Yeah, so I think maybe Bill Hall and Cole Hamels need to form a sharing circle somewhere and talk about their feelings. Because there is a little bit of dissonance in their relationship. The two players had a bit of a confrontation in the second inning of the Phillies Grapefruit League game against the Astros today. Nothing major. Just your typical baseball barking. Hamels didn't like that Hall stepped out of the box twice, so he reacted with a wave of the glove, then threw a brush-back pitch.
Hall didn't like that Hamels brushed him back, and he started yelling and gesturing at the pitcher. Order was restored quickly. Both dugouts looked on in mild amusement. The umpire warned both benches. Play resumed.
So afterwards, Cole Hamels laughed off the situation as just one of those baseball-boys-will-be-boys type things.
"Ah, it's nothing," Hamels said. "He's a good guy. Just trying to get the game going. No hard feelings.
"It's one of those things I don't want to speak about. It's just kind of baseball. I don't know him personally, but I do know he is a good guy. It's just kind of something that just kind of happens that gets the game going."
Hamels sounded very sincere, like he didn't think the interplay was a big deal at all. Sometimes, players will say these type of things while winking at you, making it obvious they are saying the politically correct thing. But Hamels really seems to genuinely think Hall is a good guy.
Well, Hall had a different point of view when he was interviewed by the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine later on:
"I don't know if he was mad because he gave up a homer (to Carlos Lee in the previous at-bat) or if he was mad because the umpire gave me time," Hall told the Chronicle. "But I'm not going to let him speed-pitch me. Obviously, he threw a pitch in, and I'm not going to let him disrespect me either. He kind of said something that I didn't like too much. It's over with.
"He's definitely a marked man for me now, so when I do some damage off him, I'm going to let him know I did some damage off him. I can guarantee that.
"I don't feel like I do a lot of things to have pitchers mad at me for doing things on the field. I feel like I play the game the right way. But if you disrespect me, I'm going to do my best to disrespect you back. Obviously not in a way to disrespect the game, but obviously I'm going to let him know when I face him."
Somewhere, Dr. Phil's ears are ringing.