*Did I miss something, but when the hell did Brett Myers become one of the elite closers of the Majors? I'm tired of Phils announcers and commenters on blogs suggesting this. I don't know about the rest of you, but I reserve that distinction for the likes of Mariano Rivera, Francisco Rodriguez, Billy Wagner, Trevor Hoffman, and a few others...not Brett Myers. Myers and his 5.10 era and career 12 saves do not belong in the same sentence as the above closers. I understand Brett is probably this teams' best option at closer right now, but he doesn't belong there, he's a starter and should be starting. Myers seems too wrapped up in the image of being a closer (ridiculous facial hair, what music he comes out to) instead of just focusing on getting batters out. Also, since going to relief he tries to strike everyone out, and that leads to over-pitching and hanging some pitches that then become meatballs in the seats. After last night's debacle Brett took his frustration out on a reporter, calling the homeruns "pop ups" and the reporter questioning him a "retard" and had to be restrained by Pat Burrell...Myers' wife was thankful.
*Speaking of retards- Charles Fuqua Manuel, one of the highest paid R-Tards in America, showed once again last night why he is indeed stupid. He pulled Kyle Lohse after only 84 pitches of 1-run ball in the bottom of the 7th. He must think he can defy the law of averages because relying on our bullpen to get that many outs is crazy. If you limit the amount of outs the bullpen needs to get in a game you then lower the amount of chances they have to screw up. I understand this, why can't someone on the Phils coaching staff?! Why the hell did he HAVE to pitch Tom Gordon in the 8th? "I liked Romero there and we had our bullpen set up," Manuel said. *What exactly was our "bullpen set up" to do...blow the f'n lead?! While I'm bitching about Fuqua, why the hell did he pinch run Nunez for Burrell? The stupidity never ceases.
*I'm not a fan of violence unless it's funny- like senseless beating of bums (just kidding), but Milton Bradley deserves a pitch in the ear-hole of his helmet. His theatrics during this homestand have been appalling. He has talent and his homeruns have been shots, but the whipping of the bat, bowing, trash talking, and all other nonsense needs to stop. He had this to say in his defense, "I'm just having fun. They're telling me I'm no good, I'm telling them I am that good. It feels good to come through and help this team win. I'm not trying to entice the crowd. I'm just living in the moment. This has the atmosphere of a playoff game and I love that. I'm at my best in situations like that." Note to Milton- shut the F up, after all it's only a game.
*Did anybody else hear the ump yell, "That f**king ball was down!", to the Padres bench? Classy move boy in blue, real upstanding guy you are.
*After watching the bullpen implode yet again, and witnessing the lineup strand 726 runners yet again, and painfully sitting through our manager making dumbass decisions yet again, here's my solution...