So Bryce Harper struck out on three pitches for the second out in the 9th inning of NLDS Game 5 against Cardinals closer Jason Motte. (Note: We had to go back and watch the video on MLB.TV to verify this and get the screen caps above, because, honestly, we've blocked out nearly everything that happened in that 9th inning from the ol' memory bank. You could say a unicorn and grizzly bear attacked Teddy in the 9th and we wouldn't have had a clue if you were lying).
After Harper whiffed on that pitch up around his eyes, he stood for a beat, then grabbed his crotch before returning to the dugout. Apparently the Cardinals saw this gesture as an attempt to insult Motte; even St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sports columnist Bernie Miklasz took offense to it in a barf-bag piece in which he quoted Cardinals about the comeback (and even quoted an anonymous Cardinals player about how Gio looked like he didn't want to be out there Friday night):
Motte retired the Nationals in order in the bottom of the ninth. Jayson Werth flied out. The second hitter was the brash Nationals' rookie Bryce Harper. Motte struck him out, and Harper responded by grabbing his crotch in a gesture meant to insult Motte. The 'diss didn't work out the way Harper had intended. (That's a clown move, bro.) A few of the Cardinals that saw it hooted at Harper. After disposing of the immature Harper, Motte got Ryan Zimmerman on a pop up to Descalso, and the Cardinals sprinted from the dugout to begin a wild celebration. (via StLToday.com, 10/15/2012)
Brash. Immature. Oh, and Bernie got a clown reference in there. Good one.
Just for the record, we're totally OK with that gestture if it was intentional, but only if it was directed at [bleeping] Kozma.
(Screen caps via TBS/MLB.com)