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“"But I think unfortunately the league's protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, prestigious way of baseball." Rizzo wasn't convinced or amused by Hamels' explanation, according to the Post. He was, however, equally candid. "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 (bleep-bleeping) 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 (bleeping) chicken (bleep)." Harper, who took first base without incident after being plunked, evened the score on the basepaths. He advanced to third on a single and stole home on a Hamels pick-off throw to first. In the third inning, Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann hit Hamels in the left leg with one out and a runner on first when the Phillies pitcher squared to bunt. Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher then warned both dugouts. "I wish he'd been a little bit more, what do you call it, not so honest, or dishonest, or discreet, that might be the right word," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told WIP-AM in Philadelphia on Monday. "What I saw was the next time up Hamels came up to bat they definitely retaliated, he got hit on the calf, and he could have got hurt," said Manuel, who added he hopes Hamels isn't suspended. "I like to think it was dropped right there and the rest of it will be done baseball-wise," he added. Manuel also said he thought Hamels was trying to pitch Harper inside -- and credited Harper for aggressive baserunning when he reached the basepaths. "(Hamels) was trying to throw it up and in," Manuel told the station. "(Harper) got on and he ended up scoring, he did a good piece of baserunning. He showed a lot of guts. He kind of challenged him. I kind of took that as him sending a message to us." Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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.” -- Nationals GM Mike Rizzo