KANSAS CITY - Cole Hamels doesn't take kindly to being shown up. Yesterday, he put bat-flipping Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca on notice. "When I strike a guy out, I walk off. I don't fist pump. I don't try to show up their team," Hamels said. "You get to the major leagues, that's where you're supposed to show your class."
In Hamels' mind, Lo Duca's act Thursday in New York lacked class.
Lo Duca hit a home run to leftfield off Hamels in the sixth inning. It was the Mets' third consecutive homer. It came after the Phillies disputed a home-run call that went in the Mets' favor. All of the homers came with two outs. Lo Duca's gave the Mets the lead.
Lo Duca, 34, a 10-year veteran, posed, watched the ball fly out and flipped the bat, earning disapproval from Hamels, a 23-year-old who was starting his 36th major league game.
"It was a big moment. Maybe the excitement got the best of him. There was a lot of game left, as we saw," Hamels said, referring to the Phillies' comeback win.
Will Lo Duca pay?
"I have to be careful here," Hamels said, grinning evilly. "Let's just say, it could have been a mistake on his part."
Lo Duca did not face Hamels again Thursday, since Hamels left after the seventh. The teams meet June 29 to July 1 in Philadelphia.
As a pitcher myself...I'd love to see the pitcher's stare down hitters after they strike them out, or do some sort of glove flip/rip their shirt off and run around.
Stop staring at the ball and run to first. Nothing makes you look more like an idiot than staring it down and then ending up with a single when it hits off the wall. You've hit one before, you will hit one again....act like it.
Watching the game I noticed the bat flip immediately and was very upset about it. OK I understand you're excited, and for good reason. You've hit the 3rd HR in a row off of a great pitcher. Don't do something that blatantly stupid and arrogant. It's funny too because later in the game there was a runner on 3rd with 2 outs, Lo Duca up to bat. Jimy Williams came out to the mound (Manuel had been ejected) for what looked like a stern mound visit. I really thought he was going to pull a page from Ozzie Guillen's book and tell him to plunk Lo Duca. He didn't, but boy do I wish he did.
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