"...If you're such a Phillies fan, why are you spending so much time on the Nats forum? Just wondering'..."
-- Again, you're assuming facts not in evidence, which based on your posts in this thread is something you like to do a lot. I'm a baseball fan first. And I've watched enough baseball and am familiar enough with Bryce Harper to know that it was only a matter of time before he got thrown at.
I AM a little surprised that Hamels was the guy to do it though, because it's really out of character for Hamels to do something like that. Which is what makes me think there was some grander scheme behind it.
THAT was an awesome response, wasn't it???
Gotta love Harper's attitude, energy, and instincts. To say nothing of his talent.
I missed the first two innings and could not get radio reception trying to get home. Surprised that Hamels would throw at Harper and then admit it. Zimmerman will probably get more of a fine because of retaliation.
Brush backs and throwing inside go with the game. If they get hit, it happens. I'm disappointed at the sportsmanship displayed by Hamels.
Harper is young and has high energy. He is playing like Rose did when he came up in '63. We thought he was a hot dog, but come to see he was playing hard and to the best of his ability. Harper has those qualities. He hasn't done a Nijer Morgan deal, no acting like a nut with umps or his managers or players. He is just playing hard to be accepted and help the Nat's win is how I see it.
Maybe I'm wrong but seems like you are disappointed with the Phillies. Maybe you need to consider a change on team affiliation.
>>"Established major league pitchers have been throwing at brash young players since the beginning of time."
Yes, and it's wrong every single time. If a pitcher wants to put a young hitter in his place, then strike him out. Hitting Harper tells me that Hamels knows Harper will beat him and is afraid of him. His steal of home and his 2 for 3 night (with a double) suggests that he's right. Harper dominated Hamels.