Found July 26, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
The deal is done. (PHOTO: AP) After weeks of speculation – actually, more like months – the Phillies and Cole Hamels came together on an agreement that will keep the left-hander in red pinstripes until at least 2018. How and why was the move made? Let’s examine some quotes from all parties involved. Cole Hamels -On support of Phillies fans: “Seeing the type of turnouts that the fans have done, I think that’s been one of the best parts of playing the game of baseball. The city of Philadelphia has been absolutely outstanding…the 250 sellouts here is pretty impressive.” -On being blown away by the fans after his last start: “It really showed me something the other day when I was pitching here. To be able to see the way they (the fans) came out…to see the way that they gave the support, that’s what I’ll ultimately remember every single time I go out there.” -On the NATION of fans: I never thought I’d be in this position ever. I love this game so much, you just want to go out and play
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