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Sunday, August 10, 2008
Brett Myers pitched like a man on a mission on Saturday night Aug 9th. He looked like the Myers of old, fiery and focused. That's what the Phillies hoped for Myers who looks like he's got his swagger back. Myers over the past two years has been moved everywhere but into a Phillies luxury suite for the team. He went out to the bullpen when the Phillies needed that most with the shakiness of Tom Gordon last year, even though Myers is a National League starter and lead the season off as the Phillies opening day pitcher. He's done more than he could have been expected to and still even though he struggled a bit this year, maintained his composure even going down to the minors to get his stuff back.
All his composure went out the window last night as Myers erupted like a volcano when Manuel made his way to the mound to take Brett out of the game. Myers looked like he was going to explode, he paced around the mound and cursed as Manuel extended his hand to get the ball from Myers. After he left the mound Myers responded with a cap tip to the fans who gave him a standing ovation, he would have got the ovation if he didn't go through all of his antics with Manuel anyway. The battle now continued when Manuel entered the dugout, he yelled out for Myers and the two began a jaw to jaw screaming match right in the dugout ending with Myers exiting the dugout and going back into the clubhouse.
Myers didn't obviously benefit from any anger management classes he may have had to attend with the assault a couple years ago on his wife on my birthday no less!, this was a classic no-no in baseball. You don't insult the manager by throwing a tantrum about one of his moves. More so, you don't get in your own managers face and scream at him, but all this frustration on Myers probably has been building for some time. Myers is doing much better on the mound, and I think he's going to be ok for the rest of the season. After the season though, I think he gets traded to another team and that may be good for him.
This isn't the first time Brett has been jawing at someone, here's the exchange between him and a reporter for the Philly Inquirer after a game, this show's Brett's passion for the game and how he pitches:
When Sam Carchidi, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer axed Brett if he honestly thought those two balls were pop ups, things got interesting.
After the jump is the audio of the argument, as well as the must read conversation between the two:
Sam Carchidi: “You thought they both were pop ups?”
Brett Myers: “Yeah, didn’t you? You think they crushed ‘em?”
SC: “The first one I thought was out, the second one no.”
BM: “Yeah, cause you’re a retard, you don’t know shit about f##kin’ baseball. You’re filling in for somebody.”
SC: “How do you spell ‘retard’?”
BM: “You know how to spell it, it’s in your f**kin’ vocabulary, I’m sure you know.”
SC: “You are classy, I’ll tell ya.”
BM: “Go on. [Get] outta here, you f**kin’ idiot.”
SC: [pointing at Brett Myers] “You’re the f**kin’ idiot.”
BM: “Hey! You pointin’ at me motherf**ker?! I’ll tell you what, dude, I’ll knock you mutherf**king out! FUCK YOU!!! You’re tough when f##kin’ people are standing in front of you, aren’t you, you piece of shit! Come on! You f**king idiot. Yeah, you’re tough when f**kin’ people are standing in front of you, you stupid ass.”
SC: “I’m a retard?”
BM: “Yeah, that’s right, YOU ARE, you’re a f**king idiot. You ask stupid ass f**king questions!”
Myers is not one to back down when he's lost his temper, he still needs those anger management classes, but he gets the win in South Philly, the fans like a win and they like Brett Myers. Through all of the 8 years that Myers has been on the team there has been some great times and some not so great times, this was one of those 'not so great' times for him. The question begs though, "Can anyone pitch a complete game with Manuel as the manager?"
Rich Baxter ------- fightin phillies