Hamels pays tribute to Montgomery, gets standing ovations in Philly return
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Philadelphia still loves Cole Hamels, and the feeling appears to be mutual.

The veteran left-hander pitched Wednesday when his Chicago Cubs visited the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, his first game in Philadelphia since 2015.

During his return, there were several moments of appreciation displayed between the home audience and the 2008 World Series MVP.

Taking the mound for the bottom half of the first inning, the 35-year-old received a roaring standing ovation from the crowd.

Hamels, who spent the first 10 years of his career with Philadelphia, also sported a patch on the right arm of his uniform paying tribute to former Phillies executive David Montgomery, who died in May.

The brotherly love between Hamels and Philadelphia didn't end after the first inning. When the pitcher stepped to the plate to hit in the third, he was greeted by another standing ovation louder than the first.

Hamels' return to Philly wasn't as joyful from a statistical standpoint, however. The veteran pitcher allowed eight earned runs on nine hits across two innings in his worst outing of the season.

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