Brett Myers had one of the key at bats among many last night. His strikeout with no outs and the bases loaded in the 13th was, obviously, one Charlie Manuel planned.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel intentionally walked Jayson Werth and Eric Bruntlett to bring up the pitcher spot. It was the right move for Manuel, since the Phillies had already used their best hitting pitcher (Cole Hamels). But Charlie Manuel’s decision to keep the bat on Myers’ shoulders was genius.
“You can follow orders,” Manuel said to Myers when he returned from the at bat.
“They were saying, ‘Let him fake squeeze,’” Manuel said. “I added, ‘No, because Victorino might break for the plate.’”
Myers, as Todd Zolecki pointed out, looked the part in his at bat. He was fired up when he grabbed his helmet. He sauntered out to the on-deck circle, and the crowd went ballistic, as if he was a rock star (of course). That he hopped out after every pitch was hilarious, but in all, it was a surreal moment, and a defining one for this team. The character was out in spades last night.