Cole Hamels Made A Mistake, It’s As Simple As ThatBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies, Pitchers Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
So far in 2012, Phillies ace Cole Hamels has continued to dominate from the mound in much the same that he has done since he first put on the Phillies uniform. I say that because it’s by far the most important aspect of what I have to say about him.
Now concerning him plucking Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper in the back, then admitting to it after the game. That was a mistake.
“I was trying to hit him. I’m not going to deny it. It’s something I grew up watching. That’s what happened. I’m just trying to continue the old baseball. Some people get away from it. I remember when I was a rookie, the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything. That’s the way baseball is. Sometimes the league is protecting certain players. It’s that old-school prestigious way of baseball.”
In fact it was flat out foolish to admit that he hit rookie Harper intentionally. He didn’t need to lie about it either. All he had to do was keep his mouth shut and not say anything.
Both GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel couldn’t even defend him when they were asked about it.
“If what he said is true, I’m kind of disappointed,” Amaro said. “One, in the fact that it happened, but, two, more importantly, that he made those comments. That’s a little disappointing. Obviously, that’s not what we’re about. We’re not about trying to injure people, if that’s what people are thinking out there.
“Things that happen in the game happen in the game. That’s part of the game. But as far as how the Phillies want to conduct themselves, we like to try to take the high road on things like this. By no means are we condoning trying to be injurious.”
“He could have been a little bit more discreet about it, or a little less honest,” Manuel said.
Of course Nationals GM MIke Rizzo had something to say about Hamels and this incident.
“Cole Hamels says he’s old-school,” Rizzo said. “He’s the polar opposite of old-school. He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year-old rookie who’s eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.”
According to numerous reports, Rizzo has been disciplined by the MLB for those comments and rightfully so.
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