Cole Hamels’ 8-2 record and 2.56 ERA aren’t the only things he’s doing right this season to earn the love and respect back from the fans (though it should have never left).
Cole and Heidi Hamels donated $200,000 to the schools in the city of Philadelphia today. It’s pretty tough doing PR work on a day Hamels is taking the hill but I’m sure he’ll pitch a complete game shut out anyway.
The school receiving the biggest check was Swenson Arts and Technology High School. They received a $50,000 check to help them build a new fitness center (gym) which the school had none. The school has actually been using a section of its auto shop as a gym.
“It’s just the way I was brought up,” said Hamels, whose parents are educators in his native California. “It’s all my parents ever asked of me – just to be a good example.”
Hamels certainly has been an incredible example. He, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins have been among the most charitable Phillies the past few years in the city of Philadelphia. It’s acts of charity like this that make you realize these guys are people too with feelings and a good sense of where they are.
My hat off to Cole and his wife, Heidi. Now let’s fry some Fish tonight.