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The Braves and Nats Twitter feeds get chippy too

Aug 7, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

Benches cleared in last night’s Braves-Nats game after Julio Teheran plunked Bryce Harper. The teams’ Twitter feeds went at it a bit too after Harper took steps toward the pitchers mound after he was hit.

First, the homer:

Then the plunking and Harper coming at Teheran:



I’ll give the advantage to the Nats feed. Mostly because throwing at guys after they hit homers is low rent crap.

  1. bravojawja - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Aw, the parents in management feel like they need to helicopter around their 20 year-old son?

    What does being 20 have to do with it? He’s a big leaguer now, let him take care of himself. Seemed like he was doing just fine on his own. He even cussed like a grown up.

    • stoutfiles - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Exactly. For what it’s worth, Teheran is only 22.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      Or this:

      • km9000 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        “Football coach upset” is redundant.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Looking at the replays of both homer trots, neither was all that bad. Not what you might like to see, but saying that either was intended to show up the opponent is a bit of a stretch. Agreed, it wasn’t about Harper being 20, or Teheran being 22. It was about Fredi Gonzalez, who ought to know better, having his young pitcher throw at someone because of some “unwritten rule.”

      [An aside: I’ve found it refreshing — and a little surprising — that the Nats, under old-school managers Frank Robinson and Davey Johnson, haven’t followed this “unwritten rule.” Especially Robinson, who was a frequent target of head-hunting pitchers.]

      Of course, the “Bryce Harper is a jerk” crowd has emerged from under its rock. By now, we know better. He is young and very competitive, and was understandably upset. With time and maturity, one expects that he will handle such situations better. We should have the same expectations of Teheran. They will meet again — most likely, many times over the next decade or so.

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        To be fair…Harper walked like half way down the line, then with great flourish tossed his bat and began his trot. It wasn’t a Barry Bonds spin-move or anything, but it also wasn’t just casually going about his business.

  2. voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Yeah, it’s low rent, especially after how Upton blatantly pimped his home run the night before. Did Larry think that was classy, too?

    • skids003 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      Maybe Kimbrel will stick one in his buttcheeks tonight, see how tough the punk really is.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Just to clarify: When you say “one” in the above statement, you’re referring to a pitched baseball … right?

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        Skids…please tell Chip you are referring to a baseball.
        Wait. Don’t respond.
        I am simply going to choose to believe you ARE referring to a baseball.
        It’s easier that way…

  3. kingme30 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Nats are a second rate franchise that have no idea how to act like they have been there before. Enjoy the offseason, bros.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      They haven’t been there before.

    • baseballer28 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Damn straight…Harper is about as classless as they come too, not the kind of guy that is going to mature with age. Just his cocky strut and eye paint would be enough reason for me if I was an opposing pitcher. He is always going to be a prim donna, arrogant, selfish a@#hole. That’s what happens when your babied by your parents and given everything at a young age with the illusion that you earned it. He hasn’t earned shit himself, and doesn’t deserve to be in MLB.

      • wannabebluesplayer - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        He is obviously a very good baseball player, so calm down a little with that doesn’t deserve. (I am a Cardinals fan, just so you don’t think I’m a Nationals fan.) Pujols used to stare down homeruns all the time, even at an early age, and wasn’t hit for it….ever. After watching the series last year between the Cards and Nats and watching Harper closely, he is simply a kid with IMMENSE talent that needs a player whose been there before to show him the ropes and the Nats don’t have that guy. There isn’t a Chris Carpenter, Chipper Jones, or other pure veteran winner who can teach him. Werth, LaRoche, Ramos, Haren, I don’t think there’s a veteran on that team that has ever won anything. He will mature. Calm down everyone. The Braves treated the sweep over the Cardinals like a World Series win. What was that about? It goes both ways.

      • ryanrockzzz - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        Yep…not like he made the All-Star team or anything…he deserves to be on the street for hitting a home run and doing what tons of other players do when they hit home runs. Maybe the pitcher should have made a better pitch. I’m all for someone talking the talk if they back it up, and Harper has been a hell of a player at 20 years old.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:19 AM


        You may or may not be right about him being arrogant etc… Let’s say you are correct in all that you said.

        But to say he doesn’t deserve to be in MLB, well I definitely have to disagree with you there. Now many father’s put their son’s an/or daughter’s into high paying positions within their companies when they have no business being in the jobs that they were given.

        However, unlike situations like these, when one becomes a MLB player, a pro football player or an NBA player, there were NEVER given the job. Many of these player are cut, don’t make the team quickly when they no longer are able to produce.

        Pro teams don’t GIVE positions away. Yes, they make mistakes many times in who they draft, trade for etc… but it isn’t like you see the owner’s son in the line up…

        You’re letting your dislike of him (which you ARE entitled to have/feel) affect your reasoning about whether he should be in the pros or not.

