When it rains, it pours—at least for the Nats. A day after being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, tensions were really flying high in Washington...and losing to the soon-to-be 100-loss Phillies didn’t exactly calm the waters. With the game tied at four in the 8th, Bryce Harper failed to run out a fly ball, and waiting for him at the top step of the dugout was the none-too-pleased Jonathan Papelbon. His menacing stare spoke volumes as the two confronted each other, and within seconds a brawl ensued with Pap violently grabbing the 22 year old by the neck in the expletive-laced melee. Making matters worse, Harper immediately removed himself from the game following the fight, while Papelbon stayed in and proceeded to give up a two-run homer in what turned out to be an 8-run inning for the Phils. Manager Matt Williams—who has been on the hot seat nearly all season—claimed ignorance, proclaiming that he wasn’t aware of the extent of the fight. Williams’ seat may as well be filled with charcoal now, as the organization looks to remedy what has turned out to be a miserable 2015 campaign.
Check out video of the fight captured by Jake Russell of the Washington Post above.