The San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals cleared the benches today, in what was most certainly not your typical bench clearing, as Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland exchanged a few punches.
San Francisco Giants reliever, Hunter Strickland, and Bryce Harper have a bit of a history dating back to the 2014 NLDS. In the top of the eighth inning, they faced off for the first time since that 2014 NLDS. It didn’t end very nice.
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Harper got plunked in the hip, and then proceeded to charge the mound. When he got there, he was met by a flurry of punches, and got caught in the jaw pretty good by Strickland. Harper did end up landing a punch on Strickland before everyone came together in a pile in front of the pitcher’s mound.
The fight ended with Bryce Harper being held back by one teammate, and five Giants attempting to somewhat budge the mountain of a human being that is Strickland.
What might be the most funny, or the most pathetic thing from this entire ordeal was Bryce Harper epically failing at throwing a helmet at Strickland. Plenty were out to make fun of the helmet throw.
We’ll keep this updated as more comes out on this, including quotes, and potential (incoming) suspensions.