Eyre Retires

eyre.jpgI talked with Scott Eyre this morning and he told me that he is retiring.

He said even if the Phillies had improved their offer — they offered a Minor League deal — he still probably would have retired. Eyre seemed to be in good spirits following his decision, although Eyre always seems to be in good spirits.

Eyre went 5-1 with a 1.61 ERA in 61 appearances after he joined the Phillies in an Aug. 2008 trade with the Cubs. He won two National League championships and one World Series.

Not a bad way to go out.

Eyre truly is one of baseball’s good guys. Always friendly. Always helpful. I’ve never heard anybody say a bad word about him. People always ask me, “Who are the good guys on the team?” Eyre is one of them. He really seemed to appreciate that he got to play professional baseball for 13 years, and he seemed to savor every day at the ballpark.

Eyre recalled some of his best moments in baseball:

Favorite moment: “Obviously, the last out of the (2008) World Series. But probably my favorite moment was (Aug. 12, 1998). I got a spot start two days before my oldest son (Caleb) was born. Now I wasn’t the greatest starter. I think I was a pretty