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Bryce Harper ejected by John Hirschbeck, who was looking to toss him (Video)

John-Hirschbeck-Bryce-HarperBryce Harper had a very quick afternoon during the Washington Nationals’ 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Harper had only one at-bat, as he was thrown out by umpire John Hirschbeck in the top of the first inning for arguing over a check swing. The call looked questionable and the ejection even more so.

Harper reportedly dropped his bat after staring at Hirschbeck, but it sure looked like Hirschbeck was antagonizing him. Instead of turning the other way, the veteran umpire threw his arms up at Harper and kept staring him down. It seemed obvious he was waiting for a reason to throw him out.

“First of all, he put both arms up in the air,” Hirschback explained after the game, via Bill Ladson of MLB.com. “To me, I felt like that’s showing me up. I yelled at him and warned him to stop. And then he continued and he slammed his bat down. I actually warned him again and then the next thing he slammed his helmet down and I felt three warnings are more than enough.”

For his part, all Harper said was that he was happy he didn’t cost his team a win. Last season, Harper was ejected after he slammed his helmet when he was angry with himself for grounding into a double play, so it does seem like umpires try to make an example of the youngster at times.

Perhaps Hirschbeck was still frustrated after being nailed in the groin by a foul ball a little over a week ago. That type of experience can stick with a person.

Umpire John Hirschbeck takes a foul ball to the groin (GIF)

Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck was in the line of fire on Wednesday night, and his manly region got the worst end of a foul ball.

A.J. Pierzynski was up in the fourth inning of the Texas Rangers-LA Angels game and checked his swing on a pitch from Nick Maronde. He fouled the ball off, and it nailed Hirschbeck in the groin. The umpire went down as if he had been socked in the nuts by Johnny Cage.

There was a brief delay in the game to give Hirschbeck a chance to recover.

Pierzynski ended up walking in the at-bat, and the Angels mercifully got the next batter out to end the disastrous 9-run inning by Texas.

Turns out this is actually a regular occurrence for Hirschbeck.

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