Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels welcomed superstar rookie Bryce Harper to the big leagues last night. By drilling him. On purpose.
How do we know it was on purpose? He flat out admitted it.
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"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."Well that just about sums it up. I'm actually all for Hamels pulling a Don Drysdale. He hit him in the side or stomach, which is fine. You aim for his head and it's a different story, but there's nothing wrong with a little brush back pitching.
Of course, MLB will probably fine him a boat load.
But Harper got his revenge on the field by stealing home a few batters later. Not gonna lie, I'm developing a man crush on Harper quite quickly. Take a look at Harper stealing home before MLB takes it down because of their asinine video policy:
Uh, we're playing basketball here
When I first saw this video of a random woman stumbling onto the court in the Lakers-Nuggets game I figured she was just a drunk.
Turns out the story is even crazier. Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears says the woman, Savannah McMillan-Christmas, is actually a stalker of Kenyon Martin. Also, apparently, the worst stalker ever. She was reportedly yelling "Where's Kenyon? Where's Kenyon?" when she walked out onto the court. Well, he's in Los Angeles, since he plays for the Clippers now. Can you technically be a stalker if you don't know where the person you are stalking is?
Speaking on the NBA, let's close this out with a word from Russell Westbrook:
OK then, no more questions needed.
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