Responding to Cole Hamels admission of intentionally hitting Bryce Harper last night (something that has happened in baseball for, oh, 125 years), Nats general manager Mike Rizzo had this to say to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:
“Players take care of themselves,” Rizzo said after I called him this morning. “I’ve been I’ve never seen a more classes, gutless chicken [bleep] act in my 30 years in baseball.
“Cole Hamels says he’s old school? He’s the polar opposite of old school. He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going it intimidate us after hitting our 19-year rookie 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.”
Wow. Of course, an inning after Hamels hit Harper, Jordan Zimmerman retaliated by hitting Cole.
Now, ladies and gentleman, we have a rivalry. Your move, Ruben Amaro's swinging dick.