I don’t care who you are. If you’re acting like a jackass, you don’t deserve to be protected. No one had shown anyone else up at that point in the game, and the Giants were down 2-0 in the eighth inning, so it was a close game. Still, Strickland decided to drill Harper with a 98-mph fastball to the hip.
After the game, Strickland alluded to two home runs Harper hit on him in 2014, which caused him to “go inside.” What? So, a player has your number, and you decide to plunk him because he’s good? That’s selfish baseball, and Buster Posey is under no obligation to defend that kind of behavior. If Strickland wants to hurl that kind of heat intentionally, he can deal with the consequences himself.
Are there people really mad at Buster Posey? I certainly prefer my superstars not get hurt in a silly fight. Good for Posey.
If you don’t have your teammates back, you are a bad teammate. It’s that simple. When you’re on the field of battle, you have to trust that your squad will protect you, or survival is impossible. Buster Posey should have at least tried to hold Harper back, no matter if Strickland was wrong or right for hitting him. Posey only sees Harper a hand full of times throughout the year. The Giants catcher sees Strickland at least 162 times in the same locker room. How can Posey expect anyone to trust him after he left his pitcher on an island?
Next time, Posey better tackle anyone who dares challenge one of his pitchers. There’s too much damage that has been done already by leaving Strickland vulnerable.