SportsCenter a joint effort between Cory and suzanne, the only two people who give half a shit about the Philadelphia Phillies.
We have been in intense negotiations over the recent Brett Myers situation. One of the things we, as Phils fans, realize is that very few people care until someone fucks up. And when someone fucks up, most people don’t care anyway. (BOOM!)
Which is why we’re wasting our time talking about this situation! So you don’t have to!
Since we’re actually sitting in the same room, a split post is in order. Cory intends to hit (get it?) the major points about why the Phils acted the way the did (waiting so long to make a statement, not pulling Myers, etc) and what they should have done in the short run. Suzanne is more interested in the long-rung: namely, how the organization should be dealing with any player who is arrested or picked up.
After Brett Myers’ drunken fiasco, the Phils organization did some rather peculiar actions in regards to dealing with Myers. First, they let him pitch the very next day. (Let’s be real, he sucked. Probably the guilt.) Second, the Phils waited a couple days after the ordeal to put out a statement of anything. They put a statement out condoning Myers’ actions and promising that “something” (and we’re not sure what past benching) would have been done. Third, they did not pressure Brett Myers to say anything until he was good and ready. Now, these things add up to Not Good™. The Phillies should have known that the backlash would have hit (no pun intended) hard, especially from women’s’ rights groups. Immediate action should have been taken, in the form of docking his pay, benching him immediately, or even a public slap on the wrist.
But why didn’t they? Simple. They need the pitching. The Phils, at that point, had lost something like 6 straight games, and Myers, being one of their starting aces, was sorely needed to pitch. His nerves the next got the best of him, and he didn’t even go half the game. The Phils dropped the ball (pun not intended again) with this one, but hopefully they learn from their mistakes. And to talk about how they should learn and what they should do in the future…
This issue raises a larger problem that I’ve seen other folks chattering about in other parts of the Philadelphia blogosphere; that problem is how the Phillies as an organization should handle any player who gets picked up by the cops.
Instead of moving quickly and doing effective damage control, the organization is scattered and doesn’t have a clear-cut method of dealing with any player who pulls a fast one and gets in trouble with the law. The idea I’m most interested in is pretty simple. If a player gets picked up for any reason, they should be quietly pulled from the active roster until the court settles the situation then the organization can decide if further punishment is necessary. I’m not calling for a player’s pay to be withheld or a media circus; I think a quiet move to wait until the criminal justice system offers some answers is the best for the organization as well as the player. It retains the privacy a player deserves while making it clear that the city of Philadelphia will not be represented by men who cannot find legal ways to amuse themselves off the field.
At this point, I’d settle for almost any sense of cohesive action, but it would make my little heart happy to know that players are encouraged to not break the law and are punished when they do. It seems pretty basic that if you break the law, you lose the privilege of playing. Period. If you want to play the game, don’t break the law. Simple. Easy.
Now can we get on it?
If anyone else hanging around actually cares about the Phils, please feel free to add your two cents.