Cole Hamels considering congressional run, or whatever

Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. (David Maialetti/Staff File Photo)

Cole Hamels' current deal with the Phillies ends in 2018, with an option for 2019. He will be 35 then, with his whole life ahead of him. Who knows how many more World Series titles he'll have under his belt! Will it be three? Zero? Feels like it'll be zero. At the moment.

Perhaps that's why Hamels is considering a future beyond baseball. Talking to The Hill, Hamels called entering politics as a career move a "possibility," with the quick qualifier that "There's always possibilities. Never say never."

He's right, too. If he'd had more time, I'm sure Hamels would have continued with his new classroom poster philosophies, like "If you can dream it, you can do it," "What is popular is not always right; what is right is not always popular," and "Lunch today will be french toast sticks."

Cole Hamels' attitude about Cole Hamels joining Congress was infectious, gaining him the support of some already seated members:

"Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) called for Hamels to bring his athletic abilities to Capitol Hill. 'When your career decides to end by your choice and follow the steps of another, we do need a pitcher in the Republican caucus,' he quipped."

Following in the hulking footsteps of Jon Runyan and the cranky footsteps of Jim Bunning, Hamels would not be the first Philly athlete to head to Washington (the Nationals have made sure of that). In fact, Runyan was in attendance for the luncheon praising The Hamels Foundation and other charities, it seems that one day, Hamels may not need even lunch to head to the Hill.