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Midnight Mania! Bryce Harper baseball brawl reminds us how hard fighting actually is

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! I hope you had a great Memorial Day if you live in the United States. Frequently, honoring those who gave their lives is as simple as enjoying every moment we have, often thanks to their sacrifice. Tonight, we’ve got baseball warriors reminding us just how hard this fighting thing is, Stipe and little horses, Shevchenko being Texan, knockouts upon knockouts, sumo, and much more

Throw baseballs ... not hands

Because you can’t punch for shit! That’s the takeaway from this impromptu display of the sweet science (or lack thereof). I don’t watch baseball, but the guy hit by the pitch, I’m informed, is Bryce Harper, who goes after pitcher Hunter Strickland. It just gets worse from there.

Bryce Harper was not happy after getting hit by Strickland's pitch and charged the mound.

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Firstly, can we talk about that helmet toss? That’s a serious fail, especially after the guy beaned you with pinpoint accuracy from 60 feet. There is some debate about whether he is even trying to hit Strickland with it, it was that bad. (After viewing it a couple dozen times I think he is indeed aiming at the pitcher, and it slipped) I’m really awful at throwing things, but this is a professional baseball player and he misses by like ten feet from point-blank range.

Secondly, those punches. The slow motion helps nothing here. At first, I thought Strickland landed a couple good hooks, but the slow motion replay reveal his first “hook” is him palming Harper’s forehead, and the second one misses completely. In fact, the only punch that actually connects is this pathetic effort:

The takeaway here? Fighting is actually really hard and even elite athletes are not necessarily that good at it. Despite what former UFC commentator Mike Goldberg would have you believe, throwing punches is not the same as throwing fastballs.

Which makes Odor’s ability to throw a solid right hand on Bautista’s chin look downright amazing in retrospect.


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Now is as good a time as any to let y’all know Midnight Mania will be on hiatus next week. I will be on a stay-cation, off the grid, pitching a tent in my backyard watching stars with my telescope. Naturally, that stargazing precludes any midnight writing, although I will be partaking in midnight snacks throughout. However, there will still be a shell in this space, an article for you Maniacs to find cool stuff from the day and leave in the comments.

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