Usually when a pitcher hits a batter in Major League Baseball, he explains it as a pitch that got away. It is not often a professional hurler admits he hit a guy on purpose. Well, Cole Hamels may just be that old school, or whatever that makes him. If you ask Nats GM Mike Rizzo, it makes him anything but.First, here is what Hamels said to The Washington Post after the game on beaning 19-year-old Bryce Harper in the back with a fastball.I was trying to hit him, Hamels said. Im not going to deny it. Thats just you know what, its something that I grew up watching, thats what happened, so Im just trying to continue the old baseball.Hamels had no particular reason to hit Harper - the youngest player currently in the game - there was no specific event he seemed to be retaliating from. Harper even told Adam Kilgore of The Post he had no clue as to why he was hit.
Not having a clear reason for the act and going after one of his most prized assets was not something Rizzo took kindly too. This is what he told Kilgore about the sequence. The Post reporter caught up with him last night after the game, clearly still bothered by what had gone on.Players take care of themselves, Rizzo said. Ive never seen a more classless, gutless chicken bleep act in my 30 years in baseball.Cole Hamels says hes old school? Hes the polar opposite of old school. Hes fake tough. He thinks hes going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year rookie whos eight games into the big leagues? He doesnt know who hes dealing with.Rizzo goes on and uses the word chicken bleep several more times and says this goes beyond rivalry.For the rest of his comments read Kilgores take right here. It sounds like the Philadelphia-Washington has been taken up a notch. Keep in mind this was the first series between the two teams of the 2012 season.