The disconnect between the Phillies and the public has never been deeper as Brett Myers is welcomed back with open arms in San Francisco.
Myers issued a statement to the media yesterday but
entertained no questions. "I have been humbled greatly by this
problem," said Myers, "And I deeply regret any incident that
Brett Myers timeline
Eyewitness accounts and police say Myers allegedly grabbed his wife by the hair and smacked her in the face alongside a Boston street back on June 22. The team faced a public outcry days later when Myers was allowed to pitch his next turn in Boston, generating a perception of apathy toward domestic violence. Following a scathing editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer and mounting pressure from the public, Myers was granted a leave of absence to receive family counseling in Florida. In the meantime, Phillies chairman Bill Giles said eyewitnesses saw something in Boston that didn’t actually happen, and that Myers was actually trying to “help” Kim Myers. Hours later, Phillies president David Montgomery said Giles misinterpreted what happened.
Yesterday, the latest chapter saw Myers’ return to the team in San Francisco, with continued quotes from the Phillies about conflicting reports on what happened that night in Boston. Speaking to the Inquirer, Mike Lieberthal had this to say:
"I think the players are behind him," catcher Mike Lieberthal said. "From what the players have heard, I'm not sure how much at fault he is. You've got conflicting reports.”
Nobody seems to know for sure what happened, but every single act on the part of the Phillies displays a conviction that the incident isn’t as severe as ithe public believes.
--- Myers was allowed to pitch the day after his arrest, and it’s likely he would have continued to pitch if the public flogging hadn’t been so severe.
-- Following a briefing between Montgomery and Giles, Giles came away from the conversation convinced Myers was trying to “help” his wife, indicating Myers himself was somewhat of victim.
-- Speaking on behalf of players, Mike Lieberthal says players don’t believe he’s entirely at fault
Is it spin, or are the Phillies truly convinced his actions didn't happen the way they were alleged?
Either way, the cavernous scarring between the Phillies and the public has never been deeper. As a devoted fan, who writes daily on the Phillies for pure enjoyment, I’ve rarely felt so betrayed as I have the last few weeks.