Bryce Harper Charges Mound, Throws Punches at Hunter Strickland

Ivan Schwartz
May 31, 2017

Translation: If you're going to hit me, just don't hit me in my face, please. He's not a punching bag, he's human with emotions. San Francisco are 7-2 in their last 9 home games and the under is 16-7-1 in San Francisco last 24 home games while the under is 9-1-1 in Samardzija's last 11 home starts.

In 2014, the two teams met in the National League Division Series, and the Nats' big-time slugger clocked two home runs off Strickland in the series. Harper didn't simply walk it off and take his base. Strickland claimed Harper had beaten him on a couple pitches over the middle of the plate in previous at bats against him, so going inside was his best bet to get him out.

Harper may have proven a point he felt he needed to make, but after video of his charging the pitcher hit social media, Twitter went after him.

This is most likely not the end of the story; the Nats and Giants will both nearly certainly have some bad blood towards each other in the next games they play against each other, either at AT&T Park this week or at Nationals Park in August. Strickland hit Harper in the face, then they broke apart for a moment before squaring off again.

"I can see how (2014) stays in people's minds", he said. "They won the World Series that year and I don't even think he should be thinking about what happened in the first round". "I really don't know", one Giants player told Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

As the two players slugged it out, both benches cleared and Harper was eventually pulled away as the ugly melee continued. Strickland is still caught up in the past (a past in which he became a World Series champion I might add), so if he can't even take the good that comes with the greatest achievement in the game, then my guess is that he's insufferable to be around when the team is losing like they have been this season. "So obviously I'd rather miss in than over the plate".

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After the brawl began to simmer down, Strickland's teammates attempted to hold him back and get him to the dugout. The Giants catcher surprisingly stood idly by as Harper charged his teammate and tried to assault him.

Harper, a four-time All-Star before turning 24, has a reputation for brashness earned both through his words and his demonstrative on-field play. It's what's insane about our game when somebody takes a shot at you.

Justin Ruggiano got two hits, but was caught stealing on his first. "I don't think it's my place to judge the rules". In fact, if Major League Baseball wants to curtail intentional plunkings, it should probably stop suspending the victims who decide to charge.

It's part of the game.' Giants manager Bruce Bochy framed it for everyone.

"A baseball's a weapon, and to be able to use that to his advantage, what do you want to do in that situation?"

"You absolutely have the right to protect yourself", Knight said.

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