Hamels with shoulder surprise and more good quotes
by Scott Butler 1/29/13

Cole Hamels is great. He so does not fit in here in Philadelphia yet he so does. He doesn’t look the part, but “Welcome to the Big Leagues” is all I have to say about his toughness.

What I love even more are the glorious quotes he provides. While most guys either give you the scripted answers, say nothing, or just hide in the corner, Hamels will give you an honest answer. Most of the time it gets him in trouble. Does, “I can’t wait for it to end” ring a bell for anyone? And I’m sure his responses have created multiple coronaries for his agent. But from the prospective of a fan, it doesn’t get any better.

Hamels surprised everyone yesterday when he announced that he never had any shoulder soreness during the offseason, as reported. After they badgered him on the topic, he made his point quite clear.

"Since these are the questions that you guys are asking, I haven't really thought about anything of that sort because I haven't even picked up a paper," Hamels said. "That's the honest truth. I wasn't the one who started it. I know I feel good and I'm ready to go. That's all I can really answer because that's where it is. It's the same program, and I'm looking forward to spring training and finally getting out of the cold." 

He stopped just shy of saying, “that’s a clown question, bro.”

The questioning then moved towards his expectations for the team.

"We just have a lot to prove," Hamels said. "I think ultimately we can't take the back seat and hope that we can coast through. We really have to go after it from the very beginning and not really hope we can play catch-up. These teams now, they're a lot better, the players are a lot better in the league, and they're not going to allow you to really catch up."

Gotta love a guy who puts a target on his own back.  Hey, it worked out pretty well for Jimmy Rollins.

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