A year has passed since that memorable brawl between Giants' pitcher Hunter Strickland and Nationals superstar Bryce Harper; it was on a Memorial Day at the AT&T Park in San Francisco and it was a player that was not directly involved in the fight who got the worst part and from that moment, his career was practically over.
That player is Michael Morse, who played for the San Francisco Giants back then. In an attempt of separating Strickland and Harper, fellow Giant Jeff Samardzija accidentally punched Morse, causing him a concussion that ended not only the season but his career.
Morse spoke with USA Today's Bob Nightengale and said that it is a shame that his playing days had to end like that:
t’s a shame my last game had to be so ironic, but it’s not something I sit around and dwell on. It happened; what are you going to do? The way I figure it, I was playing with house money.
Also, Giants manager Bruce Bochy spoke about the consequences of that day unfortunate brawl and said that even Samardzija was affected by his collision with Morse:
“Morse was a mess after that, it’s a shame that how it ended for him. Samardzija felt it, too. This spring, he had some neck things going on after that happened. Two big men colliding like that, and they were running pretty good