Found March 07, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Cole Hamels? Cole Hamels?!?! It was barely 8 a.m. inside the Kansas City Royals clubhouse, but designated hitter Billy Butler was on a roll. Indeed, if the needling of a top prospect by a homegrown veteran is a sign of a team on the rise, then the Royals are well on their way. Seems left-hander Mike Montgomery, one of the Royals prized young pitchers, once had said that he wished he had a changeup like the Phillies Hamels. Jarrod Dyson, Montgomerys roommate at Triple-A Omaha last season, relayed the comment to Butler, apparently with embellishment. In a major league clubhouse, as opposed to say, a U.S. courthouse, no one is obligated to tell the truth. Butler gleefully took Montgomerys remark out of context, circling a table in the middle of the room, all but shrieking Hamels name repeatedly as Montgomery sat in silence. Monty says hes Cole Hamels! Butler cried as first base coach Doug Sisson approached. I dont know how to respond, Sisson replied, deadpan. ...

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"Cole Hamels? Cole Hamels?!?!" It was barely 8 a.m. inside the Kansas City Royals' clubhouse, but designated hitter Billy Butler was on a roll. Indeed, if the needling of a top prospect by a homegrown veteran is a sign of a team on the rise, then the Royals are well on their way. Seems left-hander Mike Montgomery, one of the Royals' prized young pitchers, once...

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