Cole Hamels stays in touch with enough of his former teammates to know that the Phillies will honor the 2008 World Series champions before the Aug. 5 game at Citizens Bank Park. He also knows there’s only one way he would be able to attend the ceremony.

And don’t think for a second that the ex-Phillies ace hasn’t considered it.

“I think that’s kind of the pipe dream of it,” Hamels said over the weekend. “That’s the perfect scenario. Everything has to cross.”

The thing is, it isn’t particularly difficult to imagine a Phillies-Hamels reunion. Far stranger things have happened.