By now you’ve probably seen the Giants-Nationals brawl on Monday that featured punches that landed, a horrible helmet throw and San Francisco pitcher Hunter Strickland being pulled to the dugout by three teammates.
You may have said to yourself, that name sounds familiar. It’s because Strickland was the pitcher who caused a commotion during the 2014 World Series.
To refresh your memory: It was the bottom of the sixth inning of Game 2, and Royals catcher Salvador Perez was on second base when Omar Infante hit a home run into the Royals bullpen off Strickland.
When Perez was headed toward home plate, Strickland started jawing at him. Players came out of both dugouts, and in this instance, Giants catcher Buster Posey seemed to tell Strickland to calm down.
Strickland appeared to be ready to fight.
After the game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said: “He’s a really intense kid. That’s probably an area he’s going to have to keep his poise. ... He’s a tough kid. He shows his emotions. But it’s an area he probably has to work on, because you’re going to give up a home run occasionally.”
The alleged impetus for Monday’s flight in San Francisco? Washington’s Bryce Harper hit a long home run off Strickland in the 2014 playoffs.
Here is Monday’s fight: