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11/18/08 1:10 AM EST
Hamels' wild journey continues
World Series MVP appears on TV shows and at events
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Next up for Cole and Heidi Hamels, a frenetic journey around the world on little sleep. They may be forced to dine on local delicacies along the way in order to get the next clue. How do cows' lips sound? Hopefully the couple will never hear host Phil Keoghan say, "Cole and Heidi, you're the last team to arrive. I'm sorry to tell you, you have been eliminated from the race." OK, so Cole and Heidi aren't going on "The Amazing Race" any time soon, at least not while Cole is throwing baseballs for the Phillies, but that might be about the only thing he won't get a chance to do this offseason. "Maybe after I retire we can be on 'The Amazing Race, Season 56,'" Hamels said. "I'd love to do that." In the meantime, Hamels has packed plenty of activity into the weeks following Eric Hinske's swing and miss at a Brad Lidge slider that clinched the World Series title for the Phillies. Monday's appearance at the seventh annual Philadelphia Sports Fans Choice Awards, a fundraising event that benefited Comcast Spectacor Foundation and Variety -- The Children's Charity, continued Hamels' personal edition of The Amazing Offseason. The day before the World Series parade down Broad Street, Hamels took the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theatre and read the Top Ten list on the "Late Show with David Letterman." Since, he has sat in the audience for ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," thrown a pitch on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," that sent the show's executive producer into a dunk tank as part of a charity campaign, attended a Lakers game ... In Philadelphia, Hamels flipped a coin at the Eagles' Sunday night game against the Giants, then hung out in the owner's suite with Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill. "It was cool that he was a big baseball fan," Hamels said. "It's always an honor to meet a future vice president that is a sports fan. The opportunities that have come with winning the World Series have been outstanding. It wasn't anything I really expected. "Being on David Letterman was a special event -- the whole L.A. experience -- 'Dancing With The Stars' and 'Ellen.'" On Ellen's show, Hamels came on to dunk executive producer Ed Glavin, who is a Phillies fan. Hamels said it took seven tries to hit the target, but helpful editing made it look like he did it in two. "After I missed the fourth one, I said, 'That's ball four,'" Hamels said. "It was fun. It took me 25 warmup throws, because I haven't thrown a ball much lately. It was more intimidating because she's hilarious. I'm glad she didn't make me dance." Cole and Heidi are living large these days, with accolades wherever they go. Fans want to offer congratulations at every turn, and the personable celebrity couple is amiably taking it in. The busy schedule comes with being an affable sort. Red Sox players Kevin Millar, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Doug Mirabelli and Johnny Damon amused millions after winning it all in 2004 with an appearance on Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," and 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein appeared on "The Tonight Show," "Last Call with Carson Daly" and the game show "1 vs. 100." Hamels isn't even sure what other events he has coming, other than the vacation to an undisclosed location with Heidi to help celebrate her recent 30th birthday. Even she doesn't know where they are going. In August, the couple will receive the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro that Hamels earned for being named the World Series MVP, and they'll tool around town in that. Years from now, maybe they'll win that million dollars on "The Amazing Race." "We would win, no doubt," said Heidi Hamels, a veteran of reality shows after a fifth-place finish on season six of "Survivor." "We wouldn't bicker. I'm one of those wives who would be like, 'Cole, you're always right.' He really is, like, 99 percent of the time. I would trust his judgment, and just have to be athletic. I would like to say nothing on camera, and just walk and run." They'll get plenty of practice over the next few months.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.