Guys, it was just a dry run. A Cole Hamels fire drill. He just wanted to see if we'd all freak out.
Uh, yeah, we have some work to do.
After the Phillies 2-1 win (yes, that's right a victory, kids!) on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, reporters filtered into the locker room to talk to the players. They also were hoping to speak to the Phils' ace left-hander, who the team announced will miss his scheduled turn in the rotation on Friday because of a mild hamstring strain.
That's when stuff started to hit the fan.
Cole Hamels locker is empty.— jon johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) June 18, 2015
Cole Hamels' locker is empty, name plate gone. Not sure if it's a joke.— Rob Maaddi Sports (@AP_RobMaaddi) June 18, 2015
And yes, we all freaked out. Hamels has been a walking trade rumor for a year now, and even though there didn't seem to be the usual smoke that exists online before a deal of this magnitude is made, it was certainly plausible that the team would use a hamstring injury as cover for a trade.
But alas, it was all a cruel hoax.
Per team spokesman, removing of Cole Hamels stuff from locker was a joke. Not funny.— jon johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) June 18, 2015
Cole Hamels was NOT traded, per team spokesman. Whoever removed his name plate & stuff did so as a joke.— Rob Maaddi Sports (@AP_RobMaaddi) June 18, 2015
Cole Hamels prank. He emptied out his locker and took down his name plate. Just a joke pic.twitter.com/Hl3euN0xvb— John Clark CSN (@JClarkCSN) June 18, 2015
Ha ha ha ha, we knew it, Cole!
If this was a test, I'm not sure any of us passed.
Well played, Cole. Well played indeed.