Bryce Harper ejected from Harrisburg game (video)
Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals' next Jackie Robinson, exploded at an umpire and was ejected after he struck out in last night's undoubtedly thrilling matchup between the Harrisburg Senators and the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
In the seventh inning, Harper took a full-count pitch — which, to be fair, looked outside. Thinking it was a ball, though, he walked three steps toward first base, at which point he was called out by umpire Max Guyll. Harper immediately threw his helmet to the ground, earning the ejection. As the Patriot News reports — click on that link, if only for their photo of a fuming Harper — Guyll had been calling a large strike zone all game.
The ejection was the first of what we think will be many in Harper's professional career, but he's had at least one noteworthy ejection in the past. The explosion could be due to his hitting troubles: He's batting .248 with two home runs and 22 strikeouts in 31 games. Or maybe he finds Harrisburg boring now, too.
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