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Bryce Harper was ejected on a fraudulent check swing call in the third inning against the Pirates. The home plate umpire appealed to third base, and Angel Hernandez was waiting there ready to make an ass of himself.
Needless to say, Bryce Harper was none too happy:
Bryce was just ejected for being correct pic.twitter.com/NUDPF9OOOB— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) September 28, 2023
Harp was heated, and I really can’t blame him. Hernandez might be the single worst person at their job in the country. It’s literally every goddamn time with this guy.
Watching Bryce get fired up gets me fired up. I was on the edge of my seat, ready for action. If Hernandez stepped to him wrong, I was primed for battle.
The helmet toss as he walked to the dugout put a big exclamation point on his tirade. Plus, it gave one lucky kid a pretty sweet souvenir.
Could we have used him in what turned out to be a loss? Sure. But it’s hard not to love your MV3 go ballistic on an umpire in Game 159 after clinching a Wild Card spot.
I’m really hung up on Angel Hernadez’s continued displays of incompetence. Imagine getting torn a new one by the best players in the league constantly and having to stand there with this stupid look on your face every time.
Okay, now back to Bryce Harper. Even from the confines of the clubhouse, he continued to create entertainment and enjoyment for fans in attendance in what was the team’s last home game of the regular season.
It turns out that he sent Phillies staffers to get the helmet from the kid who caught it. Not to retrieve it, of course, at least not permanently.
Instead, Harper signed the helmet for the, creating the conditions for what the youngster called “the best baseball game he’s ever been to.”
Here is Hayden Dorfman, age 10, who caught the helmet Harper threw after he was ejected tonight. A few security guards approached him and told him Harper wanted to sign it.— Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey) September 29, 2023
He said Harper is his favorite player and added that this is “the best baseball game he’s ever been to” pic.twitter.com/uq4J3Ylhwf
Alex Coffey of The Inquirer wrote a great piece about the incident and the aftermath, which I’ll link below. I’m also in love with her, which isn’t really relevant to any of this in any way.
Bryce Harper goes into a bit more detail on the ejection and how much he hates Angel Hernandez’s goofy ass. Apparently, Hernandez told him to watch the replay. Harper told Coffey, “I didn’t need to see the replay.”
Here's Bryce Harper's full quote on Angel Hernandez's call tonight. He said it was "just bad."— Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey) September 29, 2023
“Just Angel in the middle of something again. It’s just every year, it’s the same story, same thing."
More here: https://t.co/7HcZts4vXf pic.twitter.com/KXIkdjouKg
Give it a read. Go Phils. God bless Bryce Harper.
Mandatory Credit: NBC Sports Philadelphia