Hockey analyst Don Cherry has a cranky Harper-Papelbon take

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Washington Nationals teammates Bryce Harper, Jonathan Papelbon scuffle in dugout
Tuesday September 29th, 2015

Jonathan Papelbon choking Bryce Harper in the dugout was bad, right? Not according to hockey commentator Don Cherry. 

Cherry, the Great White North’s primary grit evangelist, defended Papelbon in a tweetstorm on Tuesday morning that’s got enough logical flaws and factual inaccuracies to make your head spin. 

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You got that? Criticizing your teammate for throwing at a guy’s head is bad and the correct response to choke your critical teammate (as long as it’s out of the view of television cameras). 

Not only does Harper not make “10 zillion dollars” (it’s actually $2.5 million, to Papelbon’s $13 million), he did run out the pop-up.

“He muttered in frustration, tossed his bat, shook his head and trotted down the line,” Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post wrote. “He reached the base. In Game 155 of a mathematically dead season, that constitutes running it out. That counts.”

But Cherry isn’t going to let facts get in the way of a good take when he calls his producer on the phone and tells her to tweet for him

- Dan Gartland

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