest of the season.
— The Parlay Kid (@thechalktalker) July 17, 2018
Bryce Harper’s dad belongs in the Cardinals’ pen
— Ben Frederickson (@Ben_Fred) July 17, 2018
Is Bryce Harper’s dad ex Giants closer, Brian Wilson?
— JB Brubaker (@JBBrubaker) July 17, 2018
The real hero of the MLB Home Run Derby is Bryce Harper’s dad’s biceps
— Dan LaMorte (@DanLaMorte) July 17, 2018
Harper did end up winning the Home Run Derby in front of the home crowd at Nationals Park — edging Kyle Schwarber to do so. Social media has been buzzing about both him and his father since that time, with good reason.