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