During last night's Nationals-Phillies game, Cole Hamels hit Bryce Harper in the first inning, and admitted just as much. Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo read the same quotes as well all did, and his response was about what I'd expect from Rizzo: pure, unadulterated rage.
“Players take care of themselves,” Rizzo said after I called him this morning. “I’ve never seen a more classless, gutless chicken [bleep] 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 to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year rookie who’s eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.”
Rizzo's comments are eerily reminiscent of Jim Tracy's this spring, who also called Ubaldo Jimenez's beanball of Troy Tulowitzki gutless.
But Rizzo wasn't done. After the initial rage had subsided, he made some solid points.
“With all the bounty [stuff] going on in professional footba