All it took to give the Washington Nationals a real rival was one pitch — a well-placed 93-mph Rawlings tattoo by Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels on Sunday right into the ribs of the brash, wunderkind Bryce Harper of the Nats.
And Hamels admitted he drilled him on purpose. And in the course, gave the once-lowly expansion team Nats, who are leading the NL East, a reason to hate the formerly dominant Phillies, who are floundering in the cellar.
The reason for hitting Harper? There wasn’t one.
Except perhaps to give the 19-year-old “can’t miss” prospect who was the first overall selection in the 2010 MLB draft a lesson...