I think I once booked Torched By Dominicans at KNUP’s…but they backed out.
The Dominican team tuned up for its World Baseball Classic opener Thursday in Puerto Rico by teeing off on Cole Hamels, a three-time all-star and former World Series MVP who has no desire to add WBC MVP to his resumé.
“It’s fun to watch,” Hamels said after being torched for 12 hits and eight runs in 22/3 innings. “I know to participate in something for your country is always an honor. But I just know I’m glad . . . the only decision I have to make is whether to play or not play. And I know I wouldn’t help the team out in the position I’m always at in spring training when the [WBC] games are going on.”
...After the Dominican Republic finished with 28 hits and a 15-2 victory, Hamels was asked whether he would be more inclined to participate in the WBC if it took place in midseason, when all his tools were sharpened. Even then he was less than lukewarm about the idea.
“It’s tough,” he said. “I know my allegiance is to the Phillies and this organization winning the World Series. I think winning the World Series is a little bit more important than whatever trophy they give for the World Baseball Classic. The World Series is ultimately the goal that I would go for no matter what they are throwing out there for the champions of the World Baseball Classic.”
That’s not the patriotic answer, but if you injected truth serum into the Phillies’ front-office personnel, they probably would tell you that’s exactly how they feel, too. As a fan, ask yourself this question: Would you rather see Hamels hoist the WBC trophy or another World Series trophy?
Posted: March 06, 2013 at 04:37 AM | 21 comment(s)
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