This story won’t go away. Cole Hamels agreed with WFAN’s Evan Robets that the Mets were chokers. And the story keeps raging on. Hamels appeared with WIP in Philly with Howard Eskin on Friday and clarified his comments about the Mets below.
On why the Mets are thought of as “chokers”:
“The word choke means you weren’t able to fully come through when you were supposed to. I think the Mets had the top teams, they pretty much had the championships in the bag and they weren’t able to come through. A lot of guys will perceive them as choking in the end and not ,fulfilling their end of the bargain because they should have taken it. You know what, it really does show the strength and hard work and I guess the deep down guts that we have to take it away from them.”
Eskin thinks Hamels calling the Mets “chokers” was WFAN putting words in his mouth:
“I wouldn’t have thought of it myself. I like to do most of my playing out on the field and I don’t need to be mentioned in the media or trying to attack someone because that’s not the person I am. I’ll attack you when I’m out on the mound.”
I never thought that it was that big of a deal that he agreed with Roberts about the Mets. Hamels didn’t bring up the topic on his own. Clearly, he needs to be a little more media savvy though.
What I don’t like is him going to to discuss the issue in further depth. It’s about time for him to shut up about the issue.