There was a lot to digest from Monday's basebrawl between the Nationals and Giants.
What's the statute of limitations for beaning a batter? Giants reliever Hunter Strickland plunked Nationals star Bryce Harper, who stroked a pair of home runs off him in the 2014 postseason. They hadn't faced each other since.
Strickland didn't go for the noggin, but he tagged Harper so hard in the right hip the 98 mph fastball ricocheted 30 feet toward third base. Harper charged and flung his helmet with the accuracy of EJ Manuel.
Strickland and Harper squarely landed punches before the benches swarmed them, with Giants reliever Jeff Samardzija and outfielder Mike Morse blindly running into each other.
The sequence was a classic moment for those who love to debate baseball's unwritten rules.
The man to examine, however, was Giants catcher Buster Posey.
What did he do? Exactly nothing. Umpire Brian Gorman, who will turn 58 in a couple weeks, ran past a statuesque Posey toward the melee. Posey didn't grab Harper or even leave the plate until fists had been thrown.
Posey eventually milled around the perimeter, his mask still on.
The pitcher-catcher duo is called a battery. When it came to Monday's battery, the backstop didn't have the pitcher's back.