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What Had Happened Was: 5/31/17 Oh, you didn’t know? We got you

Bryce Harper, Hunter Strickland, MLB, What Had Happened Was -

What Had Happened Was: 5/31/17 Oh, you didn’t know? We got you

GAME. BLOUSES.

We knew Bryce Harper was about that life since he came up to the plate against the Miami Marlins with J. Cole’s “G.O.M.D.” as his walk-up song … and then proceeded to hit his 99th career home run during the same at-bat. This, of course, was in response to the backlash the Washington Nationals superstar received after the release of his ESPN The Magazine feature Sorry, Not Sorry and wearing a “Make Baseball Fun Again” hat after the Nationals’ season-opening win in 2016.

He does what he wants, ’cause he’s poppin’. And, quite frankly, who’s going to stop him?

Well, on Monday, San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland tried his hand at raining on Harper’s parade by throwing a 98 mph pitch at Harper’s hip — which Harper later said he respected because he didn’t throw it at his face — and he caught hands for it.

It started a brawl, which resulted in some collateral damage the next day, with Harper receiving a four-game suspension and Strickland getting nailed with a six-game timeout.

“As I was going out there, the first initial reaction is you might get blindsided by one of their players coming in,” he said. “I’m kind of thankful that Mikey Mo and Samardzija collided because Samardzija saw blood a little bit, I thought. Very thankful for Mikey Mo.”

If Strickland was attempting to get Harper in line with the how-the-game-should-be-played crowd, or was seeking retribution for Harper taking him deep twice in 2014 — the same year the Giants won the World Series, mind you — well, he failed.

Let’s not forget that Strickland’s own catcher didn’t attempt to nip the situation in the bud when it became apparent that Harper was about to charge the mound. Neither did his coach, and fellow pitcher Jake Arrieta thinks the fight was “awesome.” Which it was.

So if the whole point of this exercise was to try to rope in Harper — congrats, Strickland, you played yourself. And for baseball fans who’ve been on the Team Harper train about making the game more exciting, one question: Are you not entertained?

BLESSINGS

SOCIAL STATUS

FOR THE CULTURE

Kids in New Orleans screen positive for post-traumatic stress disorder at more than three times the national rate.

Trial begins for Jeronimo Yanez, officer charged in the shooting death of Philando Castile.

Cleveland police officer who shot Tamir Rice fired from department.

A retired nanny from Brooklyn, New York, lost her entire life savings in a scam: “I don’t want anyone to be stupid like me.”

Lauryn Hill and Nas announce North American co-headlining tour.

Mississippi teen Jordan Blackwell gave his life shielding young cousin from gunfire.

TOP THREE TWEETS

1. YOU’RE GETTING BODIED BY A DICTIONARY

2. OH, C’MON, Y’ALL!

3. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT

ICYMI

 

PICTURE-PERFECT


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