Nationals GM Rips Cole Hamels

In case you don’t know, Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, received a five game suspension. He got the suspension for hitting Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper. After the game, Hamels admitted he struck Harper on purpose:

“I was trying to hit him,” Hamels said. “I’m not going to deny it. That’s just — you know what, it’s something that I grew up watching, that’s what happened, so I’m just trying to continue the old baseball — I think some people kind of get away from it. I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything just because that’s the way baseball is. Sometimes the league is protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, prestigious way of baseball.”

Are you serious? Admitting you hit a guy in the back on purpose? The league has no choice in that matter. Hamels might be a great pitcher, but he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. It’s still unknown why he hit Harper.

Meanwhile, Washington general manager Mike Rizzo took exception to the pitch.

Extreme exception.

“He thinks he’s sending a message to us of being a tough guy?” Rizzo said. “He’s sending the polar opposite message. He says he’s being honest; well, I’m being honest. It was a gutless, chicken $#!+ act. That was a fake-tough act. No one has ever accused Cole Hamels of being old school.”

LMAO. That’s the way to get a rivalry started. Not the Yankees – Red Sox kind of rivalry where it takes 86 years for the other team to win, hopefully. Washington has  a decent ballclub. It’s interesting to see that team mature a little, and then bring in a lightning rod like Harper. People may want to see it more.

 

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