Phillies: Q&A with former Phillies pitcher Brett Myers

Brett Myers #39 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Brett Myers #39 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA – OCTOBER 31: Philadelphia Phillies pitchers Brett Myers, right, and Cole Hamels gesture to the crowd on Broad Street in Philadelphia during a parade to celebrate winning the World Series on Friday, October 31, 2008. The Phillies defeated the Rays 4-1 to win the 2008 World Series. (Photo by Miles Kennedy/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA – OCTOBER 31: Philadelphia Phillies pitchers Brett Myers, right, and Cole Hamels gesture to the crowd on Broad Street in Philadelphia during a parade to celebrate winning the World Series on Friday, October 31, 2008. The Phillies defeated the Rays 4-1 to win the 2008 World Series. (Photo by Miles Kennedy/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Even though you guys lost game two of the World Series, you pitched great. What was it like to pitch in a World Series game that you dreamed of pitching in since your childhood?

Brett Myers: Thank you for bringing that up, the only loss we had in the World Series [laughs]. Honestly, it didn’t feel like we were in the World Series since we were in Florida. I’m not bashing Tampa Bay Rays‘ fans, but I would’ve much rather pitched in Philly. It was a much better atmosphere in Philly. Plus, I would’ve gotten to hit. Joe Blanton stole my thunder with his home run.

Who would you say was the funniest teammate of yours during your career?

Brett Myers: Ryan Madson was pretty funny. He had everybody laughing when he would use the microphone on the team bus. My face hurt a lot after hearing him [laughs].

How important was locker room chemistry during your time with the Phillies?

Brett Myers: We were all out there on agenda to win a championship whether we liked each other or not. I’m not saying we didn’t like each other but we knew what our goal was. We were highly focused after getting swept in 2007 and everything clicked in 2008. It was like a band of brothers. We spent so much time with each other.

What made you decide to hang up the cleats after 2013?

Brett Myers: My arm was on fire. I wanted to try to get through it, but I couldn’t. The last fastball I threw was only 82 miles per hour, and I threw it as hard as I could. I couldn’t even grip the weights in the weight room. It took forever to heal. Even two years after my injury, my arm was still hurting.

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