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Atlanta hecklers are meaner to Bryce Harper than Philly hecklers

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Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic spoke with Washington Nationals players about the heckling they’ve received over the years. He starts it with a thought-provoking question:

Imagine going about your day at work and having a complete stranger with a beer in their hand and a hot dog in the other yell bad words at you and make detailed references to your personal life.

Yeah, “imagine.” In other news, you all should totally go get a comments section of your own. It’s the best!

OK, anyway, back to the Nationals. Yes they, like all ballplayers get their fair share of heckling abuse. Sometimes it’s personal. Sometimes it’s meant to be funny but often, at least in the examples the player give, the humor is . . . lacking. I’m sure a lot of it is funny to the drunk guys when they think it up, but things like “road trip to Canada!” and “I know! I know! We should all open a a BAR together!!” seem like good ideas to drunk guys too.

There was one surprising bit in there, though: Philly is way too nice to Bryce Harper:

Harper, in fact, doesn’t hear it much from Philly fans at all.

“More Atlanta than Philly. I don’t get much in Philly, actually,” he said. “I enjoy playing in Philly. I don’t get much from Phillies fans going crazy. Of course, the Mets, the Dodgers, San Francisco.”

Man, you guys gotta step up your game.

 

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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