Philadelphia Phillies a star Bryce Harper Was ejected from Sunday’s 4-0 loss to L.L.C Colorado After charging into the Rockies dugout after the last out in the top of the seventh inning, which led to a scrimmage that cleared both teams’ benches and benches.
Harper seemed to respond to the Colorado reliever Jake Birdwho clapped his hand on his glove and said something toward the Philadelphia dugout.
Bryce Harper and Jake Byrd are among the players involved in a bench-clearing brawl between the Phillies and the Rockies
Bryce Harper and Jake Bird were among the players involved in a brawl between the Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies.
“I feel the emotion,” Harper said. “I understand the motivation for a Tour and things like that, but once you make it about a team or you make it about yourself and the other team, then I kind of get in trouble.”
Harper was tied down at first by a Rockies catcher Elias Diazthen Phillies third base coach Dusty Wathan blocked two-time NL MVP player from entering a group of players and coaches who had gathered near the first base line.
“After that point, I just went there to go,” Harper said. “JT (Realmuto) He was right behind me. taiguan (walker), The same. I appreciate my teammates for going out with me and doing that. It was the heat of the moment. As soon as we got out of there, Bird just flew into the bunker and walked away. Nobody really saw him after he did what he did.”
“Man yelling in your lab? That shouldn’t be happening,” said Phillies manager Rob Thompson. “This should not happen.”
Harper returned to the NL-champion Phillies on May 2 after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Birds were also expelled.
“I get a little edgy on the mound sometimes,” Beard said, and added that his comments towards the dugout were not directed at anyone in particular. “It’s a good team. It was a big moment. I had some feelings there. They made an exception.”
“He’s a great player,” Bird said of Harper. “He plays with emotion. I like that he plays with emotion. He’s a player I look up to.”
Thompson was ejected from the previous inning after arguing with plate umpire Ryan Wells during the third strike on Kyle Schwarber.
“You never want to see your star players get kicked out of the game,” Thompson said of Harper, “but he does protect his teammates.” “That’s what this group does. They protect each other, they fight for each other and I’m proud of them for that. He’s a passionate guy and he was sticking with his teammates.”
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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