Brett Myers is angry.
The Phillies dropped him (and Kyle Kendrick) from the NLCS roster, in favor of Chan Ho Park and Eric Bruntlett. That’s old news.
What’s new about it is that Brett’s contract explodes this coming winter, and his newfound teenage-like angst is possible fuel for a release.
Let me rewind here for a sec and say that I wasn’t confused by the roster move, but I wasn’t jumping for joy. I saw Kendrick pitch a few times after his return late in the season and he wasn’t awful. Stellar, actually. I was impressed. Park comes and goes, and Bruntlett’s… another bat, at the very least (the very, very least).
But the switch didn’t have the biggest impact on me, when I think about each of the four players involved and their contributions throughout the year.
Although when the announcer said during one of the NLDS games that “the only bench player Charlie Manuel’s got left is Paul Bako,” I realized maybe Bruntlett could serve a purpose.
But clearly, Brett was under the impression that missing most of the season to repair himself was a ticket to the playoffs, no matter what kind of performances he laid down prior to the postseason (*Ahem* 6.43 ERA in 8 games *Cough*).
“They said I wasn’t sharp. I disagree. They told me my curveball was sharp. That contradicts itself. But whatever. I’ll stay around and support my teammates.”
Uh huh. Brett, I think it’s entirely possible for one of your pitches to look sharp, while you as a whole do not. You may have set the table real nice, but none of it matters if the kitchen’s on fire.
It’s not at all surprising if Brett’s decided to put on his sad face for this. Do I understand where he’s coming from? Yeah, that sucks, man. Really, it does, and I’m sure it sucks even more for you because you’re the one it’s happening to.
Injuries are taking their toll on your already inconsistent pitching, and it’s time to realize maybe, for now, you aren’t the sniper you were a few years back.
And right now is when the Phils are trying to win another World Series, so you’ll have to excuse the club if they want to go with who they think is going to benefit the team the most.
And not that it’s relevant, but let’s not forget about that one time he punched his wife. In the face. In public.
If this is how Brett Myers ends up leaving Philadelphia, then… sorry, dude, but the Phillies didn’t strain your upper-back muscle.