MLB Rumors: Could Phillies Pitcher Cole Hamels Have Waved Goodbye to Philadelphia Fans?

By Bryn Swartz

The most anticipated baseball game of Saturday was the pitching duel between Philadelphia Phillies left handed pitcher Cole Hamels and San Francisco Giants right handed starting pitcher Matt Cain.

Hamels and Cain are extremely similar pitchers, so similar in fact that it’s likely Hamels’ contract will be based off of what Cain received before the start of the 2012 season.

Hamels is left handed, which makes him more valuable, and he’s also a little bit better than Cain. That’s why it makes sense that he has been reportedly offered a contract extension of six years and between $142 and $144 million.

However, is it possible that Hamels just made the final start of his career in a Philadelphia uniform?

The 28-year old lefty turned in one of the strangest games of his career. He collected his first career home run, and incredibly he did it in the same inning that he allowed a home run to Cain. That made Hamels and Cain the first pitchers in 22 years to hit home runs off of each other in the same inning, according to Elias.

Hamels also threw a career-high 128 pitches, and he allowed a late 5-4 lead to slip away when he surrendered a solo home run to Giants’ outfielder Melky Cabrera in the top of the eighth inning.

He was taken out with runners on base and two outs in the eighth inning. As Hamels walked off the field to a standing ovation, he gave a wave to the crowd.

He would later say that it was a wave of “thank you” to the largest crowd in Citizens Bank Park history who came out to see him pitch, but fans can’t help but wonder if Hamels was waving goodbye.

His interview with reporters after the game didn’t give anything away either. About the possible contract extension, Hamels just said, “I think that’s just kind of up in the air with (Phillies general manager) Ruben (Amaro Jr.) and my agent just trying to work things out.”

As for his intention to sign with a winner?

“You don’t like playing for a team that loses,” Hamels said. “But & I know the atmosphere here is that they want to win and they want to win now. So that’s always the key. The organization wants to win. The fans want to win. The players want to win. So that’s ultimately what we want to stick with, and that’s kind of the decision I would look to.”

I’d like to think that the Phillies will have Hamels locked up within the next couple of days. But something about Hamels’ wave and his post-game press conference scares me. I really don’t know what to think.

Only time will tell if Hamels waved thank you or if Hamels waved goodbye. Then again, maybe he doesn’t even know yet what he’s planning to do.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for Eagles Central and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.

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