01/25/08 1:04 PM ET
Myers comfortable in starting role
Right-hander talks about switch during online chat
By / MLB.com
Brett Myers: What's up, guys? I'm taking a break from shooting commercials to take your questions. I'm excited to be here, so let's get started.
mcelser: Other than Citizens Bank Park, what is your favorite ballpark to pitch in?
Myers: I'd say Wrigley Field because that was the site of my Major League debut.
mcelser: What player did you look up to most growing up as a kid?
Myers: Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens.
jerseylady: This is very exciting ... getting to chat with you and of course, knowing the 2008 season is at hand. You're my favorite Phillies player and thanks for a great season. My first question is: do you have a nickname?
Myers: Actually, I don't have a nickname. Maybe the fans could come up with something creative for me.
mets__low: Besides you or Cole Hamels, what pitcher has the most potential to be a difference maker for the Phillies this year?
Myers: I can't really say one guy over another. To me, I think everybody has their different pitching styles, but we all feed off of each other.
mets__low: What player or coach has been the most influential to your success since you've been with the Phillies? And why?
Myers: Rod Nichols, who is our Triple-A pitching coach right now. As a young kid going into Class A, he basically kept me in check and taught me about things about the game that I didn't know. He was a great influence and still is.
jerseylady: How many tattoos do you have? Care to share where they are?
Myers: I have my kids' names on my left arm, along with my last name. It's kind of like a half sleeve. I have one on my wrist that is a tribal baseball, and I have my ring finger tattooed with my wife's initials.
dukerdogs: When you're on the road, who do you most often hang out with?
Myers: We are all a pretty close group and do a lot of things together as a team.
Thanatos: Did you enjoy the feeling of closing games?
Myers: I loved it and would love to do it again someday in Philadelphia. But, at the same time, I'm excited to be back in the rotation. Like the 1993 Phillies said -- "Whatever it takes."
Thanatos: Which new Phillies acquisition do you look forward to getting to know?
Myers: I just met Brad Lidge this morning and he seems like a great guy. I think we have some stuff in common on the pitching side of things.
hobokendan: Brett, will your first few regular-season starts be strange or uncomfortable since you got used to the closer's role?
Myers: No. I was a starter for such a long time that I feel comfortable making the switch back. And that's really what Spring Training is for anyway, to prepare us for the season.
Thanatos: If you could play any other position, which position would you like to play?
Myers: Anywhere. I just love playing. But in high school, I played first base, right field and some third base.
franklin: Brett, would you rank the final pitch of the 2007 regular season as one of the best moments in your career?
Myers: Up to this point, it is the highlight of my baseball career. But I hope it doesn't stay that way, because we have bigger goals.
slrmp97: How does it feel knowing when the Phils were looking for the best starting pitcher available this offseason, they decided you were it?
Myers: It's a great feeling that the organization has that kind of confidence in me. Hopefully, the fans feel the same way.
mcelser: If the Phillies ran into a problem again this season where they needed someone to close out games, would you take that role again this season?
Myers: I'm here to pitch and get the team to the playoffs. Whatever it takes is what I will give. Whether that is starting or closing, it doesn't matter to me.
Thanatos: When you become a free agent, will you be willing to take a hometown discount to remain with the Phillies or look to join another team?
Myers: I love this city and the fans, and I really would like to finish my career here. I've never known another organization and have no desire to go anywhere else.
utley512: What are your goals for the season, for yourself and for the team?
Myers: Personally, my goal is to win 20 games. For the team, obviously winning a World Series is our collective goal, and I think we have the guys to do it.
hobokendan: Can you describe what it was like as you took the mound to start the ninth on the last day of the season?
Myers: If it wasn't for the fans, I wouldn't have had as much adrenaline and emotion as I did. I could feel it in the air how much the fans wanted it and I wanted it just as bad or more than they did. It was awesome.
Thanatos: How do you prepare to start a game?
Myers: On my day to start, I am very quiet and don't talk to anybody. It's not something that's planned, it just happens. Most pitchers are quiet on the day they pitch.
Thanatos: Which team do you most look forward to beating this next season?
Myers: One-hundred percent and without a doubt, the New York Mets.
hobokendan: Did you get a chance to rock out with the band this offseason?
Myers: I haven't, but I still play the guitar a lot. I still like to shred.
Thanatos: How superstitious are you regarding baseball?
Myers: I'm not really that superstitious.
Thanatos: When you retire, what type of pitcher do you want fans to think of you as: power pitcher like Nolan Ryan, workhorse like Livan Hernandez, finesse pitcher like Tommy John, or control pitcher like Christy Matthewson?
Myers: It would be great if I could have a little bit of all of them in myself.
hobokendan: Brett, can you explain the significance of the sign that read "WORD" in the Phils bullpen last season?
Myers: It's funny that you noticed that. We called Jayson Werth that sometimes, and every time he got a hit and trotted out to right field, we would point at the sign. He was one of the team's hottest hitters when the sign was up.
dukerdogs: Who is the best golfer on the team?
Myers: Me, because I score the highest. Isn't it all about scoring the most points?
Myers: I only have time for a couple more.
Thanatos: Do you feel like you would ever play for the Mets, considering the rivalry between the Phils and Mets?
Myers: Never say never, but I seriously doubt it. As I stated earlier, I have a lot of love for this city and that would seem really weird. I wouldn't want to feel like a traitor!
Thanatos: Who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl?
Myers: Neither team. None of my teams -- the Packers, Eagles or Jaguars -- made it. But I will be watching along with everyone else on Feb. 3.
Myers: Thanks, guys! This was fun, but I have to get back to our commercial shoot. We should do this more often.
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