Rivarlies in sports have to, absolutely must, be two-way relationships.
So, Cole Hamels happily acknowledges he plunked Bryce Harper on purpose, saying "I'm not going to deny it" and "I'm just trying to continue the old baseball."
Usually when a pitcher hits a batter in Major League Baseball, he explains it as a pitch that got away. It is not often a professional hurler admits he hit a guy on purpose.
This was the night they should have been talking about Bryce Harper's hustle, culminating in the first steal of home plate by a teenager in nearly five decades.