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Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 6:40 pm ET 182 Comments

The 2010 Phillie Reunion tour makes another stop at The Bank tonight, when Brett Myers makes his first appearance as a member of the opposition – even better, he is starting.

And in accordance with the silent pact we all agreed to after Brad Lidge threw The Unhittable Slider past Eric Hinske in 2008, ol’ Brett gets himself a nice standing ovation tonight, not only for helping the team to a World Series title, but for, being one of the most colorful and enjoyable athletes to come through town in the last 20 or so years.*

Brett’s story in Philadelphia reads like one of unfulfilled talent and unrealized dreams. The first draft pick of the Phils in 1999, Brett had all the makings of the backbone of a rotation early on, but it never really came to fruition. He had his best years as a starter in 2006 and 2007, when he went a combined 25-15 with a 3.81 ERA, but never really matched that again in a Phillies uniform, at least not as a starter.

He volunteered himself to the back of the ‘pen in 2007, where it appears he found his niche as a closing pitcher. He slid perfectly into the role when Tom Gordon went down early in the season, and would experience one of his biggest highs as a Phillie when he dropped in a curve for a called third strike to Willy Mo Pena on September 30th, 2007 to clinch the division and send the Phillies to the post season for the first time since 1993.

The next year proved to be one of transition for Brett, who was sent back to the starting rotation following the acquisition of Brad Lidge. It was a change that, admittedly, Myers did not fully accept. The results were evident, as he recorded an unforgettable first half, where he went 3-9 with a 5.35 ERA.

After a trip to the minors to work on his mechanics, and more importantly, his mind, he returned to The Show a new man, a veritable phoenix rising from the ashes. Upon returning, he went 7-4 with a 3.06 ERA the rest of the way, including a complete game victory on short rest over Milwaukee to help the Phils complete the four game sweep to pull them into a first place tie in the National League Wild Card with the Brewers.

Undoubtedly, his best moment as a Phillie came in October of that same year, and not because of what he did on the mound.

It was game two of the NLDS, and the Phils held a 1-0 series lead over the Brewers, who sent C.C. Sabathia to the hill for game two. The Phillies had a tough task ahead of them, which was made even tougher when Brett walked in a run in the top of the first inning to put them in an early hole. But it was the second inning, with the game tied at one, that Brett cemented his place in Philadelphia Lore, when he worked a two out, nine pitch walk off Sabathia.

For those watching at home, it was incredible. For those in attendance, it was surreal, and with each foul tip, the crowd got louder and louder, almost willing Brett to stay alive at the plate. Says our very own, who was in attendance: It was one of those rare moments in life when you could just tell something special was about to happen.

We all know what happened next: C.C. walked Jimmy Rollins on four pitches and was followed by Shane Victorino, who hit the biggest grand slam of his life to all but win the series for the Phils.

It was the highest of the highs for Myers, who followed that up with an unmemorable 2009 campaign that was fraught with injuries and less than stellar performance on the mound. But now, at age 30, he is having a career year in Houston, reveling for a team that isn’t sniffing October. It’s unfortunate that he couldn’t be here for one more ride, helping the Phils chase down another N.L. East rival in September, getting cheered on by the city and fans that he loved.

Myers was, for all his foibles, the perfect guy for this city. He loved playing here, despite the often prickly nature of the fans, which Myers correctly interpreted as tough love and not spite or hatred. He knew his role, and more importantly, he knew our role. I’m sure if he had his way, he’d still be in the white and red as you read this, getting ready to face off against the Astros tonight. Alas, ’twas not meant to be.

Instead of one more run in October and one more ring on his finger, he’ll have to settle for one last standing ovation from the fans, one last thank you from the Philadelphia Faithful.

And for Brett, maybe that’s more than enough.

*If you have difficulty cheering for a guy with a domestic violence episode in his past, then we understand. That’s fine. However, don’t boo him just to boo him under the “he’s not a Phillie” clause.

