Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper Basebrawl Fight
Many people consider baseball boring. Others know that every game you go to is a little bit of history and has potential to be a big game. You might get a no-hitter, you might see an epic play at the play, leaping over the wall catch, or in this case, an all out brawl!
In what was otherwise a relatively uneventful baseball game, in the top of the eighth, Hunter Strickland went in to face off against Bryce Harper, or rather hit a ball off Harper's hit. I'm not going to add my commentary about whether it was related to their meeting three years ago or whether either was right or wrong for the extent of the altercation. I'm just here to document the fight...and the hair, so much hair!
I was pleased to see this SB Nation article by Grant Brisbee of the 5 best photos from the brawl which listed photographer credit (thanks to Peter Symonds for pointing it out to me) and the article being a small love letter to the still photo.
On another note. My instagram post received over 300 likes which is pretty big for me and I suppose in a way flattering (is that the right word?), but I was more validated to receive texts and emails and in person comments from other photographers, well before I had even posted on social media. In my struggle with how to use social media it's always a good reminder that social media can be a nice echo to your work, but it doesn't replace getting your work published and noticed on other platforms.
On a secondary note, another photographer who will not be named, was unfortunately using the restroom when this happened. While you can't help when nature calls and and bragging about my bladder seems both unfair and totally bizarre, but pro tip, always go to the bathroom pregame!
This is also another reason to try and learn the sport you are photographing. While I didn't think that the incident from 3 years ago would come up and it wasn't in the game notes, I did cover it and was able to find in my archive.
But true baseball fans/analysts immediately recalled this previous interaction.. and could probably tell you any stat you dream of related to Harper or Strickland. Though that was three years ago the A's mascot is the elephant, it appears it's Strickland who never forgets as he had to be carried off the field by teammates.
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