It was one of the best fights in baseball history, mostly because it was so stupid. When Giants’ reliever Hunter Strickland planted a fastball into Bryce Harper’s hip, the Nationals’ outfielder charged the mound and a series of weird and unfortunate events unfolded.
Bryce Harper wishes you a Happy Memorial Day pic.twitter.com/iIDFtnSxAn
— MLB Memes (@MLBMeme) May 30, 2017
The internet was delighted, of course. Let’s take a look at the highlights, in order of importance.
Harper’s Helmet Throw Was a clown move, bro
In retrospect, a helmet might be a good thing to have during a fistfight — no one else is likely to be wearing one, and it might deflect some blows, or at least keep you from getting your hair pulled. Instead, Harper decides to jettison his in the most humiliating way — by throwing it sideways. WTF? Was that aimed at Strickland?
Bryce Harper helmet throw vs. 50 Cent first pitch pic.twitter.com/jFw3JJvMVc
— Jack Korte (@JackMyNBC5) May 29, 2017
Harper missed Strickland with his helmet like: pic.twitter.com/KpbQgqIs3P
— MLB Spongebob (@MLBSponge) May 29, 2017
Bryce Harper's helmet throw x Lance Stephenson pic.twitter.com/HMDTF2gGKh
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 30, 2017
— Steve DelVecchio (@SteveDelSports) May 29, 2017
Giants erect Buster Posey statue ahead of schedule
Not only did Posey not try to stop Harper from getting to Strickland, but he barely seemed interested in the fight at all. That’s either gross negligence, or the smartest move of the day. He was probably trying to think back to how this all began three years ago.
I was ready to defend Posey for staying out of the Strickland/Harper ridiculousness, but this file photo is pretty damning … pic.twitter.com/iWzOKs2wz3
— Peter Hartlaub (@peterhartlaub) May 30, 2017
“Hold On Moe, we’ll help you!” Bonk!
The irony is that Mike Morse and Jeff Samardzija are the best of friends. That collision is comedy gold.
Best part of the Nationals vs Giants fight pic.twitter.com/eUPaWFQ3ZB
— Matthew Kisor (@mattykisor) May 29, 2017
Bryce Harper goes after Hunter Strickland after an HBP and then Mike Morse and Jeff Samardzija are collateral damage. pic.twitter.com/jton90huP5
— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) May 29, 2017
Other athletes chime in
Palo Alto, home of Stanford University, is about 30 miles south of San Francisco.
— SB Nation (@SBNation) May 30, 2017
— Dontrelle Willis (@DTrainMLB) May 29, 2017
But how would it look for the Giants to have their TWO best players out because of stupid, unnecessary injuries? Yes, let’s ask Madison Bumgarner how he feels about this.
Holy Giants and Nationals… couple of thoses landed! pic.twitter.com/gHAlfoiuTL
— PETM Racing Podcast (@PETMpodcast) May 29, 2017
Broadway's HAIR backstage cast fight over arrangement of Aquarius. pic.twitter.com/ebLqpxY7sN
— Batting Stance Guy (@BattingStanceG) May 30, 2017