Cole Hamels : Far More Comfortable With A Purpose Pitch Than Shawn Estes

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(above : guy who was the subject of no-hype whatsoever)

Phillies starer Shawn Estes plunked Nats rookie OF Bryce Harper in the first inning of last night’s 9-3 Philadelphia takeover of Nats Park victory, and while Harper made the highlight reel by stealing home a few minutes later, it’s Hamels’ postgame comments to the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb that will likely raise eyebrows at MLB.

“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 is gonna get points for honesty this morning, but his admission is rife with confusing doublespeak (if the strike zone is bigger in 2012, where’s his gripe?) and implications of favoritism (8 days into Harper’s big league career). It really doesn’t sound any better than simply saying, “Harper’s punk reputation preceded him…and I’m jealous.”

4 Responses to “Cole Hamels : Far More Comfortable With A Purpose Pitch Than Shawn Estes”

  1. Rog says:

    CANNOT WAIT until he steps in the batter’s box against the Nats later in the year. I will record that on the VCR for sure.

  2. glenzo says:

    Hamels got plunked in his next at bat- now *that’s* old school.

    If you want to get all double-reverse conspiracy theory, could this be the kind of jolt needed to draw attention to the Nats by Washington pedestrians (see CSTB story of a few days back)? Stealing home; really? Not sure Jeremy Lin could top that….

  3. GC says:

    Chris Russo opined earlier today that he had “no problem” with Hamels’ actions, but he couldn’t name one thing Harper’s done since promotion that warranted being thrown at deliberately.

  4. Chuck Meehan says:

    I think a brushback to Harper would have sufficed rather than drilling him in the back. Considering the respective teams current places in the standings and the Nats winning the first two games of the series, Hamels came off pretty much the same way Sidney Crosby did a few weeks back.

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