Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels made two interesting decisions last night prior to facing Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper in the first inning of Sunday night’s game. He decided that he was a) going to send the phenom a message; and b) admit to his intentions afterwards.

Hamels plunked Harper in the first inning of the game, and inexplicably admitted that he did so on purpose, because … well, because … because that’s just how things are done.

From the moronic Hamels:

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.

Hamels’ stupidity and ignorance as to what the term prestigious means came back to haunt him. After being given his free base, Harper advanced to third on a Jayson Werth single and then, sending something of a message of his own back to the Phillies starter, stole home when Hamels attempted to pick Werth off at first.


Unfortunately, Hamels did end up getting the laugh laugh as Philadelphia went on to win 9-3, but it wasn’t without a little more injury added to the insult, as Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann retaliated for the Harper hit by pitch with a plunking of his own, hitting Hamels in the leg in the third inning.

Old time baseball, everybody. Stupid, stupid old time baseball.

Seeing as though he admitted to throwing at Harper on purpose, it’s expected that Hamels will face some sort of disciplinary action against him that could include a suspension of sorts.

And The Rest

In the same game, the aforementioned Jayson Werth broke his wrist diving for a ball in the sixth inning. Werth could be out anywhere from six weeks to the rest of the season. [Federal Baseball]

The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox battled for more than six hours, expending the arms of six pitchers apiece before both relying on position players to finish the game. Orioles designated hitter Chris Davis ended up the winning pitcher over Darnell McDonald, throwing two scoreless innings of relief. [Camden Chat]

Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero is impressing on the base paths as much as at the plate. [News Tribune]

After 33 games and 139 at bats, Albert Pujols finally hit a home run, and his Los Angeles Angels teammates responded accordingly. [Business Insider]

Here’s what Tony La Russa had to say about the Pujols slump. [St. Louis Today]

Proven closer no longer closing: Heath Bell will not be handling the ninth inning role for the Miami Marlins. [Twitter]

San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner remains a #Studallion. [McCovey Chronicles]

Brandon Inge deserved better, you guys. I feel like I could drink a thousand beers. [The Detroit News]

Grumpy old men: Chipper Jones and Jamie Moyer don’t care much for each other’s veteran presence. []

With apologies to Toronto Blue Jays fans who might have thought that the Mat Gamel injury would push the Milwaukee Brewers toward trading for Adam Lind, the team seems more interested in signing Derek Lee to a contract. [FOX Sports]

Here is what the Milwaukee Brewers are missing from last season due to injury this year. [Disciples Of Uecker]

Right way or wrong way, the Minnesota Twins will stick together as the losses mount. []

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is regret free after calling for the intentional walk of Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto over the weekend. [Pittsburgh Post Gazette]

Today in fine baseball podcasts: Check out The Podcrash. [Crashburn Alley]

And don’t forget The Prodcast. [Productive Outs]

Finally, it’s only the greatest baseball related song of all time: It’s Fernando [Flip Flop Fly Ballin']

Comments (18)

  1. Hitting Harper was stupid, too bad they didn’t lose by one run. I actually like that Nationals retaliated by hitting Hamels. Not usually for hitting players on purpose but in this case it was probably justified.

  2. Hate to be that guy but:

    Fron the moronics Hamels?


  3. So when will any ‘main stream’ toronto newspaper/radio personalities write/speak about how incredibly stupid it would have been to sign a “proven” closer? They all wanted Heath Bell. How’s that working out? Madison is even better!

    But they’d probably not want to admit to being wrong

    • No kidding. I’d love to hear Griffin’s take on Heath Bell’s situation. I’m sure it’d be good for a laugh.

  4. Olden Times Baseball: When people were giant assholes.

  5. While I don’t condone it, sometimes you have to show some fucking balls by plunking an elite douchebag like Harper in the back. Especially from a pitcher who can control his pitches and not miss his center mass target and nail the guy on the noggin. The stupid part was bragging about it to the media afterwards.

    What Parkes fails to mention in this piece is how Harper would continuously taunt opposing pitchers and dugouts while playing in the minors. Hamels was sending him a message.

    • yeah – Hamels was standing up for his brothers in the double A pitching fraternity. that makes sense.

      • this entire episode has made me bigger bryce harper fan.

      • Nailing a showboat rookie has been common in baseball for many years. As is the case in other sports.

        Hamels probably doesn’t give a fuck about the pitchers in double AA. It has to do with teaching the kid some respect.

        • If the old school mentality still exists, it kind of makes you wonder why Brett Lawrie hasn’t been drilled yet.

          • Lawrie doesn’t intentially mock other teams, he just plays balls to the wall. Big differenc ebetween blowing a kiss at an opposing pitcher and getting pumped after a walk-off.

        • Don’t think it worked though. That’s a ballsy move to steal home. I think Harper became my new favourite ballplayer. I hope he becomes an even bigger showboater and backs it up.

        • that was called sarcasm. and hitting someone doesn’t teach respect so much as show disrespect.

    • The only incident from the Minors involving showboating was when he blew a kiss at a pitcher after hitting a home run. What’s failed to be mentioned is that the pitcher blew a kiss at him in the previous at bat when Harper struck out.

  6. I can sort of, kind of, semi-condone throwing at a guy who spiked a teammate, ran the catcher in a dirty way or did what ARod did to Howie Clark, but not just because he’s young and good.

    Besides, Hamels deserves to be thrown at every time he’s at the plate after all those modelling shoots.

  7. What I love the most about this entire episode is that Harper stole home after getting plunked. Even my wife who doesn’t like baseball thought that was awesome. I love the Blue Jays but Harper is my favourite player now.

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