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Cole Hamels doesn't like day games. For good reason.

Oct 8, 2009, 9:28 AM EDT

Yesterday Cole Hamels was quoted as saying that it was unfair that the Phillies had the early games in the division series:

“In being the defending world champs, I think it’s kind of a little weird that we kind of get both games at 2 o’clock. I don’t think it’s fair. I definitely don’t think it’s fair for the fans because this is all about home-field advantage or just baseball in general. I understand TV ratings, but I think, at the end of the day, most players would rather play when they’re both comfortable, and that’s kind of what we’re trained at, either 1 o’clock or 7 o’clock . . .”

He’s probably right that the Phillies, as champs, are deserving of better slotting, but is this about fairness, as Hamels said, or is it about the fact that, over the course of his career, Hamels is 10-13 with 4.66 ERA in day games vs. 38-21 with a 3.27 ERA at night?

Either way, given what Cliff Lee did yesterday — and given that the Phillies set a record for attendance (and it was a rowdy crowd to boot) — I’m guessing he’s going to just bite his tongue about this going forward.  Beat the Rockies today, Cole, and you’re all but assured of nothin’ but night games.

  1. InnocentBystander - Oct 8, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    I don’t understand when else the Phillies could’ve played that wouldn’t be even MORE unfair to the other teams. Today there are 2 Pacific time zone games. Scheduling one of them at 2:00 means 10:00AM local time. Not happening.
    Yesterday there was only 1 Pacific time zone game. But the other game had the Twins. Would it have been fair to condense their time off from Tues to Wed even more? No way. That game had to be as late as possible for their sake. (I’m sure TV just understands Yanks > Phils, and probably Twins > Rockies, but still…)

  2. Ben - Oct 8, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Time zones, what are those silly things?? The answer is MONEY $$$$$. That’s what baseball is all about. The fans are there only to supply the noise; TV supplies the $$$$$. TV pays for the commishoner and his flunkies.
    The players, who are the guts of the game, are fed hokum re attendence, and of course recession(depression)and the fans are hit with a variety of gimmicks to steal their money.
    Owners are still making money, even the so-called small market teams. Not as much as they would like, but when fans stay away due to lousy teams such as the Mets, they do have to lower the prices of some of their pricier seats. Even the wealthy Yankees are doing that dance.
    Don’t delude yourselves friends, baseball has always been about the long green and I don’t mean the outfield grass. That never changes, names of players do, but their desires are always secondary to ownership. Commishes are merely paid tools of the owners. They are there mto insure that the profits are as large as can be had.

  3. Andrew - Oct 8, 2009 at 10:54 PM

    You would think Cole would remember the weather conditions during what, game 4 or 5 of the World Series last year?? It was raining by around 8:00 p.m. in Philly and they had to eventually postpone the rest of the game, but they couldn’t play the game for another day or two because of the weather. If the game had been played earlier, say around 4:00 p.m. local time, the game would have been done and over with before any rains came.

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