For the second time in his career Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was ejected from a game. Some have said that it wasn't necessary and that the third base ump that tossed him, John Hirschbeck, was the aggressor in the whole sordid affair.
He has a different story to tell. If you ask him, he says he was being nice and should have tossed Harper before he threw his helmet.
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“I didn’t like that he put his hands up with the bat,” Hirschbeck said. “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.”