Cole Hamels intentionally hit Bryce Harper on Sunday night because … he’s a rookie? He’s getting too much attention? No one’s really sure. But we are sure that it was intentional, because Hamels admitted as much Monday morning.
This caused Nats GM Mike Rizzo to react. And react in the most awesome way possible. Via Adam Kilgore at The Post:
“Players take care of themselves. I’ve been I’ve never seen a more classes, gutless chicken shit act in my 30 years in baseball. Cole Hamels says he’s old school? He’s the polar opposite of old school. He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going it intimidate us after hitting our 19-year rookie eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with. He thinks he’s sending a message to us of being a tough guy. He’s sending the polar opposite message. He says he’s being honest, well, I’m being honest. It was a gutless chicken shit fucking act. That was a fake-tough act. No one has ever accused Cole Hamels of being old school. This goes beyond rivalry and all that stuff. This points to, you take the youngest guy in baseball. He’s never done a thing. And then Hamels patted himself on the back. Harper’s old school. Hitting him on the back, that ain’t old school. That’s fucking chicken shit.”
This rivalry is getting really fun. Also: The Nats are 4.5 games ahead of the last place Phillies. Can not wait til they play again in two weeks.