Hamels On Losing His Cool

hamels 1014.jpgCole Hamels
said he reacted just like any Phillies fan would have reacted.

He threw up his arms.

There is an unwritten rule in baseball about showing up teammates on the field, and when Hamels showed his frustrations after Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley could not turn an inning-ending double play in the fifth inning last night in Game 1 of the NLCS, he appeared to break that rule. Charlie Manuel said today before Game 2 that he would talk with Hamels about it. Rich Dubee had little to say, other than it would be handled internally.

“It’s not going to look good ever,” Hamels said. “Why do you allow guys to fist pump when they get out of an inning? We’re very emotional, and this game is very hard, so when you get in those situations, you make the right pitch and something actually happens and then you’re not able to come through, it’s draining. But at the same time, you see the ticker and it’s five innings, four earned runs.”

Asked before the game about Hamels throwing up his arms, Rollins said, “So?”

So it didn’t upset him? Rollins shook his head no.

“When you have a group of guys that we have here, those rules can be unwritten and rewritten and overlooked,” Jayson Werth said. “It could really bother some people and disrupt a clubhouse. But since everybody knows each other so well and we believe in each other and we’ve got such a good thing going on here, it wouldn’t necessarily be true for us. I’ve played on teams where that would have been a problem, but that’s not this team. I don’t think Cole was doing that to be malicious. He was just in the heat of the moment. I think Chase and Jimmy would overlook that because that’s a play they could make. They didn’t make it. It’s part of the game. It’s not a big deal, but I know what you’re saying because I’ve seen it be a big deal.”

Hamels said he thinks Rollins and Utley understood it happened in the heat of the moment.

“I’m so into the game. I’m a fan, too,” Hamels said. “If this game was in Philly, what do you think the crowd would have done? It’s high emotions, high intensity. You want to get things done, and I reacted just like the fans would have. But I’m supposed to be the professional and I’m not allowed to do that. I think they understand I didn’t mean anything by it. It looks better to pitch 5 1/3 and give up one run vs. four, but the ultimate goal is to win. I’ll say I’m sorry to the guys. I think we’re such a good team and good teammates that they understand the frustrations.”

I think the issue Dubee might have is not so much showing up his teammates, but the fact that Hamels has lost his focus a few times this season when things haven’t gone his way and it has hurt him. Hamels acknowledged that to be the case last night, and three pitches later Manny Ramirez hit a two-run home run. 


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WRF happened to Utley?? He just blew NOTHER DP!! Tie game not good. We’re giving it away

Incredibly, this game is looking like yeasterday’s game except that the Phils weren’t leading 5-1 when Utley threw the ball away. This is impossible to happen accidentally. Utley has never made errors on easy double plays in consecutive games in his career. Maybe the Mafia got to him.

I feel bad for Pedro because he really deserved a win today.

Happ, 1-2 on the batter, how do you walk that guy?!!!

It’s time for Shane to hit his annual NLCS homer off Broxton.

It was a long shot to take two from the team with the best home record in the NL. The Phils will need to take care of business at home. I never thought I’d write something like this but I think the Phils might have fared better with Bruntlett at second in both of these games. Who would have thought?……

The thing that hurts me the most about this loss is that Padilla looked like a Cy Young Award winner. He should still be on the Rangers, but he refused to stop gunning for opposing team’s big hitters and put his teammates at riskbeing hit by opposing pitchersin retaliation. Clearly, a character flaw landed him on the Dodgers. Obviously then, character doesn’t always win out in MLB. That’s hard to swallow…..

Well that was an experience I don’t want to repeat any time soon. Pedro A+, Ryan A, Chase F, Madson F, Happ F, Eyre F, Durban A, Park B

Charlie, ….a resounding F and a WTF ?

Guess we’ll have to get them at CBP.

Why pull Pedro after only 87 pitches? He was brilliant! I’m sure Charlie didn’t want to *over use* him, after not pitching for a couple of weeks, but it’s not like we were up several runs.
I don’t know what’s up with Chase! Yesterday’s errant throw was a little understandable, with not getting the best flip from J.Roll. Today’s was inexcusable. No need to rush. Martin was barely half way down the line.
And then there’s our ‘Pen……..

Wow, I’m pretty embarrassed to have his name in mine after that. Just a mental cramp I hope.
Overall, I think they’re in good shape though. Kuroda vs. Lee favors us, so theoretically, we should only have to win 1 more other than Game 3 or 7.
I also think they’ll start Blanton in Game 4. I’m not sure how JA will handle pitching after a meltdown like that.

And the beginning of this is sad:http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/10/odds-ends-marlins-miller-mccann-.html

I can’t believe that ANYBODY would rather have Eric ( I can’t play dead but I’m on the roster anyway) Bruntlett play second base rather than Utley just because Chase made a BAD play yesterday. Please. And the First game’s flawed DP effort was J. Rolls fault and not Utley’s. Bottom line, Hamels should not have done the hands up in the air thing BUT it didn’t bother Rollins or Werth so why should it bother a reasonably thinking fan? The errors cost dearly and so did the walk with the bases loaded (although that pitch is often called a strike in other games). BUT with ALL of THAT, the Phillies STILL have Home field advantage back. Please stop with the Negadelphia stuff. They will be fine. These guys KNOW how to win because they have done it before.

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