Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin says cut Brett Myers some slack.
Conlin compares Myers to former Phils pitcher Dickie Noles, who was a drug addict, and former Phils outfielder Jason Michaels, who now plays for the Indians and last season was charged with assault.
Noles hit bottom on April 9, 1983. He did not bounce. During a Saturday night of binge drinking in Cincinnati with a Cubs teammate who had just been released from the team, the former Phillies righthander assaulted a police officer in front of a bar.
The Cubs posted bail, but Noles faced the same serious charges that ex-Phils outfielder Jason Michaels skated away from with a pink wrist last season. And like Michaels, Dickie’s short-term career didn’t skip a beat. On Monday, April 11, he made his scheduled start for manager Lee Elia. The Cubs president was a guy named Dallas Green. So, you see, it is true that the more things seem to change the more they really remain the same.
Dallas Green, of course, was the GM of the 1980 World Series champion Phillies team and is now a Phillies executive. And Noles directs the Phillies Employee Assistance Program and – that’s right – he’s the guy who’s been counseling Myers and his wife Kim since the incident in Boston.
Conlin points to Noles as an example of how athletes can turn their lives around and says that we should give Myers a chance to redeem himself. Phillies fans, believe it or not, seem to agree with Conlin. The San Francisco fans were unbelievably civil when Myers made his return to the Phis rotation against the Giants yesterday.
What do you think? Does Myers deserve another chance?