This post has been updated.
The auction for the jersey that Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland was wearing when he threw at Bryce Harper and subsequently took a fist to the face from the Nationals outfielder on Memorial Day was suspended less than two hours before it was scheduled to end.
Bidding for Strickland’s jersey was up to $1,500 as of Wednesday evening and the high bid for the relief pitcher’s 7 1/4-size Memorial Day cap was $390. Strickland’s jersey was by far the most coveted game-used Giants jersey from last Monday’s game. The item listing noted that “Strickland was ejected from the game after fighting with Bryce Harper” and an MLB Auctions spokesperson said that proceeds from the auction would go to the team.
The auction was scheduled to end at 11 p.m. Wednesday, but both Strickland items were listed as “Closed” and references to the fight were removed from the item descriptions shortly after 9 p.m. It’s possible that someone decided to pull the plug after word of the auction got out Wednesday evening and MLB was criticized for profiting off an incident that led to Harper and Strickland both being suspended. An MLB Auctions spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Bidding for Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford’s dirt-stained Memorial Day jersey was up to $750 on Wednesday afternoon, while Michael Morse’s jersey was at $650. The description for Morse’s jersey did not note that the former National ended up on the seven-day concussion disabled list after he was accidentally trucked by his own teammate, pitcher Jeff Samardzija, in the brawl that followed Harper’s plunking.
Harper’s thrown batting helmet, which missed its mark and launched a thousand memes, would probably fetch a pretty penny, but no Nationals gear from the game was available for auction on MLB’s official auction site as of Wednesday afternoon. (The Harper home run ball that a Nationals fan caught in Game 1 of the 2014 NLDS is probably worth a bit more today.)
This wasn’t the first time that Harper-related fight memorabilia has been put up for auction. Last year, Lelands advertised the jersey that Harper wore during his dugout fight with Jonathan Papelbon in 2015 as part of its summer catalog. The auction house revised its description of the item after Harper told the Associated Press that he still had the jersey he was wearing during the fight in his possession and video evidence appeared to confirm that assertion.