Cole Hamels didn't expect to win the Daily News Sportsperson of the Year, but that's only because he didn't know it existed. See, Hamels expects to win it all.
That is his secret.
He expects to retire every batter, preferably by strikeout, and he hates walks. He expects to win every game. He expects an ERA around 3.00.
This year, in his second full season, he finished in the top 10 in the NL in wins, strikeouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio, wins, ERA, innings pitched, shutouts and, the killer geek stat, walks and hits per innings pitched. He was first in that last one.
He won the NLCS MVP. He won the World Series MVP. As he expected.
He expects to win multiple Cy Young Awards. He expects to be the best lefty - heck, the best pitcher - ever.
He's 25 this week.
He's on his way.
- Marcus Hayes