This still stands
And this is still happening
As I've said - I don't care if Bryce actually participates in the Derby. Do what you want. I do care that Bryce made a big show at the beginning of the year about wanting to "make baseball fun again" then when given the opportunity to do something most casual fans consider baseball's "funnest" thing, he refuses. If you don't actually want to put effort into making baseball fun - then don't talk about it.
So what does Bryce actually want then? He wants baseball to love everything that he does. He considers that "fun". Bryce wants to make baseball fun again... for himself. Honestly this isn't a terribly big deal. But bad show, Bryce. We're past the "just a kid" part of your life. No excuses now for when you do something stupid.
Of course most Nats fans won't care about him not being in the HR Derby* They'll care about the fact he has not yet began hitting like Bryce Harper can hit. Tehy'll care that he struck out looking (what is he, a Met?) in the biggest at bat last night. They'll care that the Nats are a loss and a Mets win from being right back where they were before the Mets series when a sweep was supposed to propel the Nats to a run away NL East given the upcoming schedules. Oh well. Nats will be in first place - by a decent amount after
July 7th. Maybe a game or two closer than I'd like but certainly not in trouble. Maybe not the way you'd expect them to get here but still here. They are where they should be. That's all you can ask.
*Please note that the idea the HR derby messes you up is almost complete nonsense. Don't make me go over the reasons why or pull out the stats. I'll do it.