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Well, At Least One Phillie Is Hitting

By Wyatt Earp | June 25, 2006

Myers, preparing for a quiet night at home with the wife.

On Friday morning, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Brett Myers allegedly beat his wife on their way back to their Boston hotel room. The Phillies were in the middle of a series with the Red Sox. Witnesses say that Myers’ wife Kim had a swollen face and that the hurler hit her once or twice and pulled her hair. Allegedly. Myers was arrested by Boston Police after officers saw Kim Myers’ injuries.

As is usually the case in domestic violence incidents, Myers’ wife now does not want to press charges, and actually paid Myers’ bail. For any other team, this incident would be cause for great embarrassment.

Not for the Philadelphia Phillies, whose off-field “hitters” are more infamous than the ones on the diamond.

Phillies General Manager Pat Gillick stated that the club never considered suspending Myers – because felons are the norm in sports today, I guessand allowed Myers to pitch the next night against the Sox! When asked about this insanity, Gillick replied, “I don’t know that it’s an embarrassment.”

No Pat, of course it isn’t. Myers just allegedly beat his wife. Why would the team be embarrassed? Last year, infielder Jason Michaels assaulted a police officer in front of a dozen witnesses on South Street. He played the next available game. Why would the team be embarrassed? In 2003, pitcher Terry Adams was arrested for hitting his wife. Why would he be embarrassed? In 2002, Marlon Byrd was arrested for hitting his girlfriend. Why would the team be embarrassed?

As of Saturday, the Phillies were 35-38, eleven games behind the first-place Mets. And that is not even close to being the biggest embarrassment for this club.

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6 Responses to “Well, At Least One Phillie Is Hitting”

  1. rt Says:
    June 25th, 2006 at 8:23 pm

    Of course they want to keep Meyers playing. It is the only time we ever hear, “Swing and hit” from Harry Kalas anymore.

  2. grimjack Says:
    June 26th, 2006 at 10:57 am

    At least Myers was sorry that it went public. Not sorry that he beat a woman, supposedly the one he loves, but that he got caught beating a woman. I’m glad the people of Boston gave him the appropriate welcome.

  3. fmragtops Says:
    June 26th, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    C’mon Wyatt. Ease up, you can’t blame the guy. He gives up an average of 10 hits/9 innings. Home is the only place where he passes out more hits than he gives up.

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 26th, 2006 at 4:20 pm

    RT – I may pick him up in GOP and the City’s fantasy league . . . for his hitting only.

    Grim – I heard that, too. What a scumbag.

    Fm – He’s a Cy Young candidate at home, I guess. Every sports talk show I heard today all agreed that he should have pitched. Unbelievable. And they wonder why baseball is dying.

  5. fmragtops Says:
    June 26th, 2006 at 7:14 pm

    I’m telling you, you got it all wrong. He was just explaining to his wife what Big Papi was going to do to him the following night.

  6. Big Cuz Says:
    June 26th, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    One huge bucket of AIDs for Brett Myers. Up until Friday when my padre broke the news to me, I was happy I spent the money for a 6 game plan. Now I hear the crapper flushing.

    This is really off-color, but anybody else think Brett Myers picture should be under the Joey Vento “When ordering, please speak English” sign?