“Of course he hit him on purpose!”

I was trying to hit him. I’m not going to deny it. That’s something I grew up watching, that’s kind of what happened. So I’m just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it. I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything because that’s the way baseball is. But I think unfortunately the league’s protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, prestigious way of baseball…. It’s just, `Welcome to the big leagues.’

Colbert M. Hamels.

Whoa, is it me or has there just been a lot of tough-guy posturing from Cole Hamels the last week or so? First he publicly shuns the strawberry drink he clearly wanted, now he plunks Bryce Harper then admits it — which no one ever does — in a bizarre and mostly nonsensical tirade about old-school baseball.

Which I guess makes sense, because I know when I think about contemporary players maintaining the gritty, old-school, bloody-uniform legacy of guys like Ty Cobb, Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan, the first fella that comes to mind is this guy:

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