Jonathan Papelbon Tried to Choke Bryce Harper
The Phillies scored eight runs in the ninth inning, including five against closer Jonathan Papelbon, to break a 4-4 tie in Sunday’s win against the Washington Nationals. That wasn’t the big story during and after the game, however.
Outfielder Bryce Harper flied out to start the bottom of the eighth inning and he didn’t run it out with a lot of effort. On his walk back to the dugout, Papelbon was seen barking at Harper and continued to jaw at him as the NL MVP candidate made his way down the steps. Harper returned serve, which prompted Papelbon to lunge at Harper, wrapping a hand around his throat. The two were quickly separated.
Here’s video of the incident:
It’s not exactly earth-shattering news, as Papelbon had a few incidents while with the Phillies, though none of them involved attacking a teammate.
The Nationals have been an utter disaster in the second half. Once favorites in the NL East, the New York Mets clinched the division on Saturday night while Nats manager Matt Williams has reportedly lost his clubhouse. The Phillies, despite their track to 100 losses, are not the most embarrassing team in the division anymore.