What has impressed you most about Cole Hamels in these
playoffs so far?
BRETT MYERS: Well, he's definitely matured over the
course of this year, as a person and as a player on the field. He has
a lot of confidence in himself, and he definitely has the intensity to
go out there and win ball games.
And he doesn't like giving up runs and he definitely gets irritated
with himself when he does, and he's just a really good competitor.
And everybody on this team is, but as a starting pitcher he really
has shown a lot of confidence and a lot of strength to go out there
and compete every day.
How much did you get out of your experience closing and is
there anything you miss about it?
BRETT MYERS: Actually, experience wise, compared to
what I'm doing now, nothing. I mean, it's not the same thing. I
think that's probably why I struggled early this year. I thought it
was the same thing and it wasn't. But definitely was fun. I love
doing it. But we got somebody back there that's pretty doggone
good. So I don't mind where I'm at right now.
I'm wondering, how do you go about for the entire season, you
know when you're going to pitch every time, four days and then
pitch. And today you have no idea what your schedule is going to
be. How does that change things for you?
BRETT MYERS: You've just got to be ready for the
schedule that I'm the Game 6 starter. So I've got to be ready for
anything. So it's kind of better for me that way. That way I don't
have to focus too much on the next start so much, I just kind of go
out there and just do my job.
So it's a little bit better that way. And there's not a lot of focus on
everything that's going on. You can just go out there, relax, watch
the game. After the game, whatever the situation is, that's when
you start concentrating on what you need to do.
If this does go back to Philadelphia, is it easy to say, well, we
still have the advantage because we've got two games at
BRETT MYERS: No, I mean, they're a really good team.
It doesn't matter where you play them. We're fortunate to be up
3-1 right now. But they're still a tough team. They're a scrappy
team. And they've got a lot of intensity in their lineup and stuff like
I mean, you can see that over the past couple of days when we
played them. And it's still going to be tough no matter what.
They're a Major League ball club and they've gotten this far by
If your team is fortunate enough to get to the World Series
and you would pitch Game 2 in the American League city, you
probably wouldn't hit. Good thing or bad thing?
BRETT MYERS: I don't know. Maybe bad for me. Good
for them. I don't know. No. I'm just kidding. No, it's probably -- it
would be easier for me to focus on just pitching instead of worrying
about having to go up there and hit and stuff like that.
Charlie sent you down to the bullpen the other night I think
late. I was wondering what your reaction was to that and did you
look forward to an opportunity to close a game?
BRETT MYERS: I don't think I would be in there to close
a game. The opportunity -- I was the guy that probably had the
experience down there, and it's easier to get -- it's kind of like a
transition. I feel like I had split personalities going from starter
and going back into the bullpen the other night. I felt like I was
back closing again. It was easy to get loose when they called down
for me to get warmed up.
I think they called early just so I would have more time since I've
been starting all year. But I didn't need much time, believe me,
especially when the adrenalin starts going.
Billingsley didn't retaliate, if you will, in Game 2, some people
thought maybe he should have. If you were in that situation, do
you know how you may have responded, and did you have any
reaction to ...
BRETT MYERS: As far as I'm concerned, the situation is
over. It's not a big deal anymore. It was at the time. But not
If I'm in that situation, who knows what's going to happen. But
you've got to protect your teammate at some point. But nothing
from my end was intentional. But if that's the way people take it,
then that's the way they take it.
You've been there for a while. You've seen these players come
up through the system and sort of make up the team that you
have, and now you guys are in a pretty good position. How much
more special is it that you've got largely a home grown team with a
lot of prominent players who have been Phillies all along?
BRETT MYERS: I think it's better for our chemistry in
the clubhouse. We've known each other for quite a long time. And
even through the Minor Leagues and stuff like that, they made the
guys able to access us as big leaguers to talk to us and stuff like
We've all pretty much known each other for quite a while. It's a
little easier to get along. There's not too many spats in the
clubhouse, and it's over in a couple of minutes. You have to have
some thick skin around these guys, but it's all in good fun.
A lot has been made of your plate appearances but once you
were on the base you were able to run them with a degree of
urgency. And a lot has been made of your conditioning over the
years. What kind of condition are you in right now and do you
think that ...
BRETT MYERS: I'm in good enough to pitch and run the
That's the thing. Are you in some of the best shape of your
BRETT MYERS: No.
Because it doesn't seem to -- doesn't have an effect on you.
BRETT MYERS: No, I mean, I'm a baseball player.
When you get out there, the adrenalin goes through your blood and
stuff like that, you're going to run as hard as you can no matter
what. I've never, despite my size, I've never really been out of
shape. I've always been able to run. So I don't think weight has
anything to do with anything. But thanks for the question.
Brett, a lot of times when a manager doesn't have a pitching
background, there is a stress there. Now, Charlie (Manuel) has
been called a lifer by Torre a couple of times in this series. Do you
feel like Charlie gets pitchers and pitching and the way you guys
BRETT MYERS: Charlie is just a good guy to be around.
He doesn't really discuss pitching to us. But more or less
fundamentals of pitching, maybe, like kind of like situational
pitching, stuff like that. Not mechanical or how to get guys out or if
you're flying open or anything like that.
He's just more of a situational type guy. And it's easy to talk to him
about situations about how he feels about stuff because he's been
around the game for a long time.
I was wondering if there's any talk of you going back early in
preparation for possible Game 6?
BRETT MYERS: I'm not going anywhere. Are you
crazy? I'm not going to miss this.
Did anyone approach you?
BRETT MYERS: No, I've never been the type of guy that
wants to go back early. If anything, I'm going to sit here and
support my teammates. I'm there patting them on the back, no
matter good or bad. I'm staying, regardless.
Curious how your ankle feels. And the second thing is,
obviously lots made of Victorino, but the other guys, Howard and
Rollins, haven't done a whole lot, because eventually they are going
to break out?
BRETT MYERS: Yeah, Dodgers have been doing a great
job of keeping those guys isolated and not giving up the big hits to
them. But at some point, as good as they are and as good of
players they are, they're going to break out at some point, whether
it be one game, whether it be two games, whether it be three or
four in a row.
And that's just the type of players they are. And they want to be in
the spotlight just like the rest of us, and they're playing as hard as
they can. And they're team players, too, so they're there to pat us
all on the back when somebody picks them up.
That's what we've been doing all year, picking up a guy that might
not have done his job at the at bat before, somebody comes in and
picks him up, or a pitcher that doesn't go out and pitch very well,
the guy comes in behind and pitches well, picks him up. That's part
of what a team does and I think that's what we do well.
BRETT MYERS: My ankle is fine. Just tape it up. I've
been icing it. I should be ready to go.
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