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Cole Hamels voted for Bryce Harper for the All-Star Game

Jun 25, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

Bryce Harper AP

I love a good rivalry, but sadly almost any decent rivalry these days transitions from actual bad blood to respect to a downright love-fest so damn quickly. I guess that’s human and grounded and everything, but there is some weird feeling of loss when “death to my enemy” is replaced by “a worthy effin’ adversary.”

Such is the case with Cole Hamels and Bryce Harper. Hamels is no longer interested in teaching him what is and what is not old school and is on to venerating the young lad:


Players get to vote on the All-Star bench, and due to both performance and star-power, Harper is more than worthy of the vote. Still, I’m hoping part of this is about some secret agenda on the part of Hamels to attack Harper with a folding chair in the NL Clubhouse in Kansas City next month.

Why yes, I did watch a lot of pro wrestling as a kid. Why do you ask?

  1. deathmonkey41 - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    He entered it on a paper ballot rather voting online because that’s how old schoolers do it.

  2. Kevin S. - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    You know who wouldn’t have voted for the opposition? Worf.

  3. mybrunoblog - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    For what it’s worth the All Star Game will be a heck of a lot more exciting with Bryce Harper in it. I sure hope he makes it.

  4. stairwayto7 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Harper=hype Trout= the real deal

    • Kevin S. - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Doesn’t get much more real than the best 19 year-old season since Mel Ott. You do realize that it’s entirely possible to credit both players as being absolutely incredible instead of trashing one as a “hype” product to elevate the other, right?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

        No, no I like where Stairway was going here. Now we just need to get them in a lumber jack match with the 93 Phils and the 89 Athletics teams patrolling outside of the ring.

  5. ajcardsfan - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Crap….Craig, you mentioning pro wrestling, plus the hashtag from that tweet…I’m now going to be imaging Bryce Harper saying Brother, instead of Bro, in a Hulk Hogan voice, “That’s a clown question, brother”

    • pharmerbrown - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      “To all my little Harpermaniacs, say your prayers, take your vitamins and you will never go wrong.”

      • ajcardsfan - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        If we made Harper into Hulk Hogan…could we make Trout into the Macho Man Randy Savage? Oh yeeeaahh

      • pharmerbrown - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Only if Amanda McCarthy can be Elizabeth.

  6. yahmule - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Craig is old enough to remember the true golden days of wrestling before it became a steroid bloated soap opera. John Tolos put all of MacMahon’s cartoon characters to shame.

  7. cleverbob - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Folding chairs are a legitimate medium for conflict resolution, brother.

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