Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was pelted by a 98 miles per hour fastball by San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland Monday, and Harper was not happy. Harper had taken exception to getting hit with a 98-mph fastball by San Francisco pitcher Hunter Strickland, so he charged the mound, threw his helmet and sparked a benches-clearing brawl.
Her added Harper's suspension came "for charging the mound, throwing his helmet and fighting". Michael Morse, the third man in on the Bryce Harper-Hunter Strickland fight that cleared both benches on Monday, was leveled by the fourth man in, Giants teammate Jeff Samardzija.
Bryce Harper will get a chance to hit against one of his least favorite pitchers when the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants complete a three-game series Wednesday night.
In 2014, during the playoffs, Harper twice homered off Strickland in a series the Giants won.
The 6-foot-4 Strickland hit Harper in the face, then they broke apart for a moment before squaring off again. The MLB should look to give this suspension out to Strickland, considering he did not go after Harper's head or anywhere else where his long-term health could be at stake.
Monday's game marked the first time the two competed against one another on the field since that 2014 matchup, and it certainly didn't take them long to get reacquainted. Harper was seen barking at Strickland during his home-run trots back then, probably because Strickland stared at him all the way around.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker defended Harper for his fiery response to a plunking he believed was intentional.
Over at AT&T park on Wednesday, the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants will be wrapping up their Major League Baseball series. "I don't know why he's thinking about it".
"Samardzija saw blood a little bit, I thought", Harper said. He continued to say that he did not know why Strickland decided this was the appropriate time for revenge.
Buster Posey is the leader of the San Francisco Giants.
"You either go to first base or you go after him, and I chose to go after him", Harper said of his decision to charge the mound.
After the first homer, Strickland said he wasn't afraid of Harper. "Like I said, it was three years ago, over a thousand days, I guess", Harper said.
In baseball, you back up your teammates - always - but Posey, who should have tried to tackle Harper as he raced towards the mound, stood instead at home plate until the brawl was quelled.
Even when he had to spend long stretches of time in the Washington dugout as his teammates piled up hits, Gonzalez never really got cold.