On Monday our enemies up north began a series against the Washington Nationals. Everything was going great in the 8th inning with the Giants down 2-0 when chaos erupted.
Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland hit Bryce Harper with a fiery fastball, causing a benches-clearing brawl. If you missed the fight or just want to watch it for the millionth time like myself, here it is:
If you look closely, you’ll see that the collision that takes place towards the beginning of the fight is between Jeff Samardzija and Michael Morse. Apparently they bumped heads so hard that the Giants had to place Morse on the disabled list due to a concussion. How ridiculous is that?
Harper and Strickland both landed one solid punch each. By far the most vicious contact was when Morse and Samardzija's heads collided.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) May 29, 2017
#SFGiants have placed Michael Morse on the 7-day concussion DL. So that collision with Jeff Samardzija appeared to get him.
— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) May 31, 2017
Bryce Harper would end be suspended for 4 games and Hunter Strickland would be suspended for 6 games. Of course both appealed and Harper was able to bring his down to 3 games. There is no update yet on Strickland’s appeal.
BREAKING: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper suspended four games, Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland six games for roles in brawl.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 30, 2017
Bryce Harper ban reduced to 3 games #nats
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 31, 2017
Of course, Joc Pederson suffered a similar fight thanks to Yasiel Puig, but at least they were both chasing down a ball. Also, the majority of that impact came from outfield wall. All in all, it’s a good day to be a Dodgers fan.