PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels joined Rob Charry and Hollis Thomas on Saturday afternoon. The Phillies’ Ace is getting set for his final start of the season when the Phillies take on the Braves in the season finale.
Hamels understands that the game might not just be his last of the season for the Phillies, but also his last game as a Phillie ever. “I do understand the situation,” Hamels said in regards to his future in Philadelphia.
“At the same time, this is where I signed to win and hopefully we can turn that around and start doing that.”
Hamels has had one of the stronger seasons for the Phillies in terms of pitchers and another hurler that you could say is having just as strong of a year is Jonathan Papelbon. The Phillies closer has had an interesting relationship with the fans and his lewd gesture that was seemingly toward them earned him a seven game suspension.
Hamels shed some light on his enigmatic teammate.
“I do know him and I think he’s a pretty up front person and pretty honest,” Hamels said of Papelbon.
“He likes to play here and just like all of us this is where you want to play the game of baseball. We come to play for the fans, for the excitement, for the crowd. He’s pretty up front and he’s pretty out there so I think knowing him he would have done a little bit more if he was really mad.”
Hamels went on to expand on his relationship with Papelbon.
“I’m one of his teammate, but I am a good friend with him and I would call him probably one of the best teammates I’ve ever played with.”
Hamels added that if people got to know Papelbon better, they would actually grow to really like him. We will see what the Phillies fans think about that.
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