EVEN IN RETIREMENT, COLE HAMELS IS BETTER THAN TAIJUAN WALKER!

By Sam Bush

Cole Hamels threw out the first pitch on last night, the first time he wore a Phillies jersey since July 25, 2015, when he threw his historic no-hitter at Wrigley Field in his final start with the franchise.

The 2008 World Series MVP returned to Citizens Bank Park to officially retire as a Phillie in a special pregame ceremony ahead of Philadelphia’s series-opening loss to the D-backs. A number of franchise greats were in attendance, including his former catcher Carlos Ruiz — who caught that no-hitter — and manager Charlie Manuel, among others.

As part of the festivities, current Phillies stars Aaron Nola and Kyle Schwarber presented Hamels with the pitching rubber and the original lineup card from that game at Wrigley Field — his 308th and final career appearance (including the postseason) in a Philadelphia uniform.

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