Appalachian State University baseball third baseman Beau Myers left his usual position to pitch to his brother Wil for the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby in San Diego’s Petco Park on Monday evening.
The Myers brothers came out to a loud ovation from Wil’s usual home crowd and the roars only escalated as Beau’s first two throws connected with Wil’s bat, sending them way passed the yard. Despite the hype and stage of the moment, the brothers shared a respite for laughter halfway through the round as one of Beau’s throws got away from him, hitting Wil lightly on the side.
The two laughed it off before Wil finished with 10 home runs (his longest traveling 431 feet) for the round, but it wouldn’t be enough as his first round opponent Adam Duvall hit 11.
The 25-year-old Wil has had a stellar second year as a Padre, hitting .319 with a 1.089 OPS in 36 games since June 1 to secure himself not only a spot in the derby but also a starting position at first base in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FOX.
The younger Beau is coming off his first season as a Mountaineer, where he started all but six games for the team and finished third on the team in steals (three).
His most memorable game against then-ranked No. 23 South Alabama (April 15), where he played the role of hero in the bottom of the ninth as his bases-loaded walk capped a three-run rally to lift Appalachian State to a huge victory and its third-straight walk-off victory at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. The 4-3 triumph was South Alabama’s first Sun Belt Conference loss of the season.