Philadelphia’s current favorite World Series MVP, Cole Hamels, graces the cover of this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated (Mike Schmidt, we still love you too, but, hey, it’s been awhile, you know). Here’s a link to the article.
Last night’s local news broadcast mentioned that in the article, Cole and his wife Heidi reveal that they are planning on adopting an orphan from Ethiopia whose parents died of AIDS. I admit my initial reaction was one of “oh, they’re pulling a Brangelina”.
In my mind (which I’ve tried to keep corralled since yesterday, by the way), I started trying to make a nifty combo name for Cole and Heidi, too, but it just doesn’t work very well. Coldi? Hole? Nope, Courtney Love
already used that for her rock band.
I tried using Cole’s full given name, Colbert.
Maybe I’ll give up and just stick to Cole and Heidi.
My husband muttered something about Cole seeming a bit too metrosexual (too well-dressed, not a “manly man”) but after a few moments of thought, decided that as long as he keeps winning games, he doesn’t care.
In fact, after reading the article, it’s interesting to see how much of Cole’s public persona has actually been crafted and honed by Heidi, her theory being that if he’s going to be the team’s ace, he needs to look and act the part of an ace. So, cargo shorts out, suits in.
So far, I’d have to say, success doesn’t seem to have gone to his head. By all accounts, he is humble and polite, often going above and beyond the minimum required for an athlete of his stature. The photographer doing the photo shoot for the SI cover stated that Cole was only the third athlete ever (out of 300 or so) to actually show up early for his shoot.
There is also an anecdote in the SI article that takes place at an event where Cole was signing limited edition prints, and a woman with a video camera asked him to record a message for her daughter’s bat mitzvah. After asking what a bat mitzvah is (he was only familiar with the bar mitzvah), he agreed. He could have easily said no, or something to the effect that he was only there to sign the prints, but he didn’t.
So here’s hoping that the SI cover jinx stays away! Cole, stay the way you are, and get out there and win some games! Only 45 days until Opening Day!