Bryce Harper probably just bought himself a few days off.
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper took major exception to being hit with a pitch thrown by San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland.
After being drilled in the right hip by a Strickland fastball in the eighth inning Monday, Harper pointed angrily at the Giants' hurler. Then, he charged the mound.
After throwing his helmet, Harper proceeded to take some serious swings at Strickland, who did the same in return. The benches cleared, and it was ugly.
There are "brawls" and then there are brawls. That is a serious baseball fight.
Undoubtedly, Harper is going to get a stiff fine and some kind of suspension for his actions. We'll find out in the coming days.
Between this melee and Mike Trout hurting his hand, it has not been a good few days for the MLB's brightest young stars.
Update: Strickland's toss clearly looked intentional, and one ESPN writer thinks it was because Harper took him deep twice in the 2014 playoffs.
If that's why he did it, that's pretty absurd. He'll get suspended as well, most likely.