WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Major League Baseball handed down a five game suspension and a fine to Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels for intentionally beaning Bryce Harper on Sunday night.
Following the Phillies 9-3 win over the Washington Nationals, Hamels ‘fessed up to his actions.
“It’s just, ‘Welcome to the big leagues,’” he told reporters. “I was trying to hit him. I mean, I’m not going to deny it.”
Welcome to the big leagues, indeed. The 19-year-old Harper proceeded to steal home after being put on base.
Some Nationals fans vented their frustrations on 106.7 The Fan’s Facebook page before the suspension was handed down.
“That was a SLIME BALL HE THREW…he too is a piece of slime!!” Virginia Pierce posted.
Chris Pontani offered a more passive-agressive strike.
“Selig may fine/suspend him because he was dumb enough to admit doing it to the media,” he wrote.
Lynda Rothschild seized the opportunity to share her thought that Hamels’ actions are part of a much larger city-wide problem.
“Hamels acted like the rest of Philadelphia sports teams….animals!!!” she said.
Then there were some who take the ‘boys will be boys’ approach and chalk it up to just being part of the game.
“Anyone calling for disciplinary action can simply watch tape of the game: Hamels himself was later hit by a pitch. Harper took extra bases all night and stole home. The matter is settled. It was left on the field,” David McDaniel commented. He’s likely not a fan of Commissioner Bud Selig’s decision.
Then there was Christopher Holley who didn’t seem too concerned with the matter at all. And why would he be after this one: “Let’s go O’s, sorry Nats fans.”
What do you think? Was the suspension just or should MLB just let it be?