Cole Hamels hit Bryce Harper on purpose
Cole Hamels hit 19-year-old Bryce Harper with a pitch in the first inning Sunday night. After the game, he told reporters he hit Harper on purpose.
That was a tweet from Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb, concerning Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels hitting Bryce Harper with a pitch in the first inning Sunday night. It would appear Hamels was going with a little hazing on the 19-year-old phenom in a "welcome to the bigs" type display. Give Hamels credit for not doing the whole "it just got away from me" bit, which is so tired.
Hamels: "I was trying to hit him. I'm not going to deny it."— Matt Gelb (@magelb) May 7, 2012
I'm sure some will get all riled up about this, but I like it. I also like that Harper didn't seem mad about it. In fact, check this out, from a Nationals beat writer:
After getting hit, Harper came around and stole home, making Hamels pay for it. And then in the third inning, Jordan Zimmermann hit Hamels with a pitch -- and there wasn't a fight. Hamels was masterful the rest of the way, throwing eight innings and giving up only five hits and that one run in a big Phillies' win.
Told Hamels admitted plunking him, Harper laughed. "He's a great guy, great pitcher, knows how to pitch. He's an all-star. It's all good."— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 7, 2012
Simply: This was just a few baseball players taking care of business on their own. That's old school. Gotta love it.
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