In the Nationals clubhouse, Strasburg’s plunking of Upton got plenty of support given what had happened in the past couple of weeks. Bench coach Randy Knorr said he was “proud” of Strasburg, and he wasn’t alone.
“Whether it got away from him or not, he’s got my respect,” Adam LaRoche said. “I was impressed.”
Craig Stammen seemed to feel the Nationals were owed one after the repeated plunkings of Bryce Harper by Braves pitchers recently. On Friday night, Harper was hit twice, including on a high fastball from Luis Avilan that got Harper on the left triceps.
“I mean, they’re just throwing at us to throw at us,” Stammen said. “(Avilan) can say he didn’t do it on purpose, but he hit him in the back arm, which isn’t even close when the guy’s been throwing strikes all the time. So, I mean, you can say whatever it is, but the game will always police itself.
“And credit to (the Braves’) hitters, when they got hit, they walked down to first base, they took it like men and that’s kinda how it is and it should be over now.”
But will it be over now?
“Yeah, I think so,” Stammen said. “You never know. Somebody might come in and throw at one of our guys and then it starts all over again. That’s just the merry-go-round of it and it’s a part of what this game’s been built on for a very long time. And hopefully it’s over.”
Posted: August 18, 2013 at 07:46 AM | 30 comment(s)
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