Imagine if Cole Hamels lost control of his pitch and it hit Bryce Harper in the head instead of the small of his back in the game between the Phillies and Nationals on Sunday night.
Imagine if Bryce Harper got a concussion from this that ended his career.
Imagine how much trouble Hamels would be in now in the court of public opinion and in the court of Major League Baseball.
What a dopey decision.
Imagine if Harper, miffed at being stung by a 90 mile an hour pitch on purpose, charged the mound and went after Hamels. I bet Harper would have whipped him.
We all make stupid decisions. I've made plenty. Hamels made a shallow, brainless one by deciding for no reason to bean ball the talented rookie just called up from the Minor Leagues. Why hit the guy just to "send a message" that "hey, I'm Cole Hamels, a star pitcher, and I want you to know I don't think you're such hot stuff and I want to intimidate you before you think you can take over the professional baseball world."
It wasn't his place to send this message. No one was pushing Hamels to do it. He just did it. I guess he thinks he's a hot shot pitcher and has the street cred in the league to be a guy who purposely decides to plug a guy unprovoked. Now he's a chump around the league.
The fact that he admitted he was trying to hit him compounded the ding dong decision. He was, in effect, acknowledging that he was trying to hurt the guy, set him back. Sound familiar? The New Orleans Saints have been crucified recently for being caught paying their own players to hurt opposing players. Is what Hamels did any different? No one, apparently, paid Hamels to stick it to Harper. But he still could have really hurt the guy for no reason other than perhaps his jealousy of Harper's natural talents and future promise.
Cool guy, Cole. You deserve a lot more than a five game suspension. I would have given you 25.