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  • Umpire ejects boorish fan for heckling Bryce Harper

    David Brown at Big League Stew1 hr ago

    Not everyone at Turner Field took it in stride as the Washington Nationals clinched the National League East against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

    Word on the street is that umpire Tim Welke had been coexisting with a fan who was heckling Bryce Harper for several innings. By the time the sixth inning rolled around, and the fan refused to stop yelling such creative taunts as "You [bleeping stink], you piece of [bleep]!" Welke drew a line and had security eject him.

    Here's a link to video of the event that includes some NSFW language you can barely make out.

    "Hey! Hey! Get rid of that guy! Get rid of him now!" Welke said heroically to an usher. 

    Harper otherwise appeared ready to get on with the game, but apparently Welke had heard enough F bombs.

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    Wed, Sep 17
    4:10 PM PDT
    Washington at Atlanta
    Preview Game
  • Tony Gwynn Jr. starts in San Diego three months after his dad's death

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew8 hrs ago

    One of the loudest ovations Tuesday night at Petco Park went to a member of the visiting team. 

    Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg ensured that when he inserted the son of San Diego's most beloved athlete into his lineup

    Tony Gwynn Jr. started in centerfield and hit leadoff against the Padres three months to the day after his 54-year-old father lost a four-year battle with cancer. It was the younger Gwynn's first plate appearance in his hometown since May 2012 when he was a member of the Dodgers.

    Though Gwynn went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to the Padres, that surely didn't detract too much from a special night. The crowd greeted him with a hearty ovation before his first at-bat and fans in the bleachers greeted him with chants of "Tony! Tony! Tony!" when he jogged to the outfield before the bottom of the first inning. 

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