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Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 8:47 am ET 78 Comments

As the trade deadline approaches, most every team in baseball is scavenging for pitching. Starting, relief, or whatever. Pitching wins ballgames, and you can never have enough of it. The Phillies are no exception.

But the real mid-season prize for the Phillies shouldn’t be a Roy Oswalt or a Dan Haren, but a pitcher who donned the red pinstripes as recently as 2009: Brett Myers.

Myers, the Phillies’ first round draft pick in 1999, spent eight seasons in The Bigs with the Phillies, with his best statistical season coming in 2005, when he set a career high in innings pitched (215.1), strikeouts (208), and ERA (3.72).

Of course, the real gem of his time in Philly was the second half of this 2008 campaign, when he returned from the minors following an abysmal first half and a stint in the minors, to go 7-4 with a 3.06 ERA in 13 starts to help the Phillies make another run towards October and eventually, a World Series championship.

2009 was a different story for Myers. He got off to a decent start, mixing in a gem or two with a clunker or two, but just when it seemed like Brett was putting it together, his season was derailed by a hip injury that required surgery. He returned late in the season as a reliever, but would be unable to really distinguish himself in the ‘pen.

And on November 6, 2009, just two days after game six of the World Series, the Phillies cut ties with Myers, making him a free agent, and he would ultimately go on to sign with the Houston Astros.

And the Phillies need him back. Bad.

Despite the fact that Myers is having a career season in Houston (3.35 ERA in 19 starts), the Phillies need something else from the right-hander: Edge.

If there is one thing that you can say about Brett Myers, it’s this: The man has attitude, and that is something that the Phillies need desperately.

Think of the Phillies like Charlie Sheen’s character in “Major League 2.” He put his “Wild Thing” character to the side, cut his hair, eschewed sleeveless shirts for suits, and completely changed his identity. As a result, he struggled and never really found himself until the film’s climax, when he resurrected “The Wild Thing.”

If you’re thinking “This isn’t a movie, this is real life!” then you would be right. This isn’t a movie where everything gets resolved in 90 minutes. This is real life, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less true that the Phillies are in a major need of an attitude lift.

Prior to 2010, the Phils had an attitude that was forged in the fires of countless seasons where they came up just short, a historic comeback in September, a World Series trophy, and two back-to-back pennants. And it’s exactly that attitude that got them over the top and gave them a handful of wins when they were down to their final outs – It’s the basis of the legendary “27 Outs” mantra.

But somewhere between 2009 and 2010, that attitude has vanished. Maybe the recent run of success, coupled with the acquisition of Roy Halladay, have taken away the Phillies’ desire. Maybe the crown has lost it’s luster. After all, when you’ve been at the bottom for so long, all you have is hunger. And they’ve been winning so much that perhaps they’ve forgotten what it’s like to be hungry.

That’s where Brett comes in. He brings an immediate sense of edge and attitude to a team that, for all intents and purposes, is too “nice.” They’ve got Ryan and Jimmy and Shane’s feel good attitude, Roy and Chase’s intensity, and enough professionalism to last a lifetime, but the team doesn’t have any edge.

And for all Brett’s foibles, no one can deny his intensity. His “I don’t give a shit” attitude is something that perfectly summed up the Phillies of the last three years. They were talented, but they weren’t affected by adversity, slumps, or other problems that befell them. They had countless come-from-behind wins over the past three years, and what seems like only a few in 2010.

Is Myers the be-all, end-all solution to the Phillies issues? Of course not. But a little bit of attitude can go a long way. And right now, the Phillies need all the help they can get.

Posted by Chamomiles Davis at 10:46 pm ET 70 Comments

Pitchers and catchers report today. Those words fill the heart of every baseball fan with thoughts of spring and great anticipation for a new season of hope just around the corner. For Yours Truly — the B-Man himself — I am psyched beyond words. More so that I’ve been in years, as a matter of fact. And I’m here to tell you why.

