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Mike Rizzo calls Cole Hamels “classless,” “gutless,” “chickens**t” and “fake tough”

May 7, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

Mike Rizzo AP

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post called Nats GM Mike Rizzo this morning. And Rizzo unloaded on Cole Hamels like a freakin’ battleship bombarding the coastline:

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo responded to Cole Hamels’ admission he drilled Bryce Harper on purpose last night in harsh terms, saying MLB should suspend Hamels and calling out Hamels as “fake tough.”

“Players take care of themselves,” Rizzo said after I called him this morning. “I’ve never seen a more classless, gutless chicken [bleep] act in my 30 years in baseball … It was a gutless chicken [bleep] [bleeping] act. That was a fake-tough act. No one has ever accused Cole Hamels of being old school.”

“Cole Hamels says he’s old school? He’s the polar opposite of old school. He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year rookie who’s eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.”

All of you people who think I was overreacting and being melodramatic about this can now stop commenting and start sending emails to the Nats.

123 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. sneschalmers - May 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Zimmerman pegged Hamels later in the game, so it’s not like Hamels got off scott-free here. Also, Harper ended up scoring after the HBP, which is especially detrimental right now considering the fact that the Phillies can barely score right now.

  2. mdc242 - May 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Natitude. What a joke.

    • evanwins - May 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      Apparently “Natitude” is crying like a little girl when you’re player gets HBP.

      I heard Harper’s mommy complained too.

  3. ame123 - May 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    So hitting a pitcher in retaliation is “gutsy”, “classy”, “chicken-umm-something”, and “real tough”

  4. klbader - May 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Cole Hamels is so old school that he leaves his glove on the pitcher’s mound between innings for the other team’s pitcher to use.

  5. eaglesw00t - May 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    30 years in the game, and never seen a player plunked on purpose?

    Lying scumbag. Your own player did it not long after.

    Who is false tough, calling a player names on a phone call to someone else. Something tells me Cole Hamels would whip your ass without much of a problem.

    • Ben - May 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      His player would have never been plunked had it not been for the stupid “Let’s plunk the newbie” attitude. And Zimmerman shouldn’t have hit him–Harper made his point.

    • ThisIsBaseball - May 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      He didn’t say he’s never seen a player plunked on purpose. He said what Hamels did was more gutless than anything else he’s ever seen before. There’s a difference.

  6. dkphilly1122 - May 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Wha wha wha. What does Rizzo do in the game besides nothing…..?? Mind your business and worry about getting real fans in your stadium. It’s pathetic he voiced his opinion about something he wasn’t involved in. I have no problem if Bryce came out and made a statement, that’s expected, not the GM who is a nobody on the field or on the actual game. Get over it Rizzo and worry about finding your fans, ones who buy tickets so you don’t have to give them away just so you have Nats fans there and not Phillies fans.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      It’s pathetic he voiced his opinion about something he wasn’t involved in. I have no problem

      The hypocrisy in this statement is delicious

      • cggarb - May 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        Awesome. Just awesome.

    • foreverchipper10 - May 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      The GM is a nobody eh? Well, judging by your handle you root for the Phils. I guess Ruben means nothing to you or the Phillies or their success over the past few years. What a joke he must be to you and your ilk.

  7. drunkenhooliganism - May 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    “chicken [bleep] [bleeping] act”

    I can’t figure it out.

    Also Mike Rizzo just sold tickets. so good for him.

    • 18thstreet - May 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      Absolutely. I’m on the side of whatever-the-opposite-of-the-Phillies-side is here, but I expect the Nats to milk this for all it’s worth.

      Getting a rivalry going (with the Phillies, or anyone else) would be very good for the franchise.

  8. thomas2727 - May 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    This rivalry just jumped up there with Cardinals/Reds & Angels/Tigers for most hate filled rivalry in MLB. It is now must see tv.

  9. heyblueyoustink - May 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Same thing, what does this clown have to say about Zimmerman? Did no one ask the followup question?

    And while I don’t think Cole is the sharpest sharpie in the pencil bag, bar fighting a couple of bikers gives you some kind of qualification on the tough-o-meter.

  10. shaggylocks - May 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    “It was a gutless chicken [bleep] [bleeping] act.”

    I love the fact that one of those bleeps is a gerund. Good looking out for your audience, Kilgore. Just because he can’t write the expletives doesn’t mean he can’t help us piece together what the bleep Rizzo was saying.

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    If Hamels’ reason for hitting Harper is because Harper is too pampered, shouldn’t Hamels be throwing at the GM, coaches or into the press box? After all, Harper is not the one doing the pampering, right?

    Hamels already said he wants to play for San Diego at a discount, so maybe he is just trying to talk his way out of Philly.

    • xmatt0926x - May 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      If he goes west he goes to the Dodgers or Angels. Im going to go out on a limb and say San Diego isn’t signing a $25 million/year check. Call me crazy.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        Hamels said he was a lifelong Padres fan and he gets mad when Padres players don’t stay with the team because they can get more money elsewhere.

        And, you’re crazy

      • ezthinking - May 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        Hamels was also the dipshit that said the Padres were letting homegroen players walk like Fred McGriff…problem was Fred wasn’t a ‘homegrown player’ rather Alomar who they traded for McGriff was.

