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Was Bryce Harper's Home Run Kiss Done In Retaliation?

As the world continues to criticize Bryce Harper for blowing a kiss in the direction of Greensboro pitcher Zachary Neal after hitting a home run off him on Monday, there's this potential silver lining: perhaps Harper was merely responding to Neal doing the same thing to him earlier in the game. Here's what the Hagerstown Herald-Mail has to say about the incident.

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Monday's drama started in the first inning when Neal struck out Harper on a borderline call Harper didn't care for to end the first inning.

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Some observers said Tuesday that the groundwork for the incident started there, with Neal sending a kiss in Harper's direction after the whiff.

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Not that this is a defense of Harper's actions, but it at least makes more sense now. Tit for tat, eye for an eye and all of those things. 

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On an unrelated Harper note, this feature by Eric Freeman on why baseball needs Harper as a villainous character is worth your time. 

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