Cole Hamels confesses to Inquirer watchdog Jim Salisbury that he came into the season unprepared, citing off-season distractions caused by his sudden superstar status. [Link]
Hamels, who missed time this spring with elbow soreness and has been rocked in his first two starts, admitted that he overbooked himself with various television and magazine appearances, the most detrimental of them occurring in January, the month he begins his regularly scheduled throwing regiment. Hamels told Salisbury that his commitments came before he signed a three-year, $20.5 million contract. He and his wife, Heidi, have also been trying to adopt a child from Malawi.
Beerleaguer: Now we know it was readiness, not injury, which was obvious if you read between the lines. He’s young, he experienced a sudden rise to fame, he fessed up, he's ashamed, and it’s over. It’s the unfortunate byproduct of winning. At a manageable 5-6, the hope is that the Phillies can now move past this. If you read Scott Lauber’s story today, Charlie Manuel has identified pockets of complacency on the roster. The Phillies, who got to this point because of hard work and selfless play, deserve the benefit of the doubt.
In other words, I’d rather be reading these reports April 21 following a championship than Sept. 21, and I’m confident this particular issue will fade quickly.