WATCH: Reds plunk Bryce Harper, get mad when he doesn't run to 1B

In the seventh inning of Friday night's Nationals-Reds tilt (CIN 5, WAS 2), Cincy reliever Tony Cingrani plunked Nats outfielder Bryce Harper with a 93-mph fastball in the middle of the back. Harper, by appearances, took some time to shake it off and make his way to first base. His leisurely completion of his HBP duties apparently didn't sit well with the Reds, who, let's remember, had just hit Harper with a 93-mph fastball in the middle of the back ...

All right. I mean, HBPs happen, so no big thing there, but, so long as mound-charging isn't involved, I'm not sure why the plunking team would think it has standing to dictate the terms of acceptance to the plunked.

But, well, there's this ...

I suppose one could just as easily say, "He should have not worried about whether the guy he just hit was jogging. Be a pitcher."

Anyway, for Harper's part, he went the diplomatic route afterward ...

Baseball's obsession with rituals of decorum and micro-affronts such as this one remains thumpingly weird.

Things got testy between Bryce Harper and the Reds on Friday. (MLB.com)
Things got testy between Bryce Harper and the Reds on Friday. (MLB.com)
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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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