Cole Hamels Isn’t the Biggest Ryne Sandberg Fan Either

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Being a Phillie right now, like being a Phillies fan, is pretty frustrating. It’s a form of baseball existentialism, when you’ve been eliminated from contention but still have thirty games to play and you ask yourself “What is it all for?” So when you’re Cole Hamels and you feel like you’ve pitched a solid game, haven’t thrown that many pitches, and can still get yourself out of a jam, it makes sense you might be a little peeved at the manager because really, why does this all matter anyway? According to Jim Salisbury:

Cole Hamels appeared none too happy with Sandberg’s decision to remove him from Tuesday night’s game after giving up a game-tying home run (on his 84th pitch) to lead off the eighth inning.

The Phillies went on to rally for a run in the bottom of the inning to beat the Washington Nationals, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park …

“Um, I just think it was a good game and we were able to win,” said Hamels as he pointedly dodged a question about why he was so visibly upset upon leaving the game …

A moment later, a reporter asked for clarification on the answer to a previous question.

The reporter asked: Were you mad at yourself or at the manager for taking you out?

Once again, Hamels issued a calculated non-answer.

“It was a good game that we won today,” Hamels said. “See you guys.”

Hamels has company, and it’s not particularly good company. But you can’t blame him here. Part of being a pitcher is bitching a little bit when you’re pulled from the game, even if the situation (tie or losing) is totally your fault. And when the guy doing the pulling isn’t someone you — or many others — totally believe in, and the season means nothing, it has to be incredibly frustrating. One thing is for sure though, Cole’s gotten much better at the passive-agressive thing. “It was a good game that we won today… see you guys”? Thats an A+, even when graded on Cole’s passive-agressive curve.


8 Responses

  1. I think the criticism is off base here. Would you rather him want to stay in there and keep battling, or would you prefer his statement a few years ago when he said he couldn’t wait for the season to be over?

    1. Agreed. You want your pitcher to be a competitor and to want to stay in the game. And Hamels has thrown a ton of bullets over the last few years. With nothing at stake, I have no problem with Sandberg’s decision.

  2. Not a fan of Hamel’s demeanor sometimes, but there was no reason for the hook. Yes, he gave up the lead, but with the way he’s pitched this year, he deserved to stay in. Almost looks like Ryno was ticked off at losing the lead, so he yanked him.

  3. There’s no issue with his answer…in fact its perfect. Has respect for his manager while still being a competitor.

  4. Sandberg should’ve confronted Hamels for showing him up much like how Charlie Manuel confronted Brett Myers years earlier for doing the exact same thing.

  5. Cole Hamels has the cachet to get angry with his manager. Uhh Kyle Kendrick and David Buchanan need to hand the ball to the manager and walk off the field. If I were Ryne Sandberg KK would be sitting in the bullpen finishing out his way too long overextended Phillie career as the mop up man.

  6. If he had left him in and Cole got lit up, everyone would be on his case for not pulling him.

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