By now, many of you know about Bryce Harper being ejected from his Junior College World Series game on Wednesday night.
In case you didn’t, here’s what happened in a nutshell: Harper took an outside pitch with two strikes in the fifth inning in his game against top-seeded San Jacinto. He thought it was outside, the umpire thought otherwise and rang him up on a called strike three. As Harper returned to the dugout, he drew a line in the dirt to show the umpire where he thought the pitch was. By all accounts, he didn’t say a word. The gesture, however, earned him an ejection, one that will force him to sit for the next two days. (He was ejected once earlier this year, and the JUCO rules state that two ejections= two-game suspension). There’s a chance that Harper’s junior college career is over, unless CSN can make a run and get to a title game on Saturday.
The immediate reaction, of course, has been to see this as another part in the history of Bryce Harper being a hot-head, or that it points to hsi bad makeup. I’m not saying he should’ve done it — arguing balls and strikes is always a risk — but it seems to me that the umpire had a fairly quick trigger, especially in a JUCO World Series game. Don’t believe me? Well, thanks to the beauty of YouTube, you can see for yourself.