Thursday, October 23, 2008
YOUNG KING COLE!
I know it's sexier to watch hitters smack the ball around in the post season... but for me there is nothing that tops a pitcher that takes the playoffs on his back and yells "Follow me!"
That's what Cole Hamels is doing right now.
I mean the guy has 4 starts this October... he's 4-0 with a 1.55 ERA, he is throwing a little bit over 7 innings per start, has struck out 27 in 29 innings...
And he is one win away from cementing a legacy.
Maybe its early for Hall of Fame talk, but coming up big in October relatively early in their career meant pitchers like Ron Guidry, Fernando Valenzuela, Bret Saberhagen, John Smoltz, Josh Beckett and Frank Viola all got the "Big Game Pitcher" label.
And if he compiles some big career numbers to go with it, he can sit as pretty as Old King Cole for his call to Cooperstown.
Just make sure there's nothing illegal in that pipe and his bowl while he calls for his Fiddlers Three