Bryce Harper (L) prepares to hit Hunter Strickland after being hit by a pitch on Memorial Day 2017. (AP)
Major League Baseball has already found a way to cash in on the Memorial Day brawl that centered around Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper and San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland.
As the Washington Post noted on Wednesday, Strickland’s game-worn jersey and cap from that fateful day are now up for auction on MLB.com. The bidding closes at 11 p.m. ET, and as of their last check the jersey had reached $1,500 after 14 bids had been placed.
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Strickland was hit with a six-game suspension for his actions, which stemmed from a series of interactions that occurred way back during the 2014 postseason. He’s since filed an appeal that won’t be heard by the league until June 13. Strickland is holding out hope for a reduced punishment after Harper’s original four-game suspension was reduced to three games.
It was an ugly scene that the league should in no way risk encouraging or promoting to any segment of its audience. Yet despite that fact, and despite the fact the issue isn’t completely closed due to the continuing appeals process, it will gladly profit from it. Here’s more from the Washington Post:
Strickland’s jersey, as you might imagine, is by far the most coveted game-used Giants jersey from last Monday’s game. The item listing notes that “Strickland was ejected from the game after fighting with Bryce Harper.” An MLB Auctions spokesperson said that proceeds from the auction will go to the team. [/restrict]