Philadelphia Phillies player Bryce Harper, one of the best players in all of MLB, was ejected during his team’s 4-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies during the seventh inning, which led to a series of shoving matches between the two teams and emptied both teams’ bullpens.
Harper reacted to taunts from Rockies reliever Jake Bird after getting the last out of the seventh inning and said something toward the Phillies dugout.
“I got very emotional,” Harper said. “I understand getting fired up about an inning and stuff like that. But once you make it about a team or make it about you and the other team, that’s when I have a problem with that.”
Dugouts and bullpens emptied
Harper headed toward Brid and was stopped by Rockies catcher Elias Diaz, then Phillies third base coach Dusty Wathan stopped the two-time National League MVP from going against a group of players and coaches gathered near the first-base line.
“After that point, I went out there by myself to go against him,” Harper said. “J.T. Realmuto was right behind me. Taijuan Walker the same. I thank my teammates for coming with me and doing that. It was the heat of the moment. Once we got out, Bird just went to his bench and disappeared. No one really saw him after what he did.”
During and after the altercation, Harper was seen offending and attacking the entire Rockies team.