        Don’t let your emotions cloud the facts…

  4. baseballici0us - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Yeah, but “clown move bro” reference was classic

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      It’s really kind of played out at this point, actually.

      • km9000 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Yeah, I guess “classic” can work ad a euphemism for “really really old.”

  5. kingme30 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM


    • baseballici0us - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      I know, I want the Expos back…..and I’m not even an expos fan

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        For those sweet uniforms alone.

      • baseballici0us - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        Haha! 50% of the reason is that, yep!

  6. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Gasp… Craig did you really disagree with your beloved Braves? Shocking.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Given the subject matter at hand, it’s really not shocking at all. GASP!

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      If you think I never side against the Braves you haven’t been reading me long.

  7. proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    The Braves have such a classy organization. Not!

    • baseballici0us - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      whoa, whoa, whoa! Easy on the Bravos, please.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      I’d say it’s pretty silly to make sweeping generalizations about an entire franchise based on one dumb tweet.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Seriously, let’s not get too worked up about the tweetings of some misbehaving interns.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        I couldn’t agree more. Similarly…I try to avoid doing so about entire fan bases as well.
        But the tweets were kind of comical.

    • bravojawja - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      And this comes from where, exactly?

      Also: “Not!” was played out not only long before “clown [xx] bro” was, but before the guy who came up with “clown [xx] bro” was born.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        I agree that Not is played out,; however, Larry’s recent twitter complaints still make me think of a third class organization.

      • bravojawja - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        As does Henry Aaron, I presume.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Speaking of played out … referring to Chipper Jones as Larry kinda lost its luster about 10 years ago.

  8. cootschaos - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Actually posing for a Home Run is “low rent crap”.

    Getting drilled with a baseball has been part of the game since its inception. If The Nats pitcher had issue with Upton’s “pimped” homerun, then he had everyright to drill him as well.

    Harper is becoming more and more of a drama queen, sort of like the MLB version of Aaron Rodgers. They both have all the talent in the world, but get caught up in pettiness more ofton than not.

    • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      By low rent crap, he meant beaning Harper after he hit a home run. I’m not sure how this is Harper being petty – it was Teheran that looked petty by beaning him.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Pet peeve: Referring to any HBP as a “beaning.” To me, it’s only a “beaning” if the guy is hit in the head with the pitch.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Except Aaron Rogers is a proven champion. Even has the belt to prove it.

      Harper is J.D. Drew 2.0.

      • jeffchadwick - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        If Harper were “J.D. Drew 2.0,” he’d not be in a Nationals uniform right now. Horrid analogy.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        Just speaking from the anatomically fragile angle and overly ridiculous expectations angle.

      • nolanwiffle - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        ….except for the fact that Harper hasn’t been “fragile”, and he’s been as good as advertised…….the comparison to Drew is dead-on.

      • 18thstreet - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        Totally different players. I mean, totally.

        Harper’s talents are obvious to anyone who has ever seen a baseball game. They slap you in the face. JD Drew’s talents were invisible: great on base ability, great base running, great defense, which is why so many people still insist he sucked (even when healthy).

      • 18thstreet - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        One other thing: another who would deny Bryce Harper is awesome is crazy. At age 19, he was the best hitter on the team with the best record in baseball. Unheardof. He’s slugging 520 this year. (All of his numbers have improved over last year, with the exception of games played — and HELLO! — he got a concussion from playing so damn hard. He’s a terror on the bases.

        If you don’t enjoy watching Bryce Harper play baseball, it’s hard to understand what you DO enjoy about the sport.

  9. section138 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    That Braves tweet really irked my 5th grade teacher. She’s sighing over the incorrect comma usage in direct address. Specifically, “Use a comma to separate the name of someone who is being addressed from the message.”

    That was a clown tweet, bro.

    (And i’m pretty sure I screwed up some grammar rule in that third sentence. Mrs. McKearny is having a heart attack somewhere. My bad.)

  10. DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    After the Final Tweet, @JoeWest gave a warning and said the next taunt will result in the Twitter and LinkedIn accounts being ejected

    • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      I’m trying to imagine Joe West fumbling on his cell phone as he’s tweeting the warnings out.

      That being said, I thought that he did a pretty good job of getting things back under control. He even had a little talk with Harper and McCann the next time Harper came up.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Yes, shocking as it is to say, I think Cowboy did do a good job last night. He maintained control, and he did not dislocate anyones shoulder (see Dennis Cook affair)

  11. mississippimusicman - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Sure, if I got hit I’d maybe be a little mad about it, but can you honestly say that if Biff Tannen Bryce Harper was constantly talking dumb shit about you and being an idiot in your general direction, you wouldn’t at least have the impulse to try to take him down a peg or two?

