Thursday, July 26, 2012

2008 Upper Deck Goudey #144 Cole Hamels

And suddenly, it's fun to be a Phillies fan again.

Yesterday, Cole Hamels signed a six-year, $144 million contract extension, which should keep him with the Phillies through at least the 2018 season.  Depending on a few options in place, the contract could keep Hamels with the Phils through 2019.  It's the largest contract in the history of Philadelphia sports, and it's the second largest contract for a pitcher in baseball, behind what the Yankees gave CC Sabathia.  Appropriately enough, when I did a search for "Hamels 144" in my Zistle collection, this card from his finest year popped up.

A few hours following the official press conference to announce the deal, the Phillies walked off with their fourth straight win - all four wins coming in the team's final at-bat.  (Game summary post coming soon.)

It's been a dreadful season to this point, but I like the energy the team has shown over the past week.  October baseball is still a long-shot, but stranger things have happened.

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