Well it had to be just a matter of time before Cole Hamels adorned the cover of Sports Illustrated. It is funny how they put him on the cover after the swimsuit edition, apparently the models didn’t wanna have to follow this act (can you blame them). My favorite part of the article has to be the in depth look at the fight in which he broke his hand:
However, an incident at a Clearwater bar called Razzel’s Lounge almost sidelined his career before it started. At Razzel’s, four quarters will buy you two tablets identified by the handwritten sign on the men’s-room vending machine as MAX AROUSE SEX STIMULENT (sic). There’s cold Jägermeister on tap, and the SMOKING PERMITTED signs on the front doors serve as more of an enticement than a warning. In short, Razzel’s, which is located in a strip mall across a side street from the original Hooters restaurant, is not the kind of establishment the Phillies like their players to frequent. In fact the organization has for years assessed a $500 fine to any minor leaguer whose car is spotted in the parking lot.
It was in that lot, however, that Hamels broke his pitching hand in January 2005, during a brawl between a handful of minor leaguers and a few Clearwater residents. One of the latter, a young man named T.J. Ferrol, hit on the girlfriend of Edward Buzachero, a member of the Blue Jays organization. The groups exchanged insults and eventually punches; in the end a friend of Ferrol’s was thrown into a nearby lake and Ferrol himself was stomped on and kicked in the face. He was hospitalized and received eight stitches beneath his left eye. “I swear there were eight guys beating me up,” says Ferrol, who is now 27 and works in customer service at the Men’s Wearhouse in Clearwater, “but maybe with all the punches it just felt like eight.”
What felt like 8 men punching him turned out to be just 1 Cole Hamels.
* I wrote yesterday that Carlos Carrasco would be participating in the World Baseball Classic for Venzuela and that might not give the Phillies the greatest look at him in camp this spring. Turns out he is passing on the WBC to increase his chances on getting the 5th spot in the rotation.
Carrasco is so focused, eager and ready to compete in the Grapefruit League that he declined to represent his home country in next month’s World Baseball Classic.
“I talked this morning with (general manager) Ruben Amaro Jr. and he asked me,” Carrasco said. “I said, ‘No, I’m staying here to compete for the fifth spot.’”
I think this is good news and I look forward to seeing a lot of him this spring.
* World Fucking Champion closer Brad Lidge thanked all his fellow bullpen mates and catchers with a Rolex time piece with their name, number, and World Champions engraved into it.
The watch was a Rolex. All the catchers got one, too. Carlos Ruiz said is it was engraved with the players’ name, number and position along with “World Champs.”
A nice gesture by a player we already knew had plenty of class.
Just another reason Brad Lidge is the fucking man.
* Also Charlie had a couple things to say about Geoff Jenkins and steroids in baseball that were pretty hilarious. I especially enjoy what he had to say about Geoff Jenkins getting a starting job this year:
“If you want playing time, take it away from somebody,” Charlie said. “You can do that by hitting the ball.”
Could you explain it any better then that? Also he had this to say on the played out annoying steroid bullshit and Gay-Rod, I am so sick of this shit but I’ll post it anyway because I like how Manuel handled it:
Charlie was asked what he thought about Alex Rodriguez’s admission to taking performance enhancing drugs, he said, “Not a whole lot, I have my own problems.”
He did add: “I want them to clean baseball up – I’m not talking about one individual.”
All of this and more can be found more in depth in Leslie Gudel’s article here.