Moniker: Brett Myers

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, February 15, 2009 07:00 PM | Comments: 58
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Every third Sunday, we’ll present “Moniker,” where we nickname a member of the Phillies, for better or worse.

Brett Myers. He doesn’t have a nickname, does he?

Despite a long career in Philadelphia, Myers is one of the only Phillie regulars who doesn’t have a real good nickname. A long-time starter who was converted to closer in 2007, Myers came back to the rotation with poor results. A demotion to the minor leagues revitalized his career, and he had a sparkling second half in 2008. That carried into the postseason, where Myers used his bat to do the talking.

Myers is one-half of his self-proclaimed Redneck Wrecking Crew, with Joe Blanton, and for a small while last season I referred to him as “The Redneck Express.” That might work, but let’s get something in cement. So go ahead: Do your bidding.

Just one caveat: Please make no references to his personal life. They’re unnecessary.

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  • Posts: 0 Brett

    Is Johnny Wacko taken yet? ……………….I really hope that’s the first Johhny Wacko joke of the season.

  • Posts: 0 Joe O'Phillie

    The Iron Phillie

  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    “Octane” would be a great nickname. He is emotional and pumped and very enthusiastic and can be very high performanc. Or “High Octane” if you would prefer a two word nickname

  • Posts: 0 jeromy

    My friends and I have been calling him Mad Dog Myers since his move to the pen in 07. I can’t imagine calling him anything else

  • Posts: 0 NateB

    how about FIRECRACKER. it totally fits his personality, he’s got a reddish goatee (Fire), and he’s a white southerner (Cracker).

  • Posts: 0 larry

    Stop trying to force nicknames on people. Everyone was trying to do it to howard 2 years ago. Nicknames don’t work when they are forced.

  • Posts: 0 jeromy

    Whoa buzz killington

  • Posts: 0 Justin

    jeromy, mad dog is taken by madson bcuz it fits his name. High Octane sounds good but it’s got to have a good ring with his name like cole train hamels or ryan mad dog madson.

  • Posts: 0 jeromy

    Yea I know about madson and I agree that fits. Bc I’ve been calling him that its hard to break from it. How bout brett the hitman myers for any old school wrestling fans out there

  • Posts: 0 Chapps

    Me and my friends have always just simply called him “Crazy” but are nicknames are normally pretty simple. With the exception of Von “The poor man’s white Darryl Strawberry” Hayes.

  • Posts: 0 therookie300

    Rock Star

  • Posts: 0 Jason B.

    Hey larry, lighten up dude, what else are we going to do while we wait for the season to begin? Lighten up and have fun dude. My pick for Myers nickname would be Wonderboy, for his offensive out put in the NLCS. I believe he had more RBIs in that series than Howard.

  • Posts: 0 Jason B.

    Just checked, he did have more Ribbies. Wonderboy is my vote.

  • Posts: 0 Tim Rich

    We lost Burrell, why not Brett “The Bat” Myers.

  • Posts: 0 the lopez!

    how about oj
    for the slap down he gave his wife in boston

    he could be called chris brown

  • Posts: 0 Tony

    Wife beater

  • Posts: 0 the lopez!

    “fort” myers
    ’cause he’s from fla

  • Posts: 0 Tim Rich

    Lopez, I think you need to reread the caveat

  • Posts: 0 therookie300

    I’m tellin’ ya. Rock Star is the way to go.

  • Posts: 0 Ari

    Myers is a hard throwing, hard living, intense competitor. His nickname needs to capture that. How about:

    fireball express

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I have “the Ape”

  • Posts: 0 philsphan

    Clay Condrey is part of the Red Neck Wrecking Crew as well

  • Posts: 0 Ed

    Bruiser (not because he hit his wife)
    Big Game Brett
    Myers the Masher
    Brett the Bat

  • Posts: 0 clktwr14

    How about this Boxer, not because of his problems in Boston, but because father is a boxing trainer in Jacksonville, and he train with him as a kid, just a thought.

  • Posts: 0 Jason B.

    “The Bat” would really capture his esscence as it contributes to the team. You know what is funny? 30 years from now when we look back at this past playoff run,when the name Myers or Blanton come up, it will be because of plate appearnces and not thier mound performance.

  • Posts: 0 zach

    funny you mentioned this right around valentines day. first me and my friends called him b my. Then that made us think of be my valentine. so now he is just simply val. as in “yo val is on the mound tonight.”

