Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that Philadelphia Phillies hurler Cole Hamels hitting Bryce Harper with a pitch on purpose in last night's game was the most gutless act he's seen in his 30-year baseball career, according to the Washington Post.
“I’ve never seen a more classes, gutless chicken [bleep] act in my 30 years in baseball," Rizzo told the Post.
“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.”
“He thinks he’s sending a message to us of being a tough guy. He’s sending the polar opposite message. He says he’s being honest, well, I’m being honest. It was a gutless chicken [bleep] [bleeping] act. That was a fake-tough act. No one has ever accused Cole Hamels of being old school.”
“This goes beyond rivalry and all that stuff,” Rizzo said. “This points to, you take the youngest guiy in baseball. He’s never done a thing. And then Hamels patted himself on the back. Harper’s old school. Hitting him on the back, that ain’t old school. That’s [bleeping] chicken [bleep].”
Rizzo also told the Post that he believes Major League Baseball should suspend Hamels at least one start.
Hamels told reporters following yesterday's win over the Nationals that he had intended to strike Harper in the back with the pitch
. Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann later hit Hamels in the leg with a pitch when he came up to bat.