This past Friday Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brett Myers was arrested for beating his wife in public. In the days since we have seen what is wrong with the Phillies organization and why it’s the worst in all of pro sports.
Myers was arrested around 1 A.M. Friday, June 23. His next start against the Red Sox was the very next day at 1:20 on national television. Phillies management chose to start him. Let me tell you all the reasons why this was wrong:
- He beat a woman in public. At the point where someone does this in public, you have to wonder what goes on in private. He probably has a problem. Give him and the team a day off to figure things out.
- The Phillies say it was a business decision and that this was his job and turn in the rotation. I have to think that Myers head wasn’t in the game 100%. Why not delay his start by a game or two?
- National television. Allowing him to pitch in this game was almost like congratulating him.
In the days since the Phillies have chosen not to comment leading to a firestorm of criticism here in Philadelphia. Instead of getting ahead of the story, they’ve allowed talk radio to run with it. All it would have taken was a statement saying that they don’t condone violence against women and that they will make sure, pending the investigation, that they take all steps to make sure Myers gets treatment and counseling. They could have even suspended him – Kenny Rogers got a 20 game suspension and a $50,000 fine (later reduced). Isn’t this worse?
Fact of the matter this is just another example as to why this organization is the worst in sports (they’re on pace to lose the 10,000 game in team history some time next year). They don’t care about public opinion and they don’t know how to run a team. Honestly they don’t even know how to run a business. I’ve been watching the Phillies for some 30 years now and they disgust me. From their ignorance of the fans to their inability to do the basics o winning more than you lose.
Back to the Myers situation. I’m sorry to focus on the baseball aspects of such a horrible action, but honestly I was writing the rant when this happened. It was almost as if they wanted to prove my point. The Phillies need someone to come to this team to teach them how to play, how to win, and maybe more importantly: how to be men. Until then, they deserve all bad that happens to them.
Breaking news: Apparently Brett Myers has taken a leave of absense.