Bryce Harper Hit-by-Pitch Causes Comical Twitter War Between Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper

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Okay, so Bryce Harper doesn’t have the best reputation in baseball for his cocky attitude and his frat-bro lingo. However, the second-year player has a gripe with the Atlanta Braves and pitcher Julio Teheran, who beaned him during Tuesday night’s game.

Why exactly is it a big deal that he was hit by a pitch? It’s something that happens seemingly every day. A pitcher loses the handle on the ball and plunks a player in the arm, the leg and even sometimes in the noggin. However, what happened exactly to make Harper so angry with the inside pitch that drilled him in the middle of the thigh?

Two innings earlier, the power-hitting prodigy walked up to the plate and delivered a blast over the fence in dead-center field. It’s not the fact that he denied an early no-hit bid or the fact he broke a 0-0 tie, it was the fact that he watched the ball fly over the outfield wall and slowly trotted around the bases — or so people say.

It’s not uncommon to see a player hit a home run and watch where it lands, but the Braves didn’t take too kindly to the Washington Nationals‘ young star trotting at a slow pace, making sure he knew exactly where it landed.

The next time up to the plate, the first pitch from Teheran nailed him, and Harper pointed at the pitcher and said some unkind words.

Benches cleared and nothing serious happened following the bean-job except for a warning issued to both teams. The game went on, but both teams’ Twitter accounts had a bit of a scuffle afterward.

https://twitter.com/Braves/statuses/364909710111019008

The Nationals didn’t take too kindly to the sarcastic tweet:

https://twitter.com/Nationals/statuses/364910514456891392

Pretty funny confrontation with the two accounts. However, this is a bit childish and doesn’t warrant a witty tweet. The Braves do have the Harper lingo down, though.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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