After blowing the game against the San Diego Padres Saturday, Philadelphia Phillies closer Brett Myers got into it with a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter.
When the reporter questioned Myers (5.10 ERA) about the two homers he surrendered, the pitcher called them "just pop ups." ...which is kinda weird, because generally, pop-ups are easily caught and rarely result in un-sacrificial runs, as they don't leave the ballpark.
Then, Myers got personal. "You're not even a beat reporter. You're a fill-in, you don't know anything about baseball." He went on to call them retarded.The reporter then asked if Myers could spell retarded, since retards have trouble with spelling, occasionally. Myers then stood up and had to be restrained by hardass Pat Burrell.
Brett must have missed the Phillies' Disability Awareness Night this year.
Myers' eyebrows were completely out of control throughout the entire interview and actually helped distract the reporter away from further questioning.
Tom Gordon has been sidelined once again with a shoulder injury - for the second straight season.
The Philadelphia Phillies placed the veteran closer
In a surprising move for the Philadelphia Phillies this week, Brett Myers has made a quick transition from staff ace to setup man with the possibility of seeing some time at the closer spot.
Manager Charlie Manuel says that Myers, 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA over three outings this season, will be used mostly in the seventh or eighth innings and may also see some work as a closer when Tom Gordon isn't available.
Myers, a righty, had 12 wins and a 3.91 ERA over 31 starts (198 innings) - all team bests - last season. He also led the club with 189 strikeouts before signing a $25.75 million, three-year contract during the offseason.
Jon Lieber has taken Myers' spot in the rotation, news which he is surely happy with after expressing some disappointment when the Phillies informed him he'd be used as a reliever instead of a starter late this spring. Lieber has allowed three runs in 2.1 innings this year out of the bullpen.
Speaking of the Mets, the Atlanta Braves' incredible run of 14 straight division titles ended last season with New York's takeover of the NL East. While the Braves think they have what it takes to return to the top, the Phillies believe they're ready to become the new team to beat in the NL East.
The new underdogs will face an optimistic Phillies club Monday in the teams' season opener.
After finishing third in the East last season - six games behind Philadelphia and 18 behind the New York - the Braves found themselves under .500 for the first time since 1990 - one season before their run of division championships began.
The Braves ranked second in the league with 849 runs and first with 222 homers in 2006 with a potent middle of the order in Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, Jeff Francoeur and Brian McCann. They lost Adam LaRoche, however, who hit 32 homers and drove in 90 runs, and last season's leadoff hitter, Marcus Giles.
Veteran righty John Smoltz, who turns 40 in May, will take the hill for Atlanta. He went 16-9 with a 3.49 ERA last season, leading the team in wins and (232) innings pitched.
The Phillies, meanwhile, haven't reached the playoffs since 1993, but have stayed in contention for the wild card until the final weekend of the last two seasons. They led the NL with 865 runs last season and ranked third with 216 home runs, so the goal is to duplicate that performance this year behind a lineup led by 58-homer-hitting Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and hard-hitting second baseman Chase Utley.
Philly upgraded its pitching to complement its powerful lineup, adding Freddy Garcia and Adam Eaton to a rotation that includes Brett Myers, Cole Hamels and veteran lefty Jamie Moyer, a late-season acquisition from Seattle.
Myers, 12-7 with a 3.91 ERA last season, will get the start for Philadelphia in his first opening-day start. He's 4-5 with a 4.14 ERA in 16 starts against Atlanta and went 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in five outings against them last season.
Brett Myers agreed to a three-year, $25.75 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, side-stepping arbitration.
The 26-year-old righty went 12-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 31 starts last season, leading the Phillies in all things pitching: wins, ERA, starts, innings (198), strikeouts (189), winning percentage (.632) and opponents' batting average (.257). What a stud.
He re-joins the deep rotation of newcomers Freddy Garcia and Adam Eaton, rising lefty Cole Hamels and veteran Jamie Moyer. The Phillies also have Jon Lieber on their hands, who could be on his way to the trading block.
The darker side to this American Dream is of course Myers' taking some time off last season following his arrest for hitting his wife in the face during a lover's quarrel near Fenway Park. The charge was dropped in October, so I won't go there.
Myers was selected as the 12th overall pick in the 1999 amateur draft, and has a 54-40 career record with a 4.34 ERA in 140 starts and one relief appearance.
Editors note: Will someone please put a leash on those caterpillars Myers calls eyebrows?