Jason Hammel takes out full-page ad in Tribune to thank Cubs fans
Jason Hammel is a class-act and a very good pitcher. The Cubs would not have played in the postseason the past two seasons or been in a position to win The World Series this year without him. Hammel took out a full-page ad in the Tribune to thank the fans for his three years with the Cubs.
Dear Cubs fans,
Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for all the love and support you have given us over the past three years. I can’t adequately describe what it was like to step on the mound at Wrigley every fifth day and pitch in the greatest park, in the greatest city, in front of the greatest fans on the planet!
Our time in Chicago was much more than that. It wasn’t just the baseball connection to the city that we’ve cherished; Chicago became our home, and you became our neighbors.
While the Cubs’ chapter of our lives is now closed, the memories and friendships we have made here will last forever.
Our sincere thanks to Tom, Laura and the entire Ricketts family, and to Theo, Jed and the Cubs’ front office for treating us like family. We understand the business side of the game can sometimes force tough decisions, and we thank you for handling it with professionalism and integrity.
Finally, thank you to the coaches and staff, and to my teammates, who became my brothers. We were so fortunate to have been part of an organization that is run with as much class as the Chicago Cubs – the 2016 World Series Champions!
With love, the Hammels
Jason, Elissa and family
Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and the front office showed Hammel the respect that he earned by giving him the opportunity to become a free agent.
Hammel was 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 4.48 FIP in 30 starts this past season. In three years with the Cubs, Hammel was 33-22 with a 3.59 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 3.86 FIP. Hammel made 78 starts over the three seasons.
From this old Cubs fan, thank you Jason for what you helped bring to the team I’ve rooted for my entire life.