So Bryce Harper got ejected from Sunday's game against the Pirates by third base umpire John Hirschbeck after spiking his helmet following a first inning K. Nats won without him. There's the video above. It looked like Hirschbeck was looking for a fight; but here's his explanation to reporters after the game:
"I didn’t like that he put his hands up with the bat. That’s kind of what I yelled at him. He continued and threw his
bat. I kind of pointed like, ‘That’s equipment.’ And then, he still
continued and slammed his helmet down. That’s when I ejected him. ...I was actually just being nice. Even the hands up in the air is
showing me up, to me. I could have ejected him right then. I was nice
enough to leave him in the game. And then he slammed his bat down. And
then on top of that, he slammed his helmet. I had no other recourse,
really." (John Hirschbeck, via Washington Post, 5/6/2013)
"That was the problem. I was trying to be too much like them. I was overthrowing a little bit. I had a little bit of velocity back with my fastball. I'm not gonna care about velocity anymore. I'm sick of that.
It seems Rafael Soriano's ceremonial untucking of the shirt is gaining traction with everyone associated with the Washington Nationals.
"Yeah Johnny, we're so happy about this win we've gone untucked for this postgame segment here..." explained Bob Carpenter as F.P. Santangelo untucked his shirt during Thursday night's postgame segment on MASN after the Nats beat the Braves 3-1.
(Photo of Ryan Zimmerman signing for P-Nats fans during his rehab start on Wednesday by Jon Gazarek)
Via the Washington Post, Ryan Zimmerman's hammy is all better, he'll return from the DL on Friday in Pittsburgh. But more importantly, how's his throwing? More from the Post after Zim's rehab start for the P-Nats yesterday:
Zimmerman appeared uncomfortable throwing across the diamond as he warmed up before innings, skipping a few balls and forcing the first baseman to leap to catch a few others. During game action, though, Zimmerman threw with authority.
Here's to hoping his throwing is all better now, too?