Posted August 07, 2013

Braves’ 12th straight win overshadowed by Bryce Harper beanball incident

Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Harper was hit by Julio Teheran in the 5th after homering off him in the 3rd. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Harper was hit by Julio Teheran in the 5th after homering off him in the 3rd. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bryce Harper was at the center of attention in Tuesday night’s clash between the Nationals and the Braves. Yes, the Braves won their 12th in a row with a 2-1 victory. And yes, the Nationals are now 14 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL East, and despite having the league’s best record a year ago, sit five games under .500. But that’s not what people will be talking about after Tuesday night’s game.

In the top of the third inning, Harper made a diving catch on Evan Gattis’ drive, saving a run, and in the bottom of the third, he bashed a solo home run (his 17th of the year) to dead centerfield to provide the game’s first run:

Then things got heated. Teheran and the Braves must have been miffed at the way Harper momentarily admired his blast, which looked to have traveled around 430 feet, then flipped his bat as he began his home run trot, and took his time traveling around the bases. When the 20-year-old slugger came to the plate again in the bottom of the fifth inning, with his team trailing 2-1, he was drilled in the right thigh by Julio Teheran. The pitch didn’t look anything like the proverbial “one that got away,” it was a first-pitch 94 mph fastball that left little doubt as to the hurler’s intent, and left no time for Harper to get out of the way. It wasn’t as though Teheran could claim control problems; after throwing 24 pitches and issuing two walks in the first inning, he didn’t need more than 15 pitches in any of the next four frames, and he didn’t walk another hitter all night.

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As soon as he was hit, Harper began jawing with and gesturing at Teheran, and as he walked down the first-base line, both benches and bullpens emptied. Home plate umpire Joe West quickly got between catcher Brian McCann and Harper before things got physical, and the rest of the umpiring crew kept both teams in check to such a point that instead of the typical scrum, the great majority of Braves and Nationals players looked like wallflowers at a middle school dance. As they dispersed, West issued warnings to Teheran and both benches to prevent any further festivities. Here’s the video from MLB.com:

There’s no doubt that Harper’s pace around the bases was uncharacteristically slow; according to the Tater Trot Tracker Twitter account, which times every home run hitter’s trip around the bases, his 23.66 seconds was 1.5 seconds longer than any of his previous homers and five seconds slower than his average, a speedy 18.73 seconds. As you can hear on that second video, the Nationals’ television announcers pointed out that the Braves’ Justin Upton reacted similarly and took his own sweet time with his decisive eighth-inning homer last night, which clocked in at a glacial 27.36 seconds. Yet Upton didn’t face any repercussions for his reaction. All of which goes to show how arbitrarily the unwritten rules of baseball are applied.

Harper had two more chances to get even on Tuesday night. With the score holding at 2-1, he singled off reliever Luis Avilan in the seventh but was ultimately stranded at third, and he struck out swinging against Craig Kimbrel to end the game. It was a rough loss for the Nationals, who dropped their third straight game and fifth in their last seven to fall to 54-59. They haven’t been above .500 since July 14, when they were 48-47.

112 comments
garywheaton
garywheaton

if u guys ever hit a mlb homerun u would admire it to u guys also realize ur haten on a kid keep watchn that ball HARP let the haters hate 

j1dailey
j1dailey

Let me get this straight. Harper hot dogs a homer. The Nats hit Freeman. Both of those happened before Harper gets hit. This would not have been an issue at all if Harper would have just been a man and took his base.

courtreece
courtreece

@noodlez 

B-Mac, GATTIS, J-UP, UGGLA are MEN.  EXPOS act like the little boys they are!

The nats had a good season last year, which, showed them how difficult the playoffs are by their quick exit. 

The braves have done what the NATS are touting as such an impressive accomplishment for the greater part of the past 2 decades.  So essentially the Braves have owned the NATS in all seasons except for last year since BRYCE HARPER has been alive.

