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Bryce Harper had a very quick afternoon during the Washington Nationals’ 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Harper had only one at-bat, as he was thrown out by umpire John Hirschbeck in the top of the first inning for arguing over a check swing. The call looked questionable and the ejection even more so.
Harper reportedly dropped his bat after staring at Hirschbeck, but it sure looked like Hirschbeck was antagonizing him. Instead of turning the other way, the veteran umpire threw his arms up at Harper and kept staring him down. It seemed obvious he was waiting for a reason to throw him out.
“First of all, he put both arms up in the air,” Hirschback explained after the game, via Bill Ladson of MLB.com. “To me, I felt like that’s showing me up. I yelled at him and warned him to stop. And then he continued and he slammed his bat down. I actually warned him again and then the next thing he slammed his helmet down and I felt three warnin...