By Sam Bush
With two out in the fifth inning, Bryce Harper lined a first-pitch curveball from Mets starter Seth Lugo down the first-base line. It was close, and Harper raised his hands to his head when Ortiz called it foul.
After grounding out on the next pitch, Harper walked by
“I said, ’Man, I’ve got that pretty fair. What do you think?’” Harper recalled. “It was very like, walking up to him and walking away at the same time, not confrontational at all, not upset about it. I did not think I was going to get the reaction that I got.”
According to Harper, Ortiz said, “No, I don’t even want to hear you. I don’t even want to talk about it.” It went on from there, Harper being held back by second baseman Neil Walker as he told Ortiz to “be professional” and Ortiz shooing Harper away before giving him the heave-ho.
“I said, ’Don’t talk to me like a 5-year-old. Just be a professional with me. Let’s have a conversation,’” Harper said. “And he was like, ‘No, no, no, no, I’m not going to do that.’
“There are times in my career when I go zero to one hundred, I go ballistic, and I say words that I probably shouldn’t be saying on national television and I get very upset. But in this moment tonight, I did not think it was very warranted for him to throw me out when I was not upset about the play call, I was not upset about grounding out. It’s just a bummer.”