WATCH: Bryce Harper gets hit by pitch, still makes other team mad

  • David Whitlock

Sometimes Bryce Harper is an unfair target.  Of baseballs and criticism.  And it’s not founded.  Sure, he’s brash.  He’s confident (and he should be).  And he’s good.  Really good.  Because of all this, it’s conceivable that he becomes a target for pitchers looking to knock him down a peg.  Although he’s been hit by pitch nine times in his career, he’s never taken it so personally that he charged the mound.  In fact, he once stole home on the pitcher who hit him to prove his point.  On Friday, he got hit by a pitch and walked to first.  And somehow THIS made the other team mad.  Check it out (via MLB.com)

Seriously?  You have to “run” to first after being hit by a pitch?  If he had a fault, he should have just stood in the batters box for several minutes with a trainer as he stretched out his soon-to-be bruised-and-probably-knotted-back like a weaker man would have.  Instead he tossed the bat and like a tough guy and slowly took his base (and DIDN’T confront the pitcher).  Did he say something under his breath?  If so, I think he has the right so long as he doesn’t physically move toward the pitcher.  He just got plunked.  It’s time to give Bryce some respect for restraint instead of trying to pick a fight with him.

Featured Image Credit: MLB.com

H/T: CBS Eye on Baseball

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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