Bryce Harper Ejection By Umpire Marvin Hudson Is a Joke (Video)
If anyone can explain the reasoning behind this Bryce Harper ejection, please do fill me in, because I still can’t figure it out.
During the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday’s game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees, Harper took a pitch that was well below his knees, but it was still called a strike by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson. Harper was clearly displeased with the call, and so was Nats manager Matt Williams.
While Harper didn’t say much, he did step out of the batter’s box as Williams engaged in a yelling match with Hudson from the dugout. Hudson then told Harper to get back in the batter’s box (despite the fact that he was still arguing with Williams), and after Harper responded, Hudson immediately tossed the Nationals’ slugger—along with Williams moments later.
Here’s an explanation of the incident from Bryce Harper himself:
Here’s the long version of Harper talking about getting ejected by Marvin Hudson. pic.twitter.com/vki9omxWo1
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) May 21, 2015
It seemed like a rather unreasonable reaction on the part of umpire Marvin Hudson, but don’t just take mine and Bryce Harper’s word for it. You can watch the entire incident unfold in the video below: