Glitch in the Matrix? Bryce Harper takes 6 straight pitches in weird at-bat
Bryce Harper just had the most bizarre at-bat of his career in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 3-3 ballgame against the Milwaukee Brewers.
In the bottom of the sixth inning with the game tied 3-3, Harper took five straight pitches against Brewers pitcher Hoby Milner and, on pitch six, stared at a fastball down the center of the plate, striking out in the at-bat before walking back into the dugout.
Bryce Harper Bizarre At-Bat vs Brewers Pitcher Hoby Milner
What the hell was that? Obviously, I’m not here to bash the best Phillies player in over a decade based off a single at-bat, but you have to be willing to at least acknowledge the fact that was pretty weird and very uncharacteristic of Harper at the plate, especially with no outs and in the midst of a tie ball game.
I mean seriously, that was just downright bizarre. The only guys I’ve seen just chill in the box like that were in their first at-bat after a long trip to the injured list, playing in a meaningless game during Spring Training, or National League pitchers before the year 2020.
Bryce Harper was frozen like his controller died
Kruk’s reaction to Harper’s at-bat sums it up perfectly. When Krukker has nothing to say, you know something strange or uncharacteristic of how things typically happen is going on. Just total confusion from a guy that’s been around baseball his whole life.
Is Bryce Harper part of a greater conspiracy? Something that dwarfs even the Illuminati in comparison?
Does Bryce Harper know something we don’t?
There are, of course, so many possible explanations for this Bryce Harper bat.
Remembered he left the oven on.
Thought he saw someone he went to high school with in the crowd.
Didn’t see the pitches well from a side-arm release.
Realized that we all die, and none of this truly matters because, no matter what religion you are, what god you pray to, or how good you are at baseball, one day, it all just… stops.
Had a piece of gravel in his cleat.
All of these are equally plausible and reasonable options. Even The Athletic recently ran a story saying Harper was under the weather this week.
Maybe he took NyQuil instead of DayQuil by mistake? We’ve all been there.
Okay Seriously, The Likely Reason:
Okay in all seriousness, the likely answer here is that Bryce Harper didn’t think that Hoby Milner was going to be able to throw him a strike so in what could have been the most badass way to draw a walk while actually standing in the batters box, Harper just stood there forcing Milner to actually do get baseballs over the plate. It almost worked too, with Milner tossing six total pitches and a full count before finally throwing a ball directly down the middle of the plate.
Think about this: If Harper did draw a walk there, almost everyone would be celebrating how badass it was and he would be going viral for all the right reasons.
Unfortunately, that’s just now how the cookie crumbled for Harper. Not going to “harp” over it too much. Plus, he roped a single to centerfield in the bottom of the ninth inning in his next at-bat.