His teammates call him “Hollywood” and he’s finally lived up to the nickname. Cole Hamels was the best pitcher in baseball in the postseason. He was 4-0 with an ERA of 1.80 and won the NLCS and World Series MVP and the Phillies won all five games he started in. That’s almost half of the 11 victories needed to run through the playoffs. Hamels has clearly run with the fame as he’s been on Letterman, Ellen, and most recently the cover of Sports Illustrated. Crazy thing is, he just turned 25.
I was at game 3 of the World Series and the second part of that crazy game 5, and the scene after the Phillies ended 25 years of sports futility was surreal. Hamels will now walk on water forever in Philly. They love the ice in his veins in big games and the cockiness to call the Mets “choke artists”in an interview with WFAN in the off-season.
Cole Hamels joined Howard Eskin on WIP in Philadelphia on Friday. Hamels has tasted the celebrity life, but baseball comes first:
“My ultimate goal and the choices I want to make are to be the best baseball player. I know you can be the extra added little celebrity type situations you go through, but you really need to cut them down and make sure you get your baseball time in first and foremost. That’s the most important, that’s the reason why you get the extras bonuses, the attention.”
On why the Mets are thought of as “chokers”:
“The word choke means you weren’t able to fully come through when you were supposed to. I think the Mets had the top teams, they pretty much had the championships in the bag and they weren’t able to come through. A lot of guys will perceive them as choking in the end and not ,fulfilling their end of the bargain because they should have taken it. You know what, it really does show the strength and hard work and I guess the deep down guts that we have to take it away from them.”
Eskin thinks Hamels calling the Mets “chokers” was WFAN putting words in his mouth:
“I wouldn’t have thought of it myself. I like to do most of my playing out on the field and I don’t need to be mentioned in the media or trying to attack someone because that’s not the person I am. I’ll attack you when I’m out on the mound.”