  12. jfont1584 - May 7, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    All i read is Washington people crying a river… what happened to that “Natitude” you all had this weekend. What a joke… your organization and fans are pathetic. You guys are in first in the east, have probably the best position prospect in nearly a decade, and you STILL need to give away tickets for free to attempt to sell out your stadium.

    Hey Rizzo, how bout you stop worrying about cole hamels and start worrying about how your gonna support a franchise that has to give away tickets to get butts in the seats.

  13. dkphilly1122 - May 7, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Hamels never said he wanted to play for San Diego……let alone for a discount……he’ll sign soon enough with the Phillies.

  14. xmatt0926x - May 7, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Craig, you may not like what Hamels did but you should at least send him a thank you for making today’s job so easy for you.

  15. digitaldonnie - May 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Not sure what’s worst….fake tough or like so many posters here (Phillies fans) internet tough.

    • bravojawja - May 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      Oh yeah?! I double-dog dare you to say that to my internet username face!

      • 18thstreet - May 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        Don Drysdale and Bob Gibson used to sign their comments as “PedroGomez.”

    • aceshigh11 - May 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Everybody is a legendary tough guy on the internet. There’s nothing better than some pencil-neck on a testosterone kick threatening someone online through an anonymous handle.

      I actually saw someone post their home address online once and dare the guy he was arguing with to come there to fight him.

      • jimbo1949 - May 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        probably a dog house

      • 18thstreet - May 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        Well, let’s be clear: someone post A home address. It may have been his own.

        Funniest thing I ever saw on the Internet was someone saying Nike had found a way to recycle old sneakers to make running tracks for inner city high schools. So mail your sneakers to [address] and Nike will put them to use for poor kids. That was awesome.

  16. randygnyc - May 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    This isn’t over, by a long shot. Sorry, but you can’t sucker punch someone, without provocation, and even though the victim manages to retaliate, think this is done.

    Harper has been fastidious minding his behavior since his call up. Ham el’s had no reason to hit him. Sure, Hamels has the right to establish the inside of the zone, but that’s not what he did. And like an ignorant Crip, he admitted it to ensure he receives some sort of misguided street cred.

    And now, someone on the phillies has got to get hurt. That’s how it happens. Either hit by pitch, spikes flying knee high at 2nd base when Chase gets back, or an intentional wipeout play at the plate. It won’t necessarily happen the next series. It will happen when the situation arises and because it will be ever present on the minds of all Nationals players, FOR A LONG TIME.

  17. savocabol1 - May 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    I am sorry, but I just can’t take a guy serious who let his team go out and play a game with their team name misspelled.

  18. 18thstreet - May 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    You know what would help? If one of these teams traded for Kevin Youkilis and Josh Beckett. And paid their salaries.

    THAT would really get the rivalry going.

    • wendell7 - May 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      As a Red Sox fan, I am all for it

  19. illcomm - May 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    this wad a typical welcome to baseball pitch to the new league upincoming star. its good to have a rival n some competition. he beaned him in the back. no big deal. headshots or kneeshots would justify this reaction. this was a classic baseball welcoming of a division rival. can’t wait for the bench clearing brawl next series.

  20. plmathfoto - May 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Hamels probably has to be pretty tough, after all he’s been walking around with his hair like that for a long time, guessing he’s gotten picked on a bunch for that.

  21. coryeuc - May 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Made it to two of the weekend’s 3 games. Phils fans mocking of “Natitude” and that “pathetic franchise” that nobody loves and can never manage to fill seats was incessant. Nice to see the Philly Phaithful perpetuate their own stereotype in the comments.

  22. cur68 - May 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Hamels, whether he meant to or not, may just have sold out the Nats games for the foreseeable and Rizzo knows it. This is going to be a great rivalry now and the next series will be seriously crowded with Nats fans in both parks. Rizzo is just fanning the flames and inciting the fan base. Good marketing on his part.

  23. aceshigh11 - May 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    “Fake-tough guy”…sounds like the scene out of Goodfellas where Bats tells Tommy to get his bleepin’ shinebox.

    — “No more brushbacks, Cole.”



    • thecapedbandito - May 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM


      • aceshigh11 - May 7, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        What? You never saw Goodfellas??

      • wendell7 - May 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        you have to imagine it in Joe Pesci’s voice or it doesn’t work

  24. johnnyb1976 - May 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Rizzo should quit whining its not like he permanantly hurt the punk. Rizzo should teach his boy to be a bit more humble 8 games into his carrer or he might get more fastballs to the ribcage.

    • aceshigh11 - May 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Can you tell us exactly what Harper did to warrant getting drilled?

      He may have acted brash and cocky in the past, but ever since he was actually CALLED UP to the bigs, from what I understand, he’s been comporting himself admirably and humbly.

    • jimbo1949 - May 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      Rizzo should teach his boy to be a bit more humble 8 games into his carrer(sic)

      Do you mean he should genuflect before the Mighty Hamels? Should he walk over to the Phillies dugout and beg forgiveness for daring to play against them? Should he go up to bat without a bat because he is not worthy enough to take a swing against the mighty Phils? Or should he be humble like Hamels, who thought his position in baseball entitled him to render judgement on another player?

  25. hoopmatch - May 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    I think Ozzie Guillen might be a ventriloquist, and Rizzo is his dummy.

    • evanwins - May 7, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Well, Rizzo is a dummy so maybe you’re right about this 1st part too.

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