Emotions are boiling over at Nationals Park a day after the Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention.
In the bottom of the eighth inning of a 4-4 tie against the Philadelphia Phillies, Bryce Harper walked back to the dugout after flying out to left field for the Nationals’ first out.
Jonathan Papelbon, appearing to take issue with Harper not running all the way to first base, shouted at Harper from the edge of the dugout.
The two continued exchanging words as Harper entered the dugout until Papelbon, stepping down from the top step, lunged toward Harper and slammed him into the back of the dugout.
Harper was pulled from the melee by Ian Desmond and then sent to the showers.
Papelbon was sent back to the mound to pitch the top of the ninth.
“Certainly there’s a lot of testosterone flowing,” Matt Williams said after the game. “This is a family issue and we’ll deal with it that way. There was an altercation in the dugout and we’ll leave it at that.”