Hamels in Game 7? Got to Win Game 6 First.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for hamels 0604.jpgIf the Phillies win Game 6, who pitches Game 7?

I think it is going to be Cole Hamels, but with a very short leash.

Hamels talked at length last night about his comments after Game 3 that he couldn’t wait for the season to end. It was a terrible thing to say, but his comments also were taken out of context. He initially was asked if he would like to pitch Game 7, considering how things fell apart for him. He said he would. He said he wanted redemption, and that he hoped everybody would have faith in him that he could do the job. Then Hamels got asked what he would think if he did not get a chance to pitch again this season. That is when he said he couldn’t wait for the season to end. Like I said, a terrible choice of words, but he wasn’t saying, “Gee, I can’t wait to book a trip to Mexico.”

Hamels said he spoke with Charlie Manuel before Game 5 to explain himself.

“I didn’t even know what I said or put out there,” Hamels said. “It was not what I was thinking. Sometimes you talk and you try to be as honest as possible and connect to people and you say things you didn’t really mean. I would never be here if I ever quit on anything. If I was ever too tired not to go through with any decision I would not be standing here.

“I think Charlie knows me. I think he’s managed me for quite a few years. I think the only doubt it left in people’s minds is the fans. That hurts because I love the city of Philadelphia. I play as hard as I possibly can. … I wasn’t able to sleep for the past couple nights because of that. … I’ll never ever quit. I want to play this game until somebody takes it away from me.”

A report last night that Brett Myers and Hamels had a heated exchange has been refuted by a Phillies official and a media member present when it happened. (Myers couldn’t immediately be reached to comment.) Myers walked past Hamels and said, “What are you doing here? I thought you quit?” An important note: Myers and Hamels are friends. It seems to be a case of a bad joke at a bad time because when Hamels responded with an expletive, some took this as the two sniping at each other other.

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9 Comments

I was actually under the impression after the post-game conference that Manuel might go with Lee on short rest for a possible Game 7. Lee volunteered and Manuel seemed to indicate that it was possible. Why not try it? If Lee gets into trouble, then try Hamels or Happ. But ya know, I am not the manager ;O)

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I figured the Myers thing was friendly cut-up. But still, this is all definitely in Cole’s head.
Get some sleep, Cole. You have all offseason.

Hey f-i-j, give it rest about game 7. Game 6 is the only one on anybody’s radar.

Good to see the other guys ribbing Cole over his comments and that he can give back. hopefuly it is as he said, and it’s just a stupid comment taken out of context. That said, I don’t want him pitching game 7. Give it to Happ, or to Myers and teh bullpen with Lee pitching right after Myers. Hamels of ’09 isn’t playoff material

Nothing we can do about game 6 except hope and pray. Pedro is the obvious choice and either they will hot or not. I am confident that they will force game 7

The Myers-Hamels “dustup” is getting a lot of play, but I took it as good natured byplay in a clubhouse . Just breaking b–lls a little. (not that I want to see Hamels anymore, between new baby, new house, his head seems to be everywhere but in S. Philly).
More disturbing is the way Fox commented on it last night, without any explanation that it was out of context. Ken Rosenthal and Fox showed what the definition of a media ***** is in all it’s glory.

I still remember Cole and Brett hanging together during on the parade float last October…so, not a stretch at all to think Myers would dig him whenever given the opportunity. Would love to have heard the digs Brett got from his teammates after “falling out of his car” earlier this year.

I think it would be a mistake to underestimate Cole Hamels at this point — I think he has the capacity to dig deeper and go further and I like the way Charlie manages his guys…every single one of them. These guys are Champions and will continue to play with the heart, soul and guts that got them there in the first place.

I’m looking forward to Ryan’s bat waking up in NY and Pedro giving Jayson Stark at least a chapter or two to write about in his next book. I have loved watching these guys all season and think we have the most blessed franchise in all of baseball. Thanks, Zo, for the blog and to all the regulars who keep it so much fun to read.

Got this in my email this morning, and thought I would pass it along….

ObviousLEE we don’t have to CHASE the pennant any MOYER but we still have to figure out HOWARD going to bring another one home. We have to keep ROLLINS up the STAIRS because its WERTH yelling with our hands in the EYRE and hanging off the LIDGE because it will all end in a VICTORINO in 2009. If they follow the MANUEL the PHILLIES fans will be HAPPy and we will RAAAUUUUULLLL!…….

jensenohana, interesting post.

thanks, erichh1. love being a phan…and Chase Utley–you indeed are the man! Loved hearing “High Hopes” in the background last night during the post-game interview on FOX…sure wish I was watching our guys cover it.

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