  • Posts: 0 Dave H

    Zach I like “val” that is the things that nicknames are made of. At first it makes no sense, but there is legit reasoning behind it. I like it.

  • Posts: 0 Jon

    For me, he will always be “Brett the Threat”.
    This came about in 2005 I believe in a September series against the Astros. Brett is batting and hits a screamer up the middle and right into Pettite’s leg. I told my brother how threatening he was, and thus “The Threat” was born. Just watch the man swing the bat, he swings so damn hard.

  • Posts: 0 Evan

    I’m with Tim Rich on this one. Brett the Bat. Its brings up his incredible showing against sabathia in the playoff, but is also ironic cause he’s about as much threat as a tee-ball all-star when he steps up to the plate.

  • Posts: 0 Steve

    How about “The Wife Beater” or “White Trash”

  • Posts: 0 ryan

    i like the redneck express. the redneck wrecking crew is so great for him and blanton together. i could just picture them in a pickup truck driving down a dirty road listening to lynyrd skynyrd , drinking pabst blue ribbon, and chewing tobacco.

  • Posts: 0 Nesto

    I’m going to have to agree with the name, “Brett the Threat.” When I first read your comment, Jon, I thought perhaps there was someone else in the world who happened to come up with the same title that we did, but no, it’s still just us! But really, rhyming nicknames are always so fun and cheesy. Jon and I tried coming up with rhyming nicknames for all the Phillies, but none of them work quite as well as Brett the Threat or the original, Pat the Bat.

  • Posts: 0 blough

    i like val. make it happen.

  • Posts: 0 Lewisauce

    I like “val.”

    I like “Brett the Hitman Myers” (no wife-incident intended; I’m just reaching back to my childhood WWF fandom).

    I can live with “Brett the Threat.”

    What’s with all the Mets trolls talking smack about his personal life? Oh wait, that’s right. Mets fans don’t have anything else to talk about because they haven’t made the playoffs in a couple years. Or won a championship.

  • Posts: 0 Ed

    Since Burrell is now gone, I feel like Brett is going to take up his duties as the guy that owns the Mets…thus, in honor of Pat the Bat and in prediction of Brett’s soon to be accomplishments for this season I am going to say Myers the Mets Killer

  • Posts: 0 Bear Mike

    “Beater” As in “Beater on the Bump”

    Also, for me it is “Caveman” Raw, Rugged, Brutal, Energetic….Brett “The Caveman” Myers”

  • Posts: 0 mikedee

    The Hillbilly

  • Posts: 0 Bonezy

    Brett “Oscar” Myers.

  • Posts: 0 TS

    I’d rather not have the word “redneck” associated with the Phils

  • Posts: 0 Craig


  • Posts: 0 Brendan

    How bout Ike Turner??? Greatest woman beater ever

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    How about “Rollercoaster” for all the ups and downs he had last year?

  • Posts: 0 Chuck P

    I don’t like forcing nicknames… I like Val because it’s real. It’s not something that I sat down and conspired over for an hour. It was spontaneous and has real meaning, however, it would be difficult for the general public to understand and would require an explanation every time.

    He reminds me of the bad guy on Popeye, Brutus.

  • Posts: 0 zach II

    I agree with my same-named counterpart, though I’d save the abbreviations for small talk and extend the nickname to Brett “B My Valentine” Myers, more commonly “Valentine” and when you’re talkin’ fast simply “Val”.
    A coy connection would be to consider him a martyr (like his fellow Valentines) for his duties in relief and in the minors…while he may not have had much of a choice, he didn’t fuss about it, he sacrificed his pride.

  • Posts: 0 Malcolm

    On the mound he’s a bulldog. I’ve been calling him that for years.

  • Posts: 0 gabriel

    for the tandem of brett and blanton: “Heavy B and the Redneck Express”, i’ve called fat joe ‘Heavy B’ since day one… and i like the moniker of redneck express for myers…
    i’ll also take anything involving a bud light reference for brett… brett the threat was one of the better one’s on here so far…
    brett = the big lebowski… something about him just reminds me of the dude…

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  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    Brett “The Hitman” Myers

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Brett the Bat

  • Posts: 0 Greg B

    “Octane” and “Redneck Express” are pretty good. I think “Val” is kind of a stretch and has nothing to do with his character, just a play on his abbreviated name. If you want to go that route, why not just pull out the Ronettes song, “Be my baby”? That way you have a catchy tune AND get to sing in falsetto.

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