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.
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click any of the links on the right hand side, then when the player loads, you can see it. "should be mets 3 straight homers"
hamels DEFINITELY has a right to be peeved at loduca. i was surprised he didnt get plunked in that game.