The Braves‘ official Twitter account posted “Clown move bro” after the Washington Nationals slugger was angered over being drilled in the leg by Julio Teheran on Tuesday night. It was a reference to Harper’s famous retort to a reporter, “That’s a clown question, bro.”
Harper had homered in his previous at-bat. After he was hit, both benched and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown.
The Nationals answered the Braves‘ tweet with one of their own: “Which part, giving up the home run, or drilling the 20-year-old on the first pitch his next time up?”
Asked if the Nationals might retaliate in Wednesday’s game, manager Davey Johnson said: “It’s just baseball as usual” — then he paused and smiled.