by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — While watching the final offering of the Nationals and Braves three-game series today, you’re likely going to hear a lot about Bryce Harper doing his part to reignite the rivalry between the two clubs.

The reason being: Harper dragged his foot across the Braves ‘A’ as he made his way to the batters’ box late last night early this morning, an act he insisted after the game was unintentional.

With one out in the top of the second inning, Harper, entering the batter’s box from the visitors’ dugout on the third base line, appeared to stutter-step as he neared the ‘A’ — located directly behind where the umpire would stand — cocking his right foot outward and dragging it along the ‘A,’ causing some dirt to brush over it.

Here are a few separate angles.

Harper would single on a slow roller to shortstop Emilio Bonifacio, and later deny allegations he intentionally defiled the Braves’ apparently sacred ‘A.’

Regardless of culpability, Braves fans were irate on Twitter. The Braves’ official Twitter account took notice, too.

Some people had jokes.

The Nationals would win 4-1 with a 3-run 11th inning, and everyone would go to bed really, really late.


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