Phillies teammates shrug off starter's reaction to error
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Cole Hamels said he reacted just like any Phillies fan would have reacted.
He threw up his arms.
There is an unwritten rule in baseball about showing up teammates on the field, and when Hamels expressed his frustrations when Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley could not turn an inning-ending double play in the fifth inning Thursday in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he appeared to break that rule.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Friday before Game 2 at Dodger Stadium that he would talk with Hamels about it. Pitching coach Rich Dubee had little to say, other than it would be handled internally.
"It's not going to look good ever," Hamels said. "Why do you allow guys to fist-pump when they get out of an inning? We're very emotional, and this game is very hard, so when you get in those situations, you make the right pitch and something actually happens and then you're not able to come through, it's draining. But at the same time, you see the ticker and it's five innings, four earned runs."
Asked before the game about Hamels throwing up his arms, Jimmy Rollins said, "So?"
So that didn't bother him?
Rollins shook his head no.
"When you have a group of guys that we have here, those rules can be unwritten and rewritten and overlooked," Jayson Werth said.
In other words, he considered it a non-issue.
"It could really bother some people and disrupt a clubhouse," Werth said. "But since everybody knows each other so well and we believe in each other and we've got such a good thing going on here, it wouldn't necessarily be true for us. I've played on teams where that would have been a problem, but that's not this team.
"I don't think Cole was doing that to be malicious. He was just in the heat of the moment. I think Chase and Jimmy would overlook that because that's a play they could make. They didn't make it. It's part of the game. It's not a big deal, but I know what you're saying because I've seen it be a big deal."
Hamels said he thinks Rollins and Utley understood it happened in the heat of the moment.
"I'm so into the game. I'm a fan, too," Hamels said. "If this game was in Philly, what do you think the crowd would have done? It's high emotions, high intensity. You want to get things done, and I reacted just like the fans would have. But I'm supposed to be the professional and I'm not allowed to do that. I think they understand I didn't mean anything by it. It looks better to pitch 5 1/3 and give up one run vs. four, but the ultimate goal is to win. I'll say I'm sorry to the guys. I think we're such a good team and good teammates that they understand the frustrations."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.