Harper's stats are barely better than GATTIS' who is a 2nd string rookie catcher this year.  NOT ALL THAT IMPRESSIVE FOR HARPER and certainly not HOF worthy.

Just because ESPN follows HARPER around like the paparazzi doesn't mean Harper is really GOOD.  IT just means ESPN wants him to be.

oasis1994
oasis1994

Harper thinks he is god's gift to baseball. Get over yourself; I would have thrown at the guy too.  Your team was 13.5 games back (at the time of when he was hit). Maybe you should be focusing on winning a few games instead of admiring a home run. 

ClevelandGary
ClevelandGary

wow bryce , that mouth is not very mormony , looks like you are going to polygamy hell you nasty mormon !

AlanHerzberg
AlanHerzberg

Ridiculous.  To throw at a hitter because it took him a few extra seconds longer to round the bases than the Braves thought it should, or because Harper didn't flip his bat in a Braves-approved way is petty and gutless.  Also can't believe West didn't toss Teheran immediately, it was so obvious what Teheran's intent was.

JimCasey
JimCasey

First, the word beanball means throwing at a player's head, so this was not a beanball incident. Second, the Nats need to show some more spine, and start drilling some Braves players. Harper should take his revenge the real old school way. Drag a bunt up the first base line, and when the pitcher comes over to field it, spike him on his pitching hand.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

Baseball is the ONLY sport where a player can intentionally throw a ball at someone, hit them in the head and kill them, and walk away at the end of the night not in jail. What a farce.......

scorpianking
scorpianking

look guys, McCain did set up inside, so maybe it wasn't intentional...hehehehe!!!

scorpianking
scorpianking

man..just listen to it...hilarious..sit down Bro....LOL

GeoffreyHolland
GeoffreyHolland

Harper's at home, he hits a big shot, so he goes a bit slower than usual. Big deal. He's putting on a show for the fans. Teheranian should have been tossed.

Charmcityfalcfan
Charmcityfalcfan

So apparently the signal to bean a batter is the middle finger. That's what BMac put down on that pitch. Epic

cint
cint

this low class pitcher is a punk for throwing at Harper. it's one thing to brush him back to send a message, something else to intentionally hit the batter. he should be fined but with so many other mlb issues it too will be overlooked.

kevinm1
kevinm1

Harper is a punk, always been a punk. He deserved what he got; don't stand there and watch a HR when your team is spiraling out of control.

noodlez
noodlez

WHAT IS AMAZING IS HOW IGNORANT FOLK ARE HATING ON A 20 YEAR OLD TAKING MLB BY STORM AND DEFENDING A JOURNEYMAN BASEBALL THROWER (HE IS NOT A PITCHER) WHO WILL OUT OF MLB IN 2 YEARS.

HARPER IS PUNKING PITCHERS OFF OF RAW TALENT.

WAIT UNTIL HIS GAME IS FINE TUNED?

BRAVES ARE SOME SCRUBS AND CAUGHT MY NATIONALS ON A DOWN YEAR. NO WORRIES THEY WILL GAG AS USUAL..

Lucky711
Lucky711

Bob Gibson would have rewarded such a celebration with a new set of teeth.  He should be happy it got him in the thigh... or just lucky he is playing today and not when Men had self respect and wouldn't let a clown do clown things.

AdamZappia
AdamZappia

I'm glad he got plugged.  Love this Braves team with attitude. 

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

@JimCasey When the rules change...AND THEY NEED TOO (like 50 years ago), your attitude will hopefully bar future players from pitching, or at least get them suspended for "X" amount of time. 

mnico213
mnico213

@Wisconsin Death Trip his is going a little overboard no?  One batter has ever died after being hit by a pitch and it was in 1920, before they were wearing helmets and who knows if it was intentional?T

weir6
weir6

@cint Dude, they hit the Braves best hitter (Freddy Freeman) in the 4th.  This is baseball... get over it

Charmcityfalcfan
Charmcityfalcfan

A .265 batter with 17 homers and 38 steaks hot dogging a homer isn't low class at all

RonE.Roberts
RonE.Roberts

@cint I love how you don't broach the "class" of ht hot-dogging Harper.  No bias there at all....

Mikey A
Mikey A

@kevinm1 Meh. You have no idea what you are talking about. I'm a Mets fan so i obviously hate the Nats but I have nothing but respect for the way Harper plays the game.

caleb
caleb

@noodlez The fact that you call Teheran a "journeyman...who will be out of MLB in 2 years" says a lot about your baseball knowledge.

James133
James133

@noodlez The Nats were hyped up and you believed it huh?  It must be painful for you to see them struggling.  Too bad that the game is played on the field and not on hype.  

The Nats are the Expos 2.0 and they are still playing like it!!  At least you can spend September and October with your favorite past time.....TROLLING!!!

jeffc
jeffc

@noodlez Journeyman? Teheran is 22, has been in the Braves organization his entire career, and has a sub-3 era this season. Not exactly the resume of a "JOURNEYMAN BASEBALL THROWER." 

Baxterbaseball
Baxterbaseball

A down year? You mean like nearly every other season in Nationals history? You realize you're talking about a team that has only finished above .500 once, right? Dimwit.

AdamZappia
AdamZappia

And for the record I would gladly trade anyone or two of our outfielders for Harper.  Dude is a baller and the future of the league.  I can't stand how smug he is but he should be a 30/30 guy in the near future.


noodlez
noodlez

@James133-NOT PAINFUL WHEN THEY PLAY HARD AND COMPETE. WE HAVE BEEN IN EVERY GAME WITH THE BRAVES EXCEPT MAYBE 1 OR 2. 

YOU ACTING AS IF THE BRAVES ARE BLOWING TEAMS AWAY.

WE HAVE THE METS AND MARLINS IN THE DIVISION???

DONT GET OUT OVER YOUR SKI'S THINKING THE BRAVES ARE THAT GOOD.

noodlez
noodlez

@jeffc-APPRECIATE THE GOOGLE LOOK UP BUT ITS NOT HARD TO SEE WHAT THAT JOKER WILL BE IN IN 2 YEARS.

noodlez
noodlez

@Baxterbaseball SINCE 2005 YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE PAST TWO YEARS WE HAVE PLAYED GOOD BASEBALL AND IT WILL CONTINUE. 

YES A DOWN YEAR!

NOT DIM BUT FULL OF WIT.

Baxterbaseball
Baxterbaseball

The kid has talent, no doubt. If/when his maturity overtakes his sense of entitlement and catches up with his skill set, he could be a beast.

PAZSKY
PAZSKY

@kevinm1 @Mikey A Harper has been much better sincce he has been up in the majors. Justin Upton was the bigger punk the night before, admiring his homer and taking his sweet time around the bases..didn't see the National plunking him did you? 

David22
David22

@noodlez LOL...well they're currently 14+ games better than the Nationals!

weir6
weir6

@noodlez @jeffc He was actually teh Yankee's top pitching prospect, and was traded to the Braves at age 19 for Javier Vasquez.  He's now showing why he was so highly regarded.  By the way, the Braves have a farm system that grown young arms (see 1991-2005).  How many Cy Young winners do you clowns have?  Glad you think our young players are nobodies.  Typical Nationals fan.  let me ask you this: Aside from your one good season (that resulted in a bitchslap in the playoffs) - what has your team EVER done? Ever.  Please -- just tell me one thing that's worthy of running your mouth.  Oh, you have a touted 20 year old player and a brittle flamethrower.  Awesome.  Come to turner field and see that string of pennants on the wall.  Recognize who owns who, and wonder what it must be like to have an organization that wins. Every. Year. Show some respect son.


Thanks for playing.  Go Expos!

Baxterbaseball
Baxterbaseball

Your parents must be so disappointed... That they didn't opt for abortion.