After starter Cole Hamels and relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon threw the first combined no-hitter in Philadelphia Phillies history on Monday, there was no argument on who the prized final game ball should go to — and, to a player, there was only one choice.
The game ball, they decided, will be delivered to team president David Montgomery, who took a medical leave of absence last week after battling cancer earlier this season.
Montgomery had surgery in May to remove cancer from his jaw. The 68-year old has been the Phillies president since 1997, making him the perfect choice to get the last ball from the franchise's 12th no-hitter.
When a group of pitchers combine to throw a no-hitter like a Philadelphia Phillies foursome did, it's probably easier to give the final ball to someone else than decide which pitcher gets to keep it — especially a man as revered as Montgomery.