Although my uniform may look different, the heart of a competitor still beats beneath its logo, and the batting-practice arm of a warrior fills the right sleeve. Banish me to Houston, will you, Mr. Amaro? Fine. Ed Wade and I have a message, and you and those other fools back in Philly better listen up: Today is the day I plot my revenge on the team that made me a champion.

While the Phillies were shooting their wad winning division titles and a World Championship, the Astros (aka, my NEW favorite team) were patiently waiting their turn, not wishing to draw attention to their plan of dominating the National League in 2010 and beyond. What plan, you ask? Why, nothing less devious than pretending to appear to other teams as a mediocre franchise, not wishing to reveal their true potential by cleverly finishing fifth in a six-team division. It’s a classic Wadian tactic, and you guys fell for it! Suckers.



Now it’s time for revenge, and you better believe that, much like my awesome chin beard, the list is growing every day. Here’s just a brief sample of those who should get ready to tremble in their shoes…

1. Charlie Manuel. How dare you pull me from a game just as I was hitting my stride? I do my best work when the bases are loaded and I’ve surrendered three home runs in five innings! “Manager?” Pfft. More like micro-manager.

2. Ruben Amaro, Jr. Bad mistake cutting me loose, amigo. I’m the kind of pitcher franchises are built around, and you’re about to learn that fact the hard way when I step on the mound against that squad of losers you’ve chosen to keep. Watch as I lull your precious Ryan Howard into a state of complacency by allowing him to hit home runs in his first three at-bats! That’s when the Brettster shifts into “lock-down mode,” and when that happens there is nowhere to hide, my friend.

3. Cole Hamels? I’m gunning for you. Now who’s going to hold your hand and dry those precious little lady-tears when the game isn’t going your way? I can’t believe I had to lie to those press weasels and tell them we weren’t fighting during the World Series because you gave up on your teammates. Better hope you don’t face me this year, because I have a gift-wrapped inside fastball with your dainty little name on it.

4. Jose Manero, assistant locker room attendant. You know what you did.

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Posted by at 1:56 pm ET 47 Comments

During his introductory press conference with the Houston Astros yesterday, Brett Myers has some fightin’ words for his ex-team who showed no interest in re-signing the veteran right-hander.

From an Associated Press report out of Houston via

“I wanted to go back to Philadelphia, but they didn’t show an interest, they had other obligations, which is fine with me,” Myers said. He then promised to “stick it” to the Phillies every time he faces them.

OOOOOooooooOOOOHHHHHH! We’re fucking scared over here.

Considering we only face the Astros twice during the regular season (April 9-11 @HOU and again August 24-26 at home), the biggest impact Brett could have against the Phillies is a whopping TWO whole wins. Plus, I’m sure by the second time we see the ‘Stros, Myers will either be injured from “playing catch with his son”, sent back down to the minors to “work on his mechanics”, or suspended after “punching his wife in the face”.

Oh yeah, and Brett also credits Ed Wade for being one of the main reasons he chose Houston. No shit.

“Being familiar with Ed [Wade] made it a lot easier for the transition to be able to come over here and be able to pitch in this state and this city.”

“They beat us six out of seven last year so I know they had a good enough team to put wins together so hopefully I can just add to that and make it seven out of seven.”

By the way, Brett, the Astros only won SIX out of eight last year. And you ain’t “us” no more.

If you’d like, you check out highlights of the Ed Wade-less press conference HERE

Photo via Alyson Footer’s Twitter (@alysonfooter)

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Posted by at 2:46 pm ET 180 Comments

I guess the offseason officially begins today.

Shortly after announcing the most obvious option pickup ever when Ruben Amaro extended Cliff Lee’s stay with the Phillies at least one more year, he also told Brett Myers in so many words to hit the bricks. This according to Jim Salisbury of the Inquirer.  Here’s some quotes:

“I officially won’t be a Phillie next year,’’ the 29-year-old pitcher told The Inquirer this afternoon.

