From ESPN (http://espn.go.com/m...-not-old-school) :
Hamels' first pitch to the 19-year-old Harper, with two out in the bottom of the first inning, landed in the small of Harper's back. After the game, he matter-of-factly admitted that he hit Harper on purpose, claiming he was trying to bring back "old-school" baseball.
"I was trying to hit him," the Philadelphia left-hander said after the Phillies' 9-3 win. "I'm not going to deny it."
Major League Baseball rewarded Hamels' candor by suspending him Monday for five games.
"That's something I grew up watching, that's kind of what happened. So I'm just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it," Hamels said Sunday. "I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn't say anything because that's the way baseball is.
Bitch please. It isn't old school to bean a guy for no reason whatsoever. Harper had done NOTHING to warrant getting hit.. if he had stared someone down, tried to show someone up, etc.. sure, completely understandable and acceptable.. but Hamels only reasoning was he was a rookie and he wanted to send him a message welcoming him to the bigs.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said it best:
"Cole Hamels says he's old school? He's the polar opposite of old school. He's fake tough," Rizzo said, according to the report. "He thinks he's going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year-old 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 sh*t act," Rizzo added, according to the report. "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 added. "This points to, you take the youngest guy 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 fuging chicken sh*t."
-Hamels is a try hard wanna be badass
-Harper is a boss who handled it perfectly
-Nationals > Phillies