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Bryce Harper Charges Mound, Fails Miserably On Helmet Throw (Video)

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Hunter Strickland and turned in the fail of the day. 

In the eighth inning of Monday’s game between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants, Bryce Harper turned an ordinary game into a Memorial Day classic.

San Francisco’s Hunter Strickland pegged Harper on the thigh with his first pitch. Bryce Harper took clear exception to the pitch, immediately charged towards Strickland, and miserably failed at an attempt to hit him with his helmet. Looks like the perennial MVP candidate should stick to throwing baseballs and not whatever an excuse of a toss that was.

The 24-year-old got the last laugh, as when the two met at the mound, fists were thrown, and right before the two were swarmed by both dugouts, Harper was able to land a punch that nailed Strickland right in the face. During the 2012 NLDS, Harper faced Strickland twice, and in both Games 1 and 4, connected for home runs in both at-bats.

Today, Strickland was able to get, what he believed was revenge, and through doing so, got both himself and Harper ejected from the contest. There is no question that the two of them will be suspended for their actions, and Washington’s powerhouse offense will take a hit.

Bryce Harper, the second best hitter in the majors, came into today’s contest with 15 home runs, 41 RBIs and 44 runs. For the New York Mets, there could be an opportunity make up some ground in the NL East, where they currently sit 8.5 games back of the first-place Nationals.