Ted's Blog: Baseball Fights

May 30, 2017

Over the weekend, people had cook outs and watch baseball because it is Memorial Day weekend and that is what Americans do. My buddy even mentioned to me how listening to baseball on the radio feels super American. I bring all this up because I do feel Memorial Day weekend everyone is into baseball again and it is the official start of Summer. So, I am in the process of moving and have not had my TV up and running so I missed a lot of sports this weekend outside of the Sounders FC match since I attended it and watched that. Anyhow, my Mom called and said that she had watched the Washington Nationals taking on the San Francisco Giants. A fight broke out in the game and she described it, but honestly I did not give it much thought and went on about my day. Later on in the day I actually got to see some of the fight and wow what a crazy one that was, a serious fight and bench clearing brawl. 

Now, this all started because Bryce Harper from the Washington Nationals got plunked by a pitch on the butt. I say plunked specifically because if you want to hit a guy to send a message and not hurt him you hit in the butt where Harper got hit. Hunter Strickland was the pitcher who threw at Harper and soon after the pitch was thrown the fight was on. This indeceny was spurred on by the fact Harper hit two home runs off Strickland back in the playoffs in 2014. Yes, you read that correctly, 2014. This is why this whole thing is just dumb to me since you don't get payback on a guy two years later. I get that baseball has all these unwritten rules and stuff, but even without a rule book people know two years is way too long to get even and hit a guy.

Now, if you are going to plunk a guy that was the right spot to hit him, but like I said, it had been so long that the Giants' catcher did not even react at first. This is strange because the catcher is always the first one to usually get involved. Buster Posey, the catcher also may not have wanted to get involved since he just had a concussion, but I honestly think he agreed that Harper had a reason to charge the mound. I would also be lying if I did not say that I kind of enjoyed watching the fight on video. With that said though, hitting him after all that time was just dumb.