Count Cole Hamels among those who don't assess too much value to who gets the nod on opening day. The 24-year-old lefty might have been in a position to be a tad annoyed with the Phillies' decision to go with Brett Myers in the season opener against the Nationals, given the fact that he went 15-5 last season and was expected to be the team's ace this year. But Hamels said, in some ways, he's glad that Myers is the starter.
"It really doesn’t (make a difference)," Hamels said. "For me, there’s a lot of hype that goes into opening day. For myself, it’s not really a big deal. I know being 24 years old I have plenty of years where I’m trying to chase after Jamie Moyer. I know eventually maybe I’ll get one of those but for myself, after about three four starts, it doesn’t matter anymore."
Here's our story from this morning's edition on the reasons the Phillies went with Myers instead of Hamels.