Cole Hamels Meets Talk Radio

I’m not usually a fan of trash talk, accusations of overratedness, or discussions that center around the word “choke.” But with just about every important baseball figure on an airplane heading home from Las Vegas this afternoon, it’s a slow news day, and I thus have no choice but to wade into those waters a bit:

In an interview on WFAN today with Joe Beningo and Evan Roberts, [Cole] Hamels was promoting the Phillies’ World Series DVD when he was asked outright, “Do you think the Mets are choke artists?”

“Last year and this year I think we did believe that [they were choke artists],” he said. “Three years ago we didn’t because they smoked everybody, and I think we all thought they were going to win it all. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. But, yeah, that’s kind of what we believed and I think we’re always going to believe that until they prove us wrong.

“For the past two years they’ve been choke artists.”

We all know what’s going to happen next: the New York tabloids will go crazy tomorrow, the Mets fans and then the Mets will follow suit, Hamels will then be forced to walk back his comments a bit, and all will be forgotten until Johan Santana sends a batting practice fastball in the general direction of Hamels’ butt sometime next spring. It’s all rather silly, really.

Sure, truth is an absolute defense to a slander, but it’s still rather silly.

(link via reader Charles O.)

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  1. MooseinOhio said...

    If it looks like a fish and smells like a fish then it’s a fish.  Mets fans will need to break some serious Febreze out to take this stink away.

  2. Tim said...

    Where exactly do his comments go wrong? Did they choke in 2007? Yes. How about 2008? Yes. So what do Mets fans have to be angry about, at least when it comes to Cole? All he is doing is saying the Mets choked, which everyone knows is true.

  3. Peter H said...

    What’s ridiculous is that the Phillies have become the watchdogs of etiquette, when guys like Victorino & Rollins do just as much celebrating and dancing as Reyes does.

  4. Alex said...

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  7. aneela said...

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