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Video: Brewers catcher Manny Pina belts out “Hotel California”


Manny Pina hit .279/.327/.424 as the Brewers’ catcher last year. He only had nine homers. This morning in Maryvale, however, he knocked The Eagles’ “Hotel California” out of the park:

Best part of that video is not the singing, though. It’s the “We Play to Win” t-shirt. In 2018, there are only a handful of teams which can make that claim truthfully.

In other news, yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the release of “The Big Lebowski.” The Dude does not like The Eagles, but I bet he feels better about the Gipsy Kings. And probably Manny Pina too.

Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team

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Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.

Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.

Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.