You’re probably aware that Bryce Harper was ejected in the first inning of Sunday’s game. Nats Journal even had quotes from umpire John Hirschbeck explaining why (emphasis added):
“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.
What you probably haven’t seen, though, is picture-in-picture video of the heinous bat-throwing and helmet-slamming. Here it is (via @rocket1124):
“Hirschbeck was just dying to throw Harper out there.” I have never agreed with Bob Carpenter more, and I hate Hirschbeck all the more for it.
Also, here’s the Pittsburgh broadcast, if you’d like to see that as well: