The trade deadline is like the mirror at the carnival fun house. You might be stretched impossibly tall, or widened impossibly fat. You still can see, but the view is distorted.
The relentless coverage of the trade deadline distorts your view of the game. On Friday, in an extraordinary news conference in Philadelphia, Cole Hamels restored the proper focus for all of us.
The Phillies had traded their longtime ace, and Hamels had a plane to catch for Texas. But, on his way out of town, Hamels stopped at Citizens Bank Park to thank everyone.
The Phillies drafted him when he was 18, a kid from San Diego. He is 31 now, and the time had come to leave the only team he had...