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Ken Rosenthal: Myers-Hamels incident blown out of proportion

Nov 3, 2009, 12:33 PM EDT

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported that Cole Hamels and Brett Myers had a “tense confrontation” and “escalating situation” following last night’s game.
According to his account Myers said, “What are you doing here? I thought you quit” in response to Hamels’ previous quotes about wanting the season to be over and then Hamels “responded with an expletive.”
However, Ken Rosenthal of witnessed the incident from “maybe five feet away” and writes that he “thought Myers was joking” and “did not even consider writing about it.” Here’s more from Rosenthal:

Myers walked by Hamels’ locker as he left the clubhouse. The two are good friends and Myers is bit of a wise guy, the kind who always has something to say. He made his remark in passing, not in an in-your-face way.

Brown’s original report had Hamels being “guided away by a team official” before things got out of hand, but Rosenthal suggests that “Charlie Manuel was waiting to meet with Hamels in his office” and public-relations director Greg Casterioto “walked him there.”

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Nov 3, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    While Hamels needs a kick in the rear, Myers shouldn’t have been the one to deliver it. His record is not exactly the cleanest. Hamels is the future of the Phillies, provided he gets his head bolted on right, while it seems that few in the organization are going to miss Myers once he signs elsewhere this winter.

  2. mg - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    this makes a lot more sense.

  3. mm - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Hamels and Lidge both should be traded away.

  4. Ditto - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    He needed an escort to Manuel’s office? What’s that about? Were they afraid he would get lost?

  5. Steve Kusheloff - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    All this hating on Hamels. Tsk, tsk. Undeserved. Hamels and many of his teammates had a hard time dealing with the highs of a World Championship to the grind and occasional adversities of the regular season. That’s exactly why he said he can’t wait ’til 2009 is over. If the Phillies somehow win this World Series, you won’t see them celebrating for the next four months like last year.

  6. ohmygoodness - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:42 PM


  7. jamie - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    In Hamels we trust… In lidge we trust.. In Charlie we trust…
    The Phillies have gotten this far with theses same issues all year. These men are professional baseball players. We need have full confidence that they will make the proper adjustments.
    So, the Phillies will need to take care of business in game 6. they had pettite on the ropes in game 3, they just need to put him away.

  8. JonR - Nov 3, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Shoot, all he said was that he wished the Series was over… before Game 5… why would ANYone be pissed at that???? Dude’s a real gamer…

  9. perplexed - Nov 3, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Who is Myers to criticize anyone? Personally speaking I would take anything that a wife beater had to say with a grain of salt, especially after myers had his little temper tantrum after losing to the red sox in fenway a couple years ago

  10. John - Nov 3, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Dear Brett Meyers,
    Groucho Marx called and wants his eyebrows back.

  11. Jacob - Nov 3, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    I heard that Meyers was going to punch Hamels until he realized that Hamels wasn’t a woman.

  12. perplexed - Nov 3, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    I heard the same thing Jacob, I guess Cole doesn’t realize how lucky he is

  13. mike - Nov 3, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    As Rosenthal said, these two guys are friends and they were joking around. Unfortunately, some online dude, who knows neither of the players, wrote it up as some kind of confrontation. It is the same with other “real” journalists who did not post Hamels’ opening statement, about how he wants the opportunity to pitch in game 7. Look, Hamels is a little too California cool and he needs to focus and not worry about a blown call or missed play. Hopefully, he rebounds next season.

  14. trampslikeus - Nov 3, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    I’m always amused at those who claim a certain level of performance is necessary before someone can express an opinion. Or, as Jim Bouton put it in Ball Four, “you’re only as smart as your ERA” in baseball. Brett Myers absolutely has the right to say what he said to Hamels. Now they’re downplaying it. I don’t buy it, my instinct is he probably meant it, and it was the appropriate thing to say. And another thing, he didn’t go to a reporter and give an off-the-record quote. He said it to Hamels’ face. Good for him. Hamels was last heard whining about the start time of a game during the LCS against Colorado. He was making pissy faces at Chase Utley when he threw a ball away in that same LCS. He should just shut his pie hole and pitch like he’s capable of pitching and he’d be a lot better off. And so would the Phillies.

  15. Victoria - Nov 3, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    It was a pleasure to hear Ken Rosenthal, in his conversation with talk show host Steve Somers, take the sizzle out of that phony attempt by some media types to create a ruckus where none existed. Not only should there have been no reporting of Cole Hamels’ initial words of exasperation, there should have been no further attempts to then concoct hostility between him and a teammate. If I’ve had a long, hard term at school and now face an important exam for which I’ve studied for weeks, am I a quitter if I express how glad I will be when the term is over? Does this mean that I will not go out there and do the very best I can on that exam? These media types just want to invent an ugly episode, in order to have feature stories to build around it for days to come.

  16. Boris Brodish - Feb 4, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    You would be crazy to not checking out GDI

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