MLB Betting News on Washington’s Papelbon & Harper
When the 2015 Major League Baseball season began, the Washington Nationals were in the middle of all of the conversations among MLB betting fans about World Series hopes. However, their season, which had already seen them mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, hit an even darker point when Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper got into a physical fight in the dugout.
Further Look at the MLB Betting News on Washington’s Papelbon & Harper
Harper, still the front-runner for the MVP award in the National League this season, flied out in the eighth inning, and Papelbon had something to say to him when he got back to the dugout. The words grew, and then Papelbon grabbed Harper’s throat with his left hand, pushing the outfielder back toward the team bench. Teammates had to separate the two.
Then, strangley, Harper did not take his position in right field for the eighth inning, but Papelbon came on to pitch in the eighth. In the ninth, Papelbon would surrender a two-run, go-ahead home run as the Phillies put eight runs on the board to leave with a 12-5 victory. After that home run, Papelbon then allowed the bases to load and hit Odubel Herrera with his last pitch, forcing in a run. When he left the field, Papelbon heard the boos from the Nationals Park hopeful.
After the game, Papelbon was much more humble, saying that he had talked things through with Harper. Papelbon told ESPN, “I grew up with brothers, he grew up with brothers, I view him as a brother. And sometimes in this game, there’s a lot of testosterone and things spill over.” Harper said, “He apologized, so whatever. I really don’t care…It’s like brothers fighting. That’s what happens.”
Nats manager Matt Williams characterized the situation as a “family issue” for the team but said that it was a low moment for the team. “It’s no fun when stuff like this happens, but it does happen, and you must deal with it, and that is what we do.”
Papelbon has had a rough week. He got a three-game suspension from MLB for hitting Manny Machado with a pitch. He has appealed, so he can keep playing pending the hearing. Harper said he thought that the Orioles would hit him with a pitch in retaliation, although that did not happen. The Nationals have now dropped five of six games and now have to scratch their collective heads as they look toward next year. The shocking success of the New York Mets, who have run away with the National League East, has to have the Nats wondering what might have been.