We interview a 2008 World Series champion and former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brett Myers.
A few weeks ago, fans got to read a one-on-one interview with former Philadelphia Phillies‘ catcher Chris Coste. With the current pandemic, everyone has extra time on their hands. As a result, I got a chance to interview former Phillies pitcher Brett Myers who was a first-round pick in 1999. He spent eight seasons in Philadelphia and was a part of the 2008 World Series team during his tenure. Enjoy this conversation we had with the former starting pitcher.
This conversation has been edited for clarity and length.
Tell us about how you got into baseball at a young age.
Brett Myers: I dreamed of playing in the big leagues as a seven-year-old to play. There were a lot of ups and downs along the way. You find out what type of man you are through the adversity you face. There is always a learning moment when you fail. I did boxing as a kid as well and gained a tough mentality which made me want to be the best.
Who has been a role model or influential coach in your life?
Brett Myers: I grew up admiring Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan and eventually met both of them during my career. Coaching-wise my dad really helped and pushed me along the way. My high school coaching staff helped me out a lot as well. In the pros, Rod Nichols and Brad Arnsberg were influential. They earned my trust and helped me control my emotions as a hard-nosed kid earlier in my career.
How did you overcome injuries during your career?
Brett Myers: That is the hardest thing in the world to do. You are on your own island. You want to help the team, but you can’t. It’s lonely but how you bounce back from it makes you a better man. I just tried to fight and get back as quickly as I could.