“I think I need to change my playlist, because I get a little fired up,” said Harper, who was tossed for arguing with plate umpire Chris Segal in the eighth inning of the Nationals‘ 8-5 comeback win. “‘5AM’ really got me fired up, by Logic. I called my brother and was like, ‘Man, I’m so fired up to play today.’ I guess it got me a little too fired up. I guess I need to mix in some Temptations and some of those jazz bands to calm me down a little bit.”
In the eighth inning, Harper struck out swinging, then threw down his bat, grabbed at the dirt and engaged in a heated discussion with Segal. Daniel Murphy tried to calm Harper down, pulling his teammate away from home plate.
Earlier in the at-bat, Harper took exception to a 1-0 fastball that he thought was low but that Segal called for a strike.
“Runner on third, instead of being 2-0, you’re 1-1,” he said. “Little fired up on the pitch he threw me down. That’s a tough lefty right there, so you never want to help him out. I said it was down. I screamed a little bit. I didn’t really say any profanity. I don’t think I did, at least. But I knew it was down. Swung on the pitch, kicked the dirt. I didn’t really yell at him. I just yelled because I was mad that I struck out, and he tossed me.
“I don’t know why he tossed me. I don’t know if he tossed me because I kicked the dirt or he thought I was yelling at him, but at that point, I was not trying to yell at him. I was just pretty fired up about striking out in a big situation like that.”
During his previous at-bat in the sixth inning, Harper…