Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper charged the mound Monday afternoon (May 29) at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
The 6’3″ outfielder connected with a few big overhand rights after being drilled by a 98 mph Hunter Strickland fastball that was never intended for the strike zone, before the benches cleared in what was the best baseball fight since Rougned Odor clocked Jose Bautista with a Tekken-style haymaker last year.
The pitcher-hitter duo of Harper and Strickland hadn’t faced each other since Harper bombed two home runs off Strickland in the 2014 NL playoffs. Like elephants, baseball players never forget, and a perceived slight dating back three years, can be the catalyst for a fight.
No injuries were reported, but MLB will certainly be handing out suspensions as both benches and bullpens sprinted out to join the melee.
“You never want to get suspended or anything like that, but sometimes you just got to go and get them and can’t hesitate. You either go to first base or you go after him and I decided to go after him,” said Harper after the game.