ATLANTA — In case you haven’t heard by now, Bryce Harper and Julio Teheran got in a bit of a shouting match last night. By extension, the Braves and Nationals benches cleared as their Twitter accounts exchanged heated words. And yes, all of this happened along with Atlanta’s 12th straight win — three shy of the franchise record in the Live Ball Era.
But back to the argument.
After Bryce Harper hit a solo home run in the third inning off Teheran, he was widely accused of celebrating a bit too much, admiring the shot, taking his career’s slowest trot around the bases (yes, they actually measure such things now). From the looks of the video, Teheran and his catcher Brian McCann took notice.
As an apparent result, Teheran, who also happens to lead the league in hit batters, plunked Harper in the thigh on the very next pitch he saw.
That led to the heated exchange and cleared branches and bullpens, though no retaliation ever took place. In the end, the Braves now hold a commanding 14 1/2-game lead over Washington and continue to simply run away with the division.
They’ve taken the ever-so-slight lead in the all-too-important race for the NL’s No. 1 seed. With that, the Chopcast team — Zach Dillard, Jay Clemons and Cory McCartney — weigh in on Harper-Teheran, Braves-Nationals and the widening gap in the NL East standings. Here are a few of the highlights:
— How much does perception come into play in the Teheran-Harper spat? Would someone who is not Bryce Harper (say, Todd Helton or Derek Jeter or Paul Janish) have caused such an apparent stir for taking 23.66 seconds to run out a home run?
— Should every player abide by the same “unwritten rules” of baseball, or are these types of incidents good for baseball and its rivalries? In other words, is a guy like Bryce Harper, who does not always adhere to such rules, actually in the wrong? Or is he just different?
— In fact, should Harper have done “more” during the incident?
— What do the Boston Beaneaters have to do with the Braves’ current winning streak and Waffle House?