Monday, February 22, 2010

Brett Myers would rather not read a book, and does not care what you think

Is that out of context? Let's ask Brian McTaggart:

Myers admits he's a complicated man. He views himself as a good ol' southern boy from Jacksonville, Fla., who'd much rather spend time with his two children or helping coach a team of four- and five-year-old kids over reading a book or shooting the breeze in a clubhouse with reporters. The son of a boxing promoter and a former boxer himself, Myers isn't afraid of a little confrontation.

"I was the one who was always outspoken all the time, and I never cared and still kind of don't care what people think about me. If they don't know me, that can't judge me. It takes a while to get to know me. I don't trust too many people, I guess."

"I just think this is a chance for him to come in here on a one-year deal, in a different environment and knowing that he's going to get a chance to be in the rotation. I think it just provides him with a lot of motivation and a lot of opportunity to excel."

More Myers, on the backlash caused by his "stick it to Philly" comment:
"When I say things or do something, it always gets worse. It never gets better. They thought I was bashing the city of Philadelphia. I would never do that. That was my home for 10 years. That organization was my family for 10 years. It's like basically telling my brother to kiss my rear end and then telling him you're going to be there for him...

...It's just one of those things where I found myself in a worse situation. Just like the playoff thing with Hamels that never happened. The thing they were saying -- that me and him almost got in a fight ... he took me home that night and picked me up the next day to take me to the field. We really hate each other...

...I think one of the reasons why Ed signed me is because he knows I'll do anything it takes to win, whether it's using me as a pinch-hitter laying down a bunt late in a game after I screwed up the game before or whatever.

"I'll do anything it takes to win. I think losing [stinks]. I've always felt that way. The one thing I've tried to do is to tell the four- and five-year olds that 'It's not OK to lose, guys.' You don't have fun when you lose."

I like Brett Myers more and more.