Washington Nationals brawl: Bryce Harper charges mound after HBP

There's been an ongoing beef between Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Hunter Strickland of the San Francisco Giants that blew up on Memorial Day.

Baker may not have been a member of the Nationals franchise during the 2014 National League Division Series, when Harper twice homered off Strickland and yelled at him after the second blast, but he understood the genesis of the melee that suddenly erupted at AT&T Park on Sunday. Harper rushed the mound, attempted to throw his helmet at Strickland, and the two immediately went at it.

Both players were ejected from the game, but getting the 6-foot-4, 100kg Strickland off the field proved easier said than done, as the Giants pitcher resisted attempts from his teammates to drag him to the dugout.

A couple weeks after the Harper-Strickland staredown in the 2014 playoffs, Strickland incited a World Series incident after giving up a Game 2 home run against the Kansas City Royals.

"You either go to first base or you go after him, and I made a decision to go after him", Harper said in quotes reported by ESPN.

"We were ahead 2-0, two outs and nobody on base. Mostly to go inside, and obviously I got it in a little bit too far".

Memorial Day boutThe Nationals and Giants were wearing Memorial Day caps and jerseys, so one person set Monday's fight to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.". It was a pretty good pile.' Nationals manager Dusty Baker had no doubt about Strickland's intent.

As for Strickland, he told ESPN reporters that the wild throw was not on goal despite Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitting that the throw "looked bad".

"After it happened, I kind of saw Harper point".

Translation: If you're going to hit me, just don't hit me in my face, please. Trout has been put on the disabled list for the first time in his career, and surgery Wednesday will sideline him for six to eight weeks.

In terms of Strickland and Harper in particular, there is some history between the two that could've led Harper to insinuate goal behind Strickland's pitch. "You just try to do the best you can and get out of there and not get crushed by one of their teammates coming in". "We've got a lot of talent in this room", he said. Harper watched the second shot sail down the line, in Game 4, and glared at the reliever as he rounded the bases.

"They're trying to carry Hunter Strickland off the field and he's not going away, he is a big strong dude", the commentator added. It's on his finger and he's able to look at it every single night.' Angry, Harper did at least appreciate there was no head-hunting. I think I remember seeing it live.

As Harper mentioned, Strickland came away the clear victor from the 2014 postseason.

Justin Ruggiano got two hits, but was caught stealing on his first. After the game, he would not say he expected something like this to happen - just that some people hold history "in a higher regard than others". Go back to yesterday's boxing match between Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland, and notice how Buster Posey had no desire to step out from behind the plate and protect his pitcher.

Moore pitched brilliantly for most of the game, but allowed a solo home run and an RBI double.

  • Julie Sanders