The morning after being hit by a pitch from kid brother Beau, All-Star cleanup batter Wil Myers of the Padres made light of his home-run derby plunking.
“It was great,” Myers told Times of San Diego. “It was perfect. It was everything I wanted it to be — it was a perfect experience for both of us.”
Minutes later Tuesday, at the All-Star Game FanFest, Myers took part in a clinic in which he was coaching kids at the San Diego Convention Center.
His job was to tag kids sliding into base. But at one point, he changed the script and started throwing small foam balls at the children — to their delight. The youngsters played dodgeball and tried to throw the All-Star souvenir balls back at him.
Monday at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, Myers “acquitted himself well in his inaugural Derby voyage, hitting 10 dingers but falling by one in a nail-biting first round matchup with Adam Duvall,” an MLB blogger wrote. “The real moral of the story, though: If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the new Derby format, it’s that family can’t be trusted.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune said: After the event Myers said he was upset about not advancing and call the beanball ‘a memory we’ll never forget.
He laughed about it, I laughed about it.’”
Social media had a chuckle as well.
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