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Myers calls out Hamels: 'I thought you quit'

Nov 3, 2009, 2:04 AM EDT

hamels-091102.standard[1].jpgPhillies pitcher Cole Hamels dropped a rather shocking quote after pitching poorly in a loss to the Yankees in Game 3, saying he couldn’t “wait for it to end. It’s been mentally draining. At year’s end, you just can’t wait for a fresh start.”

His comments stunned manager Charlie Manuel, who said he “didn’t understand it”, and apparently didn’t sit well with at least one of his teammates, leading to a confrontation after Game 5 (via Yahoo!):

Phillies pitchers Brett Myers and Cole Hamels had a short but tense confrontation in the team’s clubhouse following Game 5 of the World Series, according to one witness, words that stemmed from Hamels’ recent statement that he was eager for his season to end.
As Myers walked past Hamels near Hamels’ locker he said, mocking, “What are you doing here? I thought you quit.”

According to the report, Hamels responded with a word you can’t print in a family baseball blog, and then was led away by a team official before things could get out of hand.

If Myers is willing to call out Hamels in the locker room, you have to wonder if there are others on the team thinking along the same lines. As if the Phillies don’t have enough problems in trying to take two from the Yankees in the Bronx, now they have a potential clubhouse rift.

On top of everything else, if the Phillies manage to take Game 6 behind Pedro Martinez, Hamels is on schedule to start Game 7. Do Manuel and company really want to put a guy out there in that situation who might not be mentally ready to go?

To Hamels’ credit, he clarified his comments on Monday, essentially admitting he was dumb, and that he had lost sleep over the mini-controversy.

“I went to Charlie just to talk to him because that’s who I am, and I think he understands that,” Hamels said. “I just wanted to tell him my true thoughts – that I’ll never ever quit. I want to play this game until somebody takes it away from me.

He’ll never quit. No matter how badly he wants the season to be over. Stay tuned for a potential Game 7. Things could get interesting.

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  1. Mo Green - Nov 3, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    Brett Myers? You mean the guy who was arrested for punching his wife in the face outside of Fenway Park? The guy who pulled the most mean-spirited practical “joke” I’ve ever seen in my life on hayseed Kyle Kendrick, convincing him he’d been traded to Japan? The same Brett Myers who tried to knock out the Phillies’ beat reporter Sam Carchidi in 2007 while screaming he was a “retard”? The same Brett Myers who just injured his eye and claimed it happened during a game of catch with his 4-year-old son, then changed his story to say he fell out of a moving truck?
    Oh good, just wanted to make sure we were talking about the same guy. Sure, lets use him as the litmus test for the Phillies clubhouse.

  2. Lucky K - Nov 3, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    What a piece of crap. We all know what Hamels meant with his statements. He has had a long year, especially following a season where he was NLCS and WORLD SERIES MVP!!!!! You’re welcome for your ring Meyers!!

  3. skip h - Nov 3, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Hamels, even on a bad day, is better than Myers ever was. Now if Utley, or Victorino, or someone like that, called out Hamels, this would be a story. Myers is a loser.

  4. Jack - Nov 3, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Myers is right. Baseball is a mental sport and once you lose your confidence, you slump. Hammels has not been mentally tough this year at all. The guys in the clubhouse know it, Myers just got caught saying what everybody else is thinking. Bad Karma when Hammels takes the mound.

  5. r thomas - Nov 3, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Say what you like Hamels, it’s gonna be the Yankees in six games!

  6. Eurocom - Nov 3, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Myers has about 3 days left in his Phillie career and is the least popular guy in the clubhouse. Also, he might want to thank Cole Hamels for the huge ring he now possesses.

  7. Fecteau - Nov 3, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    LOL That’s hilarious! Myers is definitely a stand up guy. Cole has every right to be tired. Anyone who has to face the Yankees in the World Series is going to be tired. Fairly tought to have all that weight as a 25 year old.. What is this, his 4th year?

  8. Kev - Nov 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    I’ll be honest here, Brett Myers just said to Cole’s face what the entire freakin’ city’s been saying since that post-game 3 interview.
    On the other hand, who the hell is Brett Myers? A total has-been, that’s who. Oh well, at least you get your parting shots when you can, right? Glad someone called Cole out on his attitude, though.

  9. Mo Green - Nov 3, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Brett Myers is a gorilla in a man-suit, a bully, a jackass, and a moron. Charlie Manuel and many other Phillies have spoken with Hamels, they just didn’t do it in a grandstanding, bullying way in front of reporters.
    Hamels spoke out of turn, from the heart, out of frustration. He knows he messed up.
    Be proud Philly phans, Kev here says Brett Myers speaks for all of you.

  10. Todd - Nov 3, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    This is just a case of the media trying to make something out of not much. Cole has had a rough year no doubt. Not dismal but certainly no comparison to his 2008 MVP season. ALL he was saying is that he is ready to put 2009 behind him and straighten things out and move on. Was his timing poor, probably so. If called on in game 7 will he go out and give 100%? You bet. He’s a professional and a competitor so he’s not going to roll over and quit. As for Myers as a Phil’s fan I’ll be glad to see someone of his character walk out the door and not return. Couldn’t agree with you more Mo Green!!

  11. Phils in 7 - Nov 3, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    People, Myers was just trying to motivate Cole, send a bug up his a$$ so maybe he’ll bear down and revert back to the pitcher he was this time last year. That’s all.

  12. Philfan - Nov 3, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Hamels is a cry baby who should never touch the mound again. Being mentally ready for a game is just as important as being physically ready. Phils should make room for a lefty that actually wants to be there.
    Hamels is gonna give us a sloppy game, and we’ll have him to thank for the lack of parade this year.
    He’s a schmuck.

  13. Mo Green - Nov 3, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    That’s the schmuck who went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in the playoffs last year, your World Series MVP. You’re obviously one of the Philly idiots who threw batteries at Santa Claus. Sit down and shut up.

  14. Sven - Nov 3, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Threw batteries at Santa Claus? Please get your facts straight. We threw batteries at the Easter Bunny. Santa was tarred and feathered.

  15. justquitnow - Nov 3, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    obviously no one checked their facts on the story…to help with all the dopes on the board and the story author, here it is in plain English…
    crawl back under your rocks..

  16. Antonio Fernandez - Nov 3, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Pitcher Coll
    I don’t believe that the pitcher meant that he wanted to loose that game
    Put yourself in his position, I’ve been there I start to play golf and perhaps at the first tee I goof a shot or shank as we call it or perhaps the approach shot was not played as it should then and only then I wish I had had a second chance, and this is what I believe he meant
    I say Manuel go ahead and put him in to picch as you plan he will do very well

  17. robbie - Nov 3, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Looks like this may be an overblown controversy taken out of context, as per this philly blog:

  18. Trinity - Nov 3, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    They’re both wrong. Hamels is wrong for saying something like that – who cares if he didn’t mean it the way it “sounded”? He said it. It’s out there. And he is making himself look bad, not the team. But what they don’t need right now is all of this. They need someone mentally here THIS YEAR. Not looking forward to next year already. Season’s not over yet! We saw that last night.
    Brett Myers said what he said and everybody’s thinking it. The whole city of Philadelphia, the true fans, and probably the entire clubhouse. Hell, even Charlie Manuel was confused by Hamels’ statement. Who cares if he’s not the best player in the world – someone needed to say something. There may have been other things said, but this one was caught by press.
    And seriously, who cares about the Easter Bunny right now? Philly’s harsh. Grow some balls.

  19. Connie Watson - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Yeah really! Brett needs to talk. Cole has done so much more for the Phillies then he will ever do. I don’t believe that Cole wants to leave Philadelphia. The Phillies seem like they are like brothers. Brett needs to leave things alone! Yes Cole maybe should have choosen another way of saying what he did but he didn’t. Things will blow over. Brett and Cole how about you put all of that energy into game six and bring the city another World Championship?

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