Bryce Harper Gets Ejected, Blames Rap Music (Video)
Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper is currently 10th in home runs and second in on-base percentage. However, he is now first in ejections.
With the Brewers and Nationals tied 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth on Wednesday, Harper got himself ejected by arguing balls and strikes. It was his second ejection of the season.
The pitch Harper objected to was a low 1-0 fastball from Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader. Harper thought it was too low, and immediately made his opinion known to home plate umpire Chris Segal. Fortunately for Harper and the Nats, Segal decided to give Harper a little slack and let the at-bat proceed. However, after he struck out, Harper started chirping at Segal again. And by then the ump had had enough.
Of course, as is usually the case, Harper really exploded after he got tossed. He was going to make sure Segal knew just how incredibly terrible he had been.
Take a look:
Of course, as it turns out, the ump wasn’t actually doing a bad job. Here’s the Statcast data on the pitch Harper thought was too low:
Here’s how Statcast saw the called strike Bryce Harper was upset about. pic.twitter.com/RAxqVD39Yp
— Kyle Melnick (@kyle_melnick) July 27, 2017
Looks pretty good if you ask me.
Speaking to reporters about his outburst after the game, Harger gave one of the greatest excuses in the history of professional sports: it seems he just got too worked up listening to Logic and Chance the Rapper.
“I think I need to change my playlist because I get a little fired up from my playlist,” Harper explained.
“‘5AM’ really got me fired up, by Logic. I called my brother and was like, ‘Man, I’m so fired up to play today.’
“I guess it got me a little too fired up. I guess I need to mix in some Temptations and some of those jazz bands to calm me down a little bit.”
This guy is a piece of work. You have to love/hate him.