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Leave Cole Hamels alone

Sometimes I really hate the business I'm in.

Case in point: The hoo-ha over Cole Hamels' comments after Game 3 of the World Series.

If you missed it, Hamels said he couldn't wait for the season to be over. Any person with a reasonable point of view saw that for what it was: The disappointment of a pitcher who hasn't lived up to his own expectations and was ready to turn the page. Personally turn the page.

Cue the national media, which immediately decided Hamels' comments were defeatist and indicated that Hamels had given up on winning the World Series.

Talk about taking something totally out of context.

Look. Hamels probably could have phrased it better. But to suggest that what he said meant he was giving up on winning the World Series is ludicrous. Especially ludicrous was former Phillies' reliever Mitch Williams' comments that he wouldn't put the ball in Hamels' hand again this postseason.

Let's see now. Isn't this the same Mitch Williams who threw the gopher ball to Joe Carter of the Blue Jays to lose the World Series? Yeah, I'm really going to give a lot of credence to what he says.

Frankly, this whole thing reminds me of two years ago, when Manny Ramirez said after Cleveland took a 3-1 lead in the ALCS that if Boston lost, it wouldn't be the end of the world. He was right. It wouldn't have been. And that sort of mindset was probably why Ramirez led Boston back to win the series in seven games.

You'd think people would have remembered that, when Hamels said what he said. But, nah, of course not.

Ben Smith's blog.

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