Cliff Lee was Cole Hamels mentor?

6a01348829760c970c017d3c605b89970cFile this one under “Who writes this stuff?”

ESPN had a column up today about Cole Hamels pitching in Game 5 tonight for the Rangers. The article was discussing why the Rangers have faith in him. It leads off with:

Cliff Lee, the man who pitched the Texas Rangers to their first World Series appearance in 2010, served as Cole Hamels’ mentor with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Lee, six years older than Hamels, shared his secrets of routine, preparation and performance after he signed with Philadelphia as a free agent in 2011. This is among the reasons the Rangers have no fear of Wednesday’s Game 5 of the American League Division Series

Okay. Even leaving out the obvious fact that 2011 was Cliff Lee’s 2nd go-around as a teammate of Mr. Hamels, you are still left with the fact that Cole Hamels had 6 post seasons starts before he was ever in the same rotation as Cliff Lee, and was 4-1 with 2.16 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. And had been named both NLCS and World Series MVP.

I figured surely this guy had some new angle he was going to share – like Hamels was giving Lee credit, or Lee had recently made a comment, or something. Nope, that blurb was the only mention of Cliff Lee. So I guess all of Hamels quality starts were just the warmup for learning the real secret sauce. And then going 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA after learning it.

In other news, Jimmy Rollins has taught Yasiel Puig how to pimp a Home Run

8 thoughts on “Cliff Lee was Cole Hamels mentor?

  1. Holy crap!!! I am emotionally drained after that game, what a rollercoaster ride!

    Appropriately, the two longest tenured players — Edwin and Jose — brought the thunder, the defensive wizards — Goins, Donaldson and Pillar — flashed the leather, and the three young guns — Stroman, Sanchez and Osuna — handled the pitching with a maturity way beyond their combined 67 years.

    Just…. wow!

    And that stupid crap after the strange play that Odor scored on… that is what you get when you combine a tense do-or-die game, passionate fans… and alcohol. Not to excuse the idiocy, but I defy anyone to tell me that none of their fans would react the same way in the same circumstance.

    And what the hell happened to the Rangers’ defense in the 7th? Three errors in three at-bats? That’s gotta be some kind of record… the kind you don’t want to own.

    I need to take a Valium or something to get to sleep tonight…


    1. Probably will be one of the most famous innings ever – when you take in the entirety of it. It just seemed like it was one WTF thing after another – and not just on the field either. Never seen anything like it


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