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With respect to Cole Hamels, he’s entitled to his view of the Cubs-Brewers rivalry. Or non-rivalry, to be more precise. That’s the beauty of rivalries. They’re whatever you or I want them to be.

For instance, there was a time not that long ago when the Rangers and Blue Jays were as good a rivalry as there was in sport. One Jose Bautista bat flip — and you have to admit, Texas fans, it was a thing of beauty — in the 2015 postseason hurt some feelings.

With respect to Cole Hamels, he’s entitled to his view of the Cubs-Brewers rivalry. Or non-rivalry, to be more precise. That’s the beauty of rivalries. They’re whatever you or I want them to be.

For instance, there was a time not that long ago when the Rangers and Blue Jays were as good a rivalry as there was in sport. One Jose Bautista bat flip — and you have to admit, Texas fans, it was a thing of beauty — in the 2015 postseason hurt some feelings.

Some of us never understood why the bat flip was such a big deal. If you can’t show a little emotion at that time, when can you ever show it?

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The Rangers said it was that the bat landed a little too close to their dugout, that it was a little too in their face. OK, whatever.

Flash forward to the next season when Rangers reliever Matt Bush drilled Bautista with a 98-mph fastball. Interestingly, Texas waited until the final inning of the final game between the two teams.

And then came Bautista’s hard slide into second base, and Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor delivered an earth-shaking punch to the jaw.

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