“Actually I’m not as disappointed as I thought I’d be,’’ Myers said. “I don’t know if it’s because other things are in front of me, blurring my vision. I’m packing and getting ready to drive home (to Jacksonville, Fla.) tomorrow.”

“It just didn’t hit me as hard as I thought it would. I kind of felt it coming.’’

Myers said Amaro gave him no reason for the decision not to attempt to extend the relationship between the team and the pitcher.

“I was just like, ‘OK, thanks for putting up with my shit,’” Myers said. “He thanked me and wished me and my family well.”

“I’ll miss the guys on the team and the fans who have supported me. Hopefully I’ll be playing against the Phillies and when I do I want the roughest treatment the fans can give me – when I’m pitching. I’m an opposing player – you have to give it to me.’’

And we’ll miss you, too, Brett. Well, at least *I* will.

Myers will not return to Phillies | Phillies Zone

I don’t know how this wasn’t included in the initial report, but @ToddZolecki has the best quote of ‘em all:

That’s cause Brett plays real sports. He’s not trying to be the best at exercising.

A video tribute to Brett Myers put together by commenter Alexander, ATJ…

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Posted by dmac at 6:39 am ET 47 Comments

Think Brett might’ve smelled a bit too much of alcohol right here?

(Thanks Griswold. And thanks to @Estebomb from FEB for getting it on the ‘net with the quickness)

UPDATE II: YouTube trying to hold a blogger down and shit, disabling his account. Switched hosts.

Posted by at 8:30 am ET 30 Comments

Today is the day where Brett Myers OFFICIALLY gets activated from the 60-day DL so he can rejoin the team he helped become the 2008 World Fucking Champions. Back in late May, Myers had an issue with his hip that required surgery and most people figured he was done for the season. But neither hip surgery nor a faceplant into concrete would be able to stop Brett from coming back to do it again in ’09.

So just where, exactly, is he gonna fit in? Don’t look at me, ask Charlie:

“We’ll probably pitch him in the sixth or seventh inning a couple of times to see where he’s at, how he’s throwing, and then work him toward the back end of our bullpen and use him that way,” Manuel said.

Well, Cholly, you can’t get much further back in the bullpen than the sixth or seventh inning.  So really, I think what he’s trying to say is, if Brad Lidge starts fucking up again, don’t be surprised if you hear that god-awful “Soldiers” song blaring from the CBP speakers to start the ninth, only this time it’ll be Brett Myers busting through the gates ready to drop that nasty hook of his on unsuspecting batters and grab the save.

Either way, he should be a welcomed addition to our staff for the stretch run.

Glad to have you back Brett, we missed you pal.

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Posted by at 7:33 pm ET 101 Comments

I’ve been patiently waiting for a picture of Brett Myers’ black eye ever since August 14th when he “got hit in the eye with a ball thrown by his son” or “fell out of a truck while sober after leaving the bar at one in the morning where a fight took place”, but everytime Brett was interviewed, he was wearing sunglasses so we couldn’t see.  Well last night in Reading we caught our first glimpse when Comcast cameras and their INSIDE ACCESS! were allowed in the Reading clubhouse to interview our future closer.

It’s not so bad, but that must’ve been a nice shiner on his mug to last nearly two weeks. And I don’t think it’s affected him much either, last night he tossed two scoreless innings, giving up no hits and one walk while striking out five. In his second inning of work (the eighth inning), Myers struck out the side on just 11 pitches.

In Myers We Trust.

Posted by Chris at 10:42 am ET 6 Comments

In Brett Myers We Trust

Well Brett, you want to “feel like a rockstar” and loved closing and did a pretty decent job at it in 2007. Here’s hoping you get the chance to do it this year. GTFO Lidge…

Posted by Tug Haines at 7:20 pm ET 41 Comments

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