    All through school and (briefly) the minors, Bryce was the MAN. Now, he’s in the Bigs, and while he’s probably in the top five on his team’s roster (counting pitchers), he needs to learn that he’s not the top stud anymore. It irritates me that the media thinks we give a shit about some kid’s facial hair or idiotic haircut or whatever. Just play the damn game.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Major props for knowing Biff’s last name.

      ” Now why don’t you make like a tree, and get out of here.”

    • emdash01 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      But then, is the problem Harper…or media coverage of Harper?

      I feel like that happens a lot with pro athletes that people “hate.” It’s not really about anything the player’s done so much as a reaction to oversaturation and a resentment of media narratives that gets reflected back on the player. But it’s not exactly the player’s fault he gets coverage; he’s not making the news judgements, here.

      It’s kind of the Tebow effect. Am I sick of hearing about him? Sure. Does that mean he’s a bad person who deserves bad things? Nope.

      • skids003 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        But Harper is a tool. I hope Kimbrell sticks a 99 mile an hour fastball in his butt tonight. See how tough he is then.

      • emdash01 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Thank you for providing a pretty perfect example of the exact phenomenon I’m describing, I’m-assuming-sir.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Why is skids so fascinated with Harper’s butt?

        There are plenty of websites for that kind of thing, just be sure to open a ‘private window” first so that stuff doesn’t follow you around when you are done.

  12. ziplock10 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    What needs to happen is Upton get beaned. First pitch. If that doesn’t happen…. Nats are Gnats!!!

    • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      I would put it past Zimmermann to hit someone, but he would probably wait for the right situation. Also, Freeman could be just as likely a candidate, after how he acted toward Ian Krol.

      • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        I meant “wouldn’t.”

    • emdash01 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      I’m a Nats fan, and I’d be disappointed if that happens, though not surprised as it seems to happen all the time. Dumb macho posing as sideshow distracts from the whole “baseball” thing that I enjoy watching.

      …well. Not quite so much enjoyment this season, but still.

      • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Well, truth be told, after Harper was beaned, a large number of people in the stadium would not have been disappointed if one of the Braves was drilled. Joe West did a good job of getting the game back under control.

        If something happens tonight, though, all bets are off.

      • ziplock10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        I am disappointed that opposing pitchers can bean our star player because he takes 1.5 seconds to watch his hit go. I bet if you look at all the MLB HR highlights, damn near 60% of them took as long or longer watching. Did they get beaned?? OH WAIT!! UPTON LOOKED LIKE A MORON TAKING FOREVER ON HIS TROT!!

      • ziplock10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        I am disappointed that opposing pitchers can bean our star player because he takes 1.5 seconds to watch his hit go. I bet if you look at all the MLB HR highlights, damn near 60% of them took as long or longer watching. Did they get beaned?? OH WAIT!! UPTON LOOKED LIKE A MORON TAKING FOREVER ON HIS TROT!! IN NATS PARK!!

      • ziplock10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        And for the record, Harper said he would have done the same if he were a pitcher. Sad that a 20 year old has to try to lead a team of whiny passive players. Davey is just too old. The Oriole way??? Yeah right!!! Earl would have said,”Oh! Just hit a home run!!”.

  13. chc4 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Bryce Harper is a .270 hitter that has missed 40 games this season so why is everyone talking about this? If it were an elite player it’d make sense.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Because young sexy ball players always loveup to their hype. Just ask Joe Charboneau

    • pdowdy83 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      So DL time and quoting batting average is what you use to evaluate players? Not his 17 homers which is tied for 8th in the NL despite having anywhere from 30-200 less at bats than those in front of him. Or maybe we could look at his .365 OBP, .526 slugging percentage or his .891 OPS? If he had enough plate appearances to qualify his OBP would be 15th, his slugging would be 6th and his OPS would also be 6th in the National League.

  14. ziplock10 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Its amazing how the braves, who have bowed out of so many World Series are so tough!!!! Harper is a young stud in the game. Pardon him if one of the games biggest posers half-walks his way around he bases after a HR(Upton for those in Rio Linda) and he just takes 1 second to look and trots.. OHHHHH the brashness!!! No place in the Major leagues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Atlanta Braves=Almost a dynasty…..

    If you are counting the last 20 years….

    • chc4 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Ironic considering the Braves have 1 more WS than the Gnats in this generation. So I guess that makes “Nattitude” an even goofier moniker than it already is.

      The hype around Harper is over the top. Last I checked he’s hitting .270 and has missed over a third of games played. Wake us all up when his production matches his attitude.

      • chc4 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        He has exploded at umps for third strike calls a few times. He’s a big time whiner. It’s all part of the puzzle.

    • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      I actually wouldn’t be bothered so much by Upton’s antics, if it wasn’t for how Larry and McCann reacted after Harper’s home run. It seems that Harper’s actions get blown up, just because he’s Harper. Sometimes players get mad and do something, and sometimes players shout unpleasantries at each other. But when Harper does it? Oh, the humanity!

