The Nationals made a lot of acquisitions by the trade deadline to bolster their bullpen. One of the acquisitions will be sure to add some excitement to the pennant race.
The Nats acquired Hunter Strickland from Seattle. Hunter is known as the guy who drilled Bryce Harper with a 98-mph fastball in 2017 which led to Harper charging the mound and a suspension for both players.
GM, Mike Rizzo, called Strickland’s decision to throw at Harper a “selfish act.”
On June 10 of last year, Strickland was booed as he entered that game in the ninth inning at Nationals Park, retiring Harper on a groundout. Now it’s Harper who gets booed in D.C.
Strickland now regrets intentionally drilling Harper.
“Love the attitude, the chip on his shoulder,” Mike Rizzo said “He’s a tough guy that brings it. You love him or you hate him, and he’s a National now.”