Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper Basebrawl Fight

May 29, 2017  •  1 Comment

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) and Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) in a fight after Harper was hit by the pitch of Strickland during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports 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!

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Teammates try to escort San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) off the field and out of the fight against the Washington Nationals which cleared the bench during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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!

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; A fight ensues between the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals after Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) was hit by pitch during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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.

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence (8) and relief pitcher George Kontos (70) try to get relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) off the field after a fight against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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.

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) and Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) in a fight after Harper was hit by the pitch of Strickland during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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!

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) punches Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) after Harper was hit by the pitch of Strickland during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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.

MLB: NLDS-Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsOct 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates after hitting a solo home run as he rounds the bases past San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (left) during the seventh inning of game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsOct 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning of game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsOct 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning of game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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.

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Teammates try to escort San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) off the field after a fight against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


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Seth(non-registered)
Awesome pics... you captured the raw emotion of the game. Did you use the Olympus for these pics?
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