VIDEO: Bryce Harper gets long-distance ejection
While at bat in the first inning on Sunday, Nationals phenom Bryce Harper was tossed ... by the third-base ump.
OK. Presumably, the excitable Mr. Harper said something both loud and naughty, no? Well, here's Hirschbeck's play-by-play, courtesy of this pair of tweets from Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post ...
John Hirschbeck on Harper: "I didn’t like that he put his hands up with the bat. That’s kind of what I yelled at him." ...— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 5, 2013
Hirschbeck said he was "being nice" letting Harper stay in the game. And then when he slammed his bat and helmet, "I had no resource." ...— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 5, 2013
Sure, sure, better decorum on Harper's part is perhaps in order, but a thicker skin on Hirschbeck's part is most assuredly in order. Maybe it's a matter of perception, but umpiring sensibilities seem a bit too delicate these days.
Mr. Hirschbeck, no one -- save for your co-religionists in blue -- particularly cares what you like or don't like.