Since I wasn't there, I don't know first hand what happened. I can say that knowing Cole, there is no way that he returned to the nightclub looking for a fight like the police reports supposedly say that he did. That's not Cole. He told me it's not true and I believe him completely.
I talked to him after his surgery and he said he felt pretty good, but he was pretty upset at how he's being portrayed in the media. I know in my heart that the things that happened last weekend were not his fault. He's going to come through this okay, but it's tough to see him have to go through all of it. He threw well in the Florida Instructional League and was really looking forward to spring training. All I can say is that I hope fans don't give up on Cole Hamels, because he's got a lot of talent and he's going to be in the majors before too long.
As I said, I got to spend a little time back in Texas with my family. It's always nice to get away and spend time with them, especially since we're coming up on the time of year when I don't get to see them too often.
It's kind of ironic that on the same day that Cole was having hand surgery, I threw my first session in the bullpen this year. Everything feels great and I threw really well. After missing all of last season, I am really looking forward to this year and getting back into action. It won't be too long now until everybody starts rolling into town and we're all fighting for jobs and looking to get the assignments that we're all hoping for.
I've spent a lot of time on my new passion; bowling. My Grandfather is a really good bowler and I've sort of caught the love of the game from him. It doesn't hurt my arm or anything, so there's no need to worry about that. I've got my own ball and shoes now and I'm getting pretty good. I threw a 242 the other week and I usually hit in the 170 or 180 range with a few 200 games thrown in there. If you haven't tried bowling, believe me, it's harder than it looks. It's a lot of fun, too.
Not much else happening that's worth talking about. Like I said though, just keep Cole in your thoughts and don't lose faith in him. He's a good guy and doesn't deserve everything that's going on.
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