Cole Hamels did not mince words: He hit Bryce Harper on purpose Sunday night.
Now, Hamels figures to pay a price for his honesty.
Hamels drilled the Washington Nationals phenom in the back with the first pitch he delivered to him Sunday night, a pitch that surely looked like it had a purpose.
After the Phillies’ 9-3 win, Hamels confirmed as much.
“I was trying to hit him. I’m not going to deny it,” Hamels told news reporters.
It was a stunning bit of candor from a starting pitcher.