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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Saturday, July 21, 2012


The bad news for Phillies fans: They lost, 6-5, Saturday, to the Giants in 10 innings.

Worse news for Phillies fans:  Potential free agent Cole Hamels doesn't want to play for a  loser.

Encouraging news for Phillies fans: Hamels understands that the Phillies are committed to winning.

“Yeah, I mean, you don't like playing for a team that loses,” Hamels said after what might have been his last Citizens Bank Park start in a Phillies uniform. “But unfortunately, it takes all of us. If I am not winning my ballgames, then I am obviously a culprit, too.”

Hamels pitched 7 2-3 innings Saturday, surrendering 10 hits, including three home runs, and striking out six. He had a 5-4 lead, lost it in the eighth, left in a 5-5 tie and waved to the cheering crowd on his way to a no-decision.

“I know the atmosphere here is that they want to win,” Hamels said. “And they want to win now. That's always the key to anything. The organization wants to win. The fans want to win. The players want to win. So that's ultimately what we'd have to stick with, and that's kind of the decision that I would ever revert to.”

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