Found July 25, 2012 on Fox Sports:
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The moment hit him. It hit him when it happened, and I'll bet it hit him afterward. Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels did something unusual when he walked off the mound to a standing ovation at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday. He waved to the crowd. I can't say for certain that Hamels decided at that moment that he was going to stay with the Phillies. But covering the game as the field reporter for FOX, the question kept racing through my mind: How could he leave? Well, we have our answer now. Hamels, 28, is close to a six-year contract extension with the Phillies for more than $137.5 million, according to major-league sources. Yes, he is from San Diego. Yes, he could have signed a free-agent contract at the end of the season, possibly with the Los Angeles Dodgers, possibly for even more money. But that standing ovation Saturday crystallized everything that Hamels has always loved about living in Philadelphia, playing for the Phillies and performing before their loyal,...
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