In sports, there are always heated rivalries and player beef. Sometimes two players who aren't too fond of each other end up together through a trade or an off- season signing and at most they'll just avoid each other.
For the Washington Nationals that wasn't the case as Jon Papelbon and Bryce Harper got into it in the dugout of their game vs. the Phillies.
Papelbon originally had some words for Harper because Harper didn't hustle after hitting a pop- up in a tie game.
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Things escalated to where Papelbon reached for Harper's throat. Harper had a few seconds to retaliate before the team pulled the two apart.
The Unwritten Rules
In all fairness, the season for both the teams was over and at this point and this game was nearly meaningless.
Why would a player who has had his history with leg injuries want to risk anything happening at the end of a season, by turning on the jets for a soft pop- up? In many cases it doesn't make sense, it's not worth the risk, but in not running it out, Harper was breaking one of baseball's unwritten rules.
Harper took an extra second to be disgusted with himself and that was his mistake that is what irked Papelbon. Hit it and get going, don't take the extra second to self-lament about what just happened.
Regardless of the rules, or the unwritten rules, Papelbon acted in an unprofessional manner and, as a result, was handed a suspension by the team. Coupled with an earlier suspension, Papelbon's season is over. The team also removed his jersey from the team store.
The Papelbon Saga Continues
Papelbon has always been someone who is outspoken and was unpopular as a player in Philadelphia and after going after a player that has been unbelievable for the team his popularity definitely didn't just go up in Washington.
Going into next season Papelbon is going to have a weight on his shoulders and probably lots of boos to accompany his run in from the bullpen.
Tell us in the comments whether you think Harper should've been running that pitch out.