He has been around professional baseball for five decades and is aware some grudges last almost that long.
Almost three years after the 2014 postseason, when Harper hit two homers off Strickland, the Giants' pitcher made it clear he's still not over it. "I don't know. I don't know what was going through his mind or how upset he was the past couple of years". "Baseball is a game where you don't forget and you can hold grudges for a long, long time".
MIAMI (AP) - Giancarlo Stanton hit his third homer since moving into the No. 2 spot in the batting order, a change that has revived the Miami Marlins, who won their third game in a row by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on Tuesday night. In most cases, the pitcher's punishment is hard to figure out.
Harper then charged the mound and threw his helmet at Strickland inciting a benches-clearing brawl.
When I saw Harper go out, I actually thought he was going to throw his helmet at Strickland.
Both players exchanged blows for a few seconds before Strickland was knocked to the ground by an onrushing wave of players and coaches from both sides, amid much pushing and shoving. Harper and Strickland were ejected from the game, which the NL East-leading Nationals went on to win 3-0.
Baker argued last night and again this afternoon that Harper's reaction was just human nature as well, and he said he didn't think the discipline handed down by Major League Baseball was necessarily fair. Harper is blameless. If the suspension is upheld on appeal, Harper could be out of the Nationals' lineup for four games, the team weakened, entirely because of a serious offense Strickland committed.
It's possible that this Giants vs. Nationals brawl could lead to something else taking place in the series between the teams. "I know Bruce Bochy didn't give the command or order".
Harper charged Strickland after being hit with the first pitch of the at-bat, throwing his helmet. On Tuesday, the Nationals scored three times in the fifth inning on the way to a 6-3 victory.
"I'm not thrilled about (the suspension), but it's their call."The more disturbing part of the ugly scene may be how it took four of Strickland's teammates to force him off of the field and carry him into the clubhouse after the fight was broken up. As his teammates flew over the dugout railing, Bumgarner stayed put, perhaps because the left-hander is still recovering after injuring his pitching shoulder and ribs in a dirt biking accident in April. Maybe that will spare him the potential injury.
There's nothing in the rules of tennis that says your shots have to go over the net. "If anybody should get suspended, I think it should be their pitcher ... not [Harper]". Its more selfish because he probably wont ever get to come to the plate for there to be any retaliation..
The 2017 Major League Baseball season took a dramatic twist during yesterday's Memorial Day games. You don't want to make a mistake there. "No, not in that situation", Harper said.