And so, after hitting an absolute bomb off Julio Teheran (and slow-trotting around the bases just like Justin Upton the night before), Bryce Harper got drilled in the knee by Teheran in his next at-bat. Harper shouted and pointed. Benches and bullpens cleared. Players milled about. No big deal, right?
"I was just trying to get in there (inside). I didn’t want to make a mistake like I did with the homer and that’s how I hit him." (Julio Teheran, via AJC.com, 8/7/2013)
"Something he’s got to do. It’s part of the game and it’s something I guess he’s got to do." Surprised? ..."Uh, I hit that ball pretty far off him, so no, not really." (Bryce Harper, via Nationals Journal, 8/7/2013)
Of course, the Braves and Nationals Twitter handlers also got in on the action, too:
@Braves Which part, giving up the home run, or drilling the 20-year-old on the first pitch his next time up?— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 7, 2013
Only thing that matters, really, is that the Braves won, Nats lost, and the NL East is a lost cause.