      • chc4 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        What exactly did McCann do that angers you? He got b/ Harper and his pitcher. Seems like standard procedure to me.

        Harper’s actions are almost always what causes things to blow up. If he did what 95% of MLers would do and trot to first base then nothing would’ve happened. He’s a hot head whose attitude does not yet match his performance.

      • emdash01 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        …not sure what you mean by “always causes things to blow up?” The Nats have had two benches-clearing incidents in the last two years, both of them pretty mild and not resulting in an actual fight so much as a bit of baseball-fight shoving and posturing. Again, I feel like the media narrative of “hot head” around Harper is causing a bit of distortion here.

      • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        It’s the hypocrisy. Of all the players on the field, McCann was the only one that had to be restrained. He’s the one after the game that complained about Harper’s home run. Justin Upton hit a home run the night before, and he really pimped that one, but I didn’t hear the same reaction that.

        I’m not sure how Harper’s actions are any different than what a lot of other players have done in the same situation. He didn’t charge the mound – he just cussed at Teheran. Players do that all the time, and if something happens they come out of the dugout. It’s mostly for show, which most players understand. McCann, though, was the one that needed to be restrained.

      • chc4 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        McCann had to be restrained? I watched the game and didn’t see that at all. He was obviously pissed that Harper was acting like the b***h that he is. But he in no way went after him to where someone had to hold him back.

      • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        I was at the game, and I had a very good view of the whole thing. Joe West had to get right in front of McCann as Harper was walking toward first. You could tell that McCann was really fired up. That’s why, the next time Harper came to bat, Joe West walked to the front of the plate, and talked to both of them.

      • chc4 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        The ump always gets between the catcher and/or pitcher, or at least tries to. That’s standard operating procedure. Sure McCann was hot but in no way did he go after Harper. Watch the replay.

      • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Once again, I was at the game. I saw the whole thing. Every other player was standing around, except for McCann. He was very animated. It was significant enough that Joe West had to pause before Harper’s next at bat to talk to both of them.

  15. Francisco (FC) - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I’ll give the advantage to the Nats feed. Mostly because throwing at guys after they hit homers is low rent crap.

    I’m curious as to what would constitute high rent crap?

    • chadjones27 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      There is none. It’s just a description of a specific type of crap. Low rent crap is just a level of crapitude.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      The place I rent at the beach

  16. chc4 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I don’t get all the outrage at Teheran. He didn’t throw at his head or even above the belt. He plunked him in the freakin’ thigh. Players are soft.

    Teheran leads the NL in hit batters so I’m not even convinced it was intentional.

    • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Oh, it was intentional. When pitchers do throw at someone, it’s usually at the meaty parts of the body.

      • chc4 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        We’ve seen plenty of pitchers go head hunting. Now that deserves some outrage. What happened yesterday is pretty standard stuff. And by the way Freeman had been plunked earlier in the game. Not saying that was intentional either but it could add fuel to the fire.

      • km9000 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Resisting the urge to make a “Harper is a meathead” joke…

    • bobulated - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Agreed, I didn’t think it was intentional either, it certainly wasn’t straight, definitely had a lot of movement and ride into left handed box. Obviously Harper thought it was on purpose and I can understand him thinking so. Two young guys talking smack to each other afterwards didn’t help defuse the situation.

  17. historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Off the top of my head, I can’t recall an instance where the @Tigers addressed the opposing team negatively or smack-talked an opposing player. Sometimes they retweet their roster…hrmm…

  18. sportsdrenched - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Didn’t the Braves and the Twins twitterfeeds get after it earlier in the summer? Good. Twitter was invented for stuff like this. Better than the dry Corporate BS stuff like roster moves, line-ups, up coming promotions, and press releases that say nothing and anything.

  19. 18thstreet - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I don’t understand what’s so bad about players watching their own homeruns. It’s a little bit of flare. To me, it’s like objecting to a basketball player dunking when he could have done a finger roll.

    If you don’t want to be “shown up,” don’t give up homers.

    • ryanrockzzz - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Exactly. It’s part of the competition of the sport. How many times do we see an NBA player dunk over someone and stand there with that “shit don’t stink” way about them. The NFL is insane with taunting and the dancing.

      I think throwing at a batter is pretty low brow to me. You got beat, the guy celebrates, and now you set out to not get beat again.

      • 18thstreet - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        I LOVED touchdown dances and sack dances. For the fans who hate this stuff — is it just an objection to it being done against your own team?

  20. km9000 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Yeah… I just can’t wait to hear about fat the Nats’ mama is, and how ugly the Braves’ mama is.

  21. Kevin Gillman - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Craig, I am so disappointed. I thought this post would be because Danny Espinosa still believes the Nats are a “better” team than the Braves, and had nothing to do with Tehran and Harper.

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