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Harper still fired up about Tuesday’s incident

Aug 7, 2013, 11:24 PM EST

A day after being plunked by Braves’ starter Julio Teheran with a fastball to his hip, an incident that saw both benches and bullpens clear, Bryce Harper took stock of the situation in a one-on-one sitdown with Comcast SportsNet.
Harper told CSN’s Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman that he understands why the Braves reacted the way they did, but noted it was a double standard considering Justin Upton’s extended home run trot in Tuesday’s game. 
Because of that, Harper believes he did nothing wrong in shouting and pointing at Teheran, nearly creating a brawl between both teams.
“Compared to what Upton did the first night, I don’t think so,” he said “[Brian McCann] is just trying to protect Teheran on that play and it’s all part of the game. I respect McCann for doing that to me and I really respect how he did it.”
McCann walked out onto the field and tried to get in Harper’s face as he yelled at the pitcher, with only home umpire Joe West in between them to diffuse the situation. Harper calmed down and took first base, but says he may have reacted differently Tuesday night if the Nationals’ weren’t in desperate need of a win.
“I don’t think I should charge the mound when they have a 14 1/2-game lead,” he said. “If we’re ahead a couple of games, I probably try and put him six feet under.”

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  1. Dustin Cowart - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Harper is a sea-donkey…

  2. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    God bless Harp. Plays the game the way it should be played. Old school at 20. Love it.

  3. SonnyG10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    You da man, Bryce!!!

  4. Laddie Blah Blah - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Everybody who loves baseball should love the way Bryce Harper plays the game.

  5. DL in VA - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    So this article is now linked to the nbcnews web page with the headline "Harper says he would put opponent six feet under."Nice out of context headline. No wonder the rest of the nation thinks Harper is a jerk.





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