Bryce Harper exited Monday night's game against the Mets prematurely when he was tossed in the top of the fourth inning after ferociously disputing a series of close calls on balls and strikes.
The Phillies ultimately lost to their NL East rivals by a final score of 5-1 and the game's starter, Jake Arrieta, had some choice words for his new teammate, claiming that Harper should've prioritized the fact that Philly was in a close game, not voicing his frustrations on a "missed" call.
Those are some strong words from one start to another.
Credit to the former Cy Young here. Harper's electric ejection most likely did distract viewers from the fact that the Phils' were utterly disappointing last night.
Jake Arrieta on Bryce Harper getting ejected from the dugout:— David Adler (@_dadler) April 23, 2019
"We need him in right field. I don't care how bad [the umpire] is. I need him in right field. I need him at the plate. And he wasn't there."
Arrieta's teammates managed to commit as many errors (three) as hits recorded and Steven Matz and the Mets bullpen sat down 16 consecutive Philly batters to close out the W.
Therefore, we have no problems with Arrieta calling out Bryce.
Considering the fact that Harper's dismissal did everything but energize his club, the episode was practically pointless, no matter how entertaining it was.