Bryce Harper Ejected for Throwing Helmet, Punches at Pitcher Who Beaned Him

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Bryce Harper spent the weekend imparting some mildly unexpected wisdom to Little Leaguers. On Monday night, he again shared some of his baseball insights that might make youth baseball coaches cringe.

“You never want to get suspended or anything like, but sometimes you just got to go and get them and can’t hesitate,” the Washington Nationals outfielder said of charging at San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland and exchanging physical blows with the 6’4″,  220-pound reliever. “You either go to first base or you go after him and I decided to go after him.”

The incident came with Washington up 2-0 in the eighth inning on the road against the Giants with no men on. Strickland beaned Harper with a 98 MPH fastball and the Nats slugger charged immediately, appearing to consider chucking his helmet at the hurler before tossing it aside and opting for his fists as his weapons of choice.

“You see red,” Harper said.

Both players were ejected for trading blows as the Nationals won 3-0.

The two have a history—the last and only two times Harper faced Strickland, he launched two home runs off the reliever in the 2014 playoffs.

“I can see how that stands in people’s minds,” Strickland said.

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