Hunter Strickland threw a baseball at Bryce Harper, who charged the mound and threw his helmet at the invisible devils that have been heckling him since he was 6. It was all very dumb and entertaining, in the grandest of baseball-brawl traditions.
You’ve seen the videos and the GIFs, and they’re all loads of fun. But I’m always fond of the photographic accounts of what transpired. They’re moments in time, a motionless story that you get to start and stop whenever you want, with high-resolution details to pick out of the background.
I’ve dug through some of the pictures in the SB Nation photo tool, and I was not disappointed. Here, then, are my five favorites, presented for your amusement and edification.
5. The Confrontation
There isn’t a lot of subtlety in this one. Just two dummies throwing fist bones at each other because that’s apparently something adults do.
While Buster Posey got a lot of undeserved grief from people because he sat around watching these two dummies, that was a theme of the Giants’ infield. Christian Arroyo is in the background, half-jogging into the fray, not entirely sure what he should do. He was just a year removed from the prom when Strickland gave up those homers in 2014, so he was probably confused.
4. Guilt of the Baseball
This is the first of two images that makes it seem like Strickland is reacting to a horrific tragedy. The assembled men of the Green Hat Brigade are crowded around someone or something graphic, and Strickland is completely overwhelmed.
Mostly, though, I’m concerned with the baseball that caused this whole mess.
What would it be like to be used as a weapon against your will, to…