Posted August 07, 2013

Clown move, bro: Braves, Nats trade Twitter barbs over Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper hit a solo homer in the third inning. MCT/Getty Images

Bryce Harper hit a solo homer in the third inning. MCT/Getty Images

The best kind of Twitter brawls are the Twitter brawls that successfully utilize Bryce Harper quotes. Even when said Bryce Harper quotes are slightly overused and old news at this point.

Here’s what happened:

Harper hit a home run off of Atlanta’s Julio Teheran in the third inning. On the first pitch of his next at-bat in the fifth, he was drilled in the thigh by Teheran, an event that did not make him an extremely happy man:

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(GIF courtesy of SB Nation).

His reaction then led to a predictable clearing of the benches and bullpens, as both teams walked as slowly as humanly possible towards Harper and Teheran and then proceeded to do absolutely nothing except glare angrily at each other. Here’s a video of the unexciting event:

Then came the tweets.

The Braves account went first, and you can tell they’ve probably had this tweet filed away for the last year, just waiting for a controversial Bryce Harper play to occur so that they could use it and feel witty. Responding to the way Harper mouthed off at Teheran, the Braves went with the obvious:

The Nats were not in the mood for the snark, and sassed back with:

The Braves have yet to respond, and probably won’t considering the event was pretty unimportant, but there’s still a chance their answers to the Nats’ clarifying questions will just be this link. 

56 comments
courtreece
courtreece

@john nolstname:  did you not watch the game?  Nats hit freeman earlier in game and no one is talking about it.  Pitch was high and tight - much more dangerous than the lower body pitch that hit your golden boy harper.  What did Freeman do - shook it off and ran down to first base.  Harper cried like a little school boy!

Later in the game the braves struck out harper in the 9th on high heat that he was not close to catching up to.

Braves win!  Extend winning streak!  Move to 10 of 13 against the nats on the year and 14.5 game lead over them in the division.

This is the business of winning in baseball.  You see the Nationals problem since Harper & Strasburg came up is that they think they are the best, so they should automatically be perceived as the best.  In reality, if you are multiple games below .500 and down 14.5 games in your division in August THE CLASSY MOVE HERE is to tip your cap to the first place team and stop running your mouth like you are the best team on planet earth.


FifthInTheOrder
FifthInTheOrder

Oh poor litle cute 20 yr old, the bad guy hit you! come to momma, she'll teach you how to run the bases after baby hits a homer so bad guy won't hit you again ok?

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

Yeah, it takes a big man to stand 60 feet away from somebody and throw hard objects at him. That takes balls, man. So what do you do if he steals a base or bunts with a big lead? Drop water bombs on him from your hotel room?

You want payback? You want to send a "message"? Strike him out. Make him look stupid on a slow curve. Pick him off. Make him hit into a DP. Or here's a novel idea ... win the f-ing game! Isn't that "message" enough for you? "Yeah kid, you took me deep, but we kicked your asses. What do you think of that?"

But no. You gotta put him on base, asserting your manhood by standing at a safe distance and throwing something at him. Smart.

RedNeckerson
RedNeckerson

This is very refreshing. In a day of sports woosification, it's good to see a textbook old school play between two division rivals. The home run trot was appropriately slow. A little, but not enough to be bush league. Then a perfectly placed pitch off the thigh (safer than the head and best place to get hit) as payback and a message. Then a lot of yelling and bowing up to remind everyone that we are rivals and hate each other, without any real violence. If I'm in the stands, I leave very satisfied with the emotion and a great game. True baseball players get this. Who cares if anyone else does. Even the players, coaches, and announcers that can't publicly condone this because of the castration of our culture, quietly relish it. Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and formerly Chevrolet. Take me out to the ball game for just a little reminder of the good old days.

Beldar Grazinski
Beldar Grazinski

"When Julio Hit me, I was like, that's a clown pitch bro. Then I thought about charging but I saw this damn galloping white bear coming from LF and I shat my pants. Literally right there on the field. So I hid in the background yelling stuff like "My eye black is better than your eye black" and "Mohawks automatically make me tough".

- Bryce Harper

PorfirioR
PorfirioR

The "20 year old" comment was probably so people understand that these are both players barely out of their teenage years (Julio is 22). I have kids that age, things could have been much worse.

I guess the one bad habit Harper picked up from the Home Run Derby was to watch his home runs go over the fence. That is not like him. He used to have one of the fastest HR trots around the league.

Then again... Harper just came off a knee injury that kept in out a few games. Which might explain why, even though he expected to get hit, he was not happy with Julio throwing at his thigh/knee area. I am old school, so I think Julio had every right to get Harper's attention but, come on, throw it at the shoulder or make him eat some dirt.

Lastly, Julio did not have to walk off the mound toward home plate either right as he hit Harper. That was bush league.

In summary: a) both players acted like clowns, b) this is baseball, and c) both teams acted like idiots on twitter (you said it yourself, these are 20 year-olds!)


Chipper_Trailer
Chipper_Trailer

12 in a row and 0.00 Bullpen ERA against the GNATs this year, 14.5 game lead... end of story...

myhandlerules
myhandlerules

That "drilling the 20-year-old remark" is pathetic. Awww, poor widdle 20-year-old! He's not an infant, he's a professional athlete. I'm sure he'll be fine.

Guille
Guille

It is ridiculous to think they threw at Harper in a one run game and a guy on first. Putting the go ahead run on first to teach the "clown" a lesson and jeopardize the  game does not make sense.

weir6
weir6

Not to mention Amy, but the Nats hit the Braves best hitter in the 4th - Freddy Freeman.  But to retaliate against the golden child??? Well that makes you classless, I guess.  Like it or not honey, the Braves are set to own the NL East again - for years to come. You might find another jock to sniff, because the smell better when they come from a division champion.  

weir6
weir6

Good lord Amy - a Washington homer are ya?  Get off their jock, this team is terrible this year.  The Braves are superior in every single category.  Bryce has thought he was Babe Ruth since he came up, and his attitude is that of a 19-20 year old punk who has the media (you included) salivating to get a sniff of his sweaty jock.  This is part of the game... get over it and stop blaming the Braves because they just squashed any hopes of salvaging a season for the Nats.  


Mathonwy
Mathonwy

Here's why the Braves organization is low-class: Harper and Teheran are both employed to play a game, yet when the Nationals employee succeeds at his task the Braves employee tries to injure him the next chance he gets. If the Braves organization had any class, they'd suspend the pitcher and apologize to Harper, the Nationals, MLB and baseball fans worldwide.

Or are they OK with trying to injure opposing players?

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

"... as both teams walked as slowly as humanly possible towards Harper... " That's not the way it happened at all. Brian McCann had to be restrained by Joe West, the home plate umpire, and Dan Uggla immediately ran toward Harper. Either one would have taken him to the cleaners if he'd so much as moved an inch toward Teheran.

SlamaLama
SlamaLama

Poor baby, someone get him a nappy wipe and a pair. 

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Nationals organization leaves a lot to be desired. Lousy manager, one of the worst GMs in baseball, and nobody to teach a talented kid that this just isn't how you play the game.  

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

I like the braves but it was a bush league move by them.  Bryce did his job, maybe the pitcher should do his and NOT give up homers?

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

It's pretty obvious McCann wasn't at all expecting the pitch to go there.  If that was truly intentional, I suspect it was exclusively Teheran's idea.

westprice
westprice

Boo hoo. I guess that a 20 year old isn't man enough to take a plunking on the leg. Grow a pair and be happy you didn't get hit somewhere else.

M20
M20

Mets fan here, declaring @Nationals the winner. Braves tweet wasn't remotely clever nor did it make much sense, Nats' response was perfect.

train805
train805

I like bryce as a player, but the words coming out of his mouth sure werent very mormon like!

muser
muser

Twitter is like having a 7 year old's Etch A Sketch connected to the internet...

westprice
westprice

You are the first person that I've seen that speculated that hitting Harper on the shoulder would have been better than throwing the ball at his leg.

fallsdownstairs
fallsdownstairs

@Guille Exactly.  It's not like Julio is known for hitting batters on inside pitches or something.  Oh wait, he leads the league in that category.  The Nats are just mad that their self anointed crown stands no chance of coming to fruition.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

@Guille Yeah, probably just a "coincidence" that they hit him on the first pitch in his next bat after a home run.  No one said the Nats were smart ... in fact, it is ALWAYS stupid to hit a player in retaliation for hitting a home run.  Throw at your own pitcher, instead.  HE is the one who made the mistake. 

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

@Mathonwy How were they trying to injure him? The pitch hit him on a fat part of the leg. he might not even have a bruise. If he doesn't want to get plunked he needs to quit showboating.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@UleNotknow Watch the video again. Uggla went over to Harper and gave him a fanny slap on the way to first. We are talking about baseball players here bro. No one is taking anyone else to "the cleaners" These guys aren't even athletes. Change your life for the better and start watching football and/or hockey if you want to see some real sports. 

fallsdownstairs
fallsdownstairs

@WHO*IS*ESPN You like to spout off, but don't bother looking at statistics.  Julio leads the league in hit batsmen, with 11.  That was not intentional.  If it had been, it would've been in the earhole.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

@WHO*IS*ESPN Braves win 2-1. Looks like they did their job all right. And do you really think Teheran plunked Harper in a one-run game with a runner on first. Maybe you'd better stick to playing jacks.

chitownboxing
chitownboxing

@westprice Grow a pair?  What are you even talking about?  I was actually pleasantly surprised to see Harper didn't charge the mound.  Most MLB players would have.  

Mathonwy
Mathonwy

@westprice Ask yourself why your thoughts go naturally towards a man's genitals.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

@M20 After all was said and done, the home run meant nothing as the Braves took down the Nats - again, 2-1. Who's the winner? And where is YOUR team in the standings, loser?

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

@NoQNoSuperBowl EXACTLY.  It doesn't hurt and isn't dangerous.  In fact, I'm sure you would be fine with being stood up and hit with a 95-mph fastball by your competition anytime you did something good at work.   I doubt you would have as many opportunities for that no-pain, no-harm retaliation as Harper, but clearly you wouldn't mind being thrown at just for doing your job better than the competition did its job.  

RedNeckerson
RedNeckerson

@fallsdownstairs @WHO*IS*ESPN This means he's not afraid to hit someone on purpose. He's one of the best young pitchers in baseball and this kind of mentality is part of the reason why. He wants hitters to be a little nervous about diggin in too much.

RedNeckerson
RedNeckerson

@UleNotknow @WHO*IS*ESPN Absolutely was. He threw 6 spot on innings and missed that pitch in the exact location you're taught to throw when you want to hit someone. As a former college pitcher, I assure you it was intentional.

Mathonwy
Mathonwy

@UleNotknow @WHO*IS*ESPN Chipper Jones thinks it was intentional. Check out his Tweets from last night. Should Chipper stick to playing jacks?!?

westprice
westprice

I never did write where Teheran could have thrown the pitch at instead of Harper's leg. I think maybe you should be questioning your own thoughts that seem to be guided to his genitals.

ScarFace292929
ScarFace292929

@chitownboxing @RobertSmith @NoQNoSuperBowl And you would have been pummeled for charging the mound. They were not trying to injure Harper. That is absurd to even think that. This sort of thing has gone on for many, many years. When did you ever hear of a player being injured by a pitch that hit him on the thigh? NEVER, because no one's EVER been injured by a pitch that hit on the thigh.

chitownboxing
chitownboxing

@RobertSmith @NoQNoSuperBowl I'm not a fan of either team, but that was a classless move by the Braves.  It was clearly intentional, and the ump warned Teheran telling him, yes, you did that on purpose. And just because Harper didn't get injured, doesn't mean they weren't trying to injure him.  He sure could have got hurt there.  Actually, class move by Harper not charging the mound.  I'm pretty sure I would have.

ScarFace292929
ScarFace292929

@RedNeckerson @UleNotknow @WHO*IS*ESPN Also, as much as I want to think that it was unintentional, I have to say that by watching it it sure looks that way. Also, keep in mind that there was a runner at 2nd with one out. Putting Bryce on 1st sets up a double play chance. Although typically a pitcher doesn't (or shouldn't) intentionally hit someone with the tying run on base, the fact that by hitting Bryce there he sets up a potential double play is hard to go against.