How’s that for making baseball fun again?
In the top of the eighth inning in San Francisco on Monday, Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland beaned Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper with a fastball to the right hip. Harper immediately charged the mound, throwing his helmet to the side and throwing punches at Strickland.
Benches proceeded to clear.
It appears Strickland was still upset about a Harper game-tying home run off him in Game 4 of the 2014 NLDS in which Harper stood in the batter’s box to admire the shot. The Giants would go on to win that game, 3-2, and ultimately the World Series.
The score was 2-0 Nationals at the time of the incident. Both Harper and Strickland were thrown out of the game — Harper’s ninth career ejection, Strickland’s first.
Baseball writers note that Giants catcher Buster Posey did not immediately go to stop Harper, indicating he may not agree with hitting a guy three years after he took you deep.
One Twitter user suggested Posey has a surgically repaired ankle and did not want to take any chances. Posey had the surgery in 2011.
Harper is tied for the National League lead in home runs (15) and is fifth in RBI (41).