Baseball is America’s game, and my favorite. This past weekend Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels plunked a batter. Ho hum. But the guy he hit was Washington Nationals rookie phenom Bryce Harper, who went to first base as usual. Then it got interesting. A bit later Harper stole home, which is quite a feat, and one reason the Nationals signed him at the age of 17 for $10 million. Yep. He’s a future star. Two innings later the Nationals pitcher plunked Hamels. A little retaliation, which is baseball as usual.
Then it got interesting. After the game Hamels was asked about the pitch that plunked Harper. Hamels then astounded the nation. He didn’t say, “It got away from me,” and “I was just trying to defend the plate,” and “I have a sore finger,” or “I slipped during my delivery.” None of that. He told the truth. “I was trying to hit him,” Hamels said. Holy Moly! Doesn’t he understand that a pitcher NEVER says that. NEVER EVER. Predictably, Hamel was suspended for five games. And Nationals GM Mike Rizzo called Hamel “gutless.” Ha. So Rizzo got fined an undisclosed amount.
Baseball players telling the truth! What if politicians start doing it? Celebrities? Teenagers? Husbands? Wives? Employees? CEOs? Doesn’t Hamel understand he is a role model for the rest of us? What was he trying to do–ignite a revolution? The press almost melted down when they heard Hamel’s explanation. The foundations of our society cracked then and there. Fortunately for us, the political scrum is in full swing, and enough lies have been told the last few days to repair Hamel’s damage.
We Americans are blessed that we have this game, and players like Cole Hamels and Bryce Harper and gruff buffoons like Rizzo. Let’s play ball!