In their first match-up, Philladelphia Phillies starting pitcher welcomed the 19 year-old Washington Nationals rookie phenom, Bryce Harper to the Majors with a thud, rather than the cheers and whistles he has been recieving all across the baseball world.
With 2 outs in the 1st inning, Cole Hamels let a fastball fly – right into the small of Harper’s back.
In post game interviews, Hamels said
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.
Apparently, Hamels has taken a bit of offense to the “Nattitude” (which is WAY better than the Royals “Our Time” slogan) the youngster has exuded since being called up to “the big show” on April 28th.
Harper got the last laugh, as he stole home, after reaching 3rd on a Jason Werth single, later in the inning on a Hamels throw over to 1st base.
Hamels would ultimately get the laster (yep, that’s my word choice) laugh as the the Phillies won 9-3.
If you couldn’t tell from the title, I LOVE this! Welcome to the big leagues, kid. Now, shut your mouth and play ball! You’ll get the respect after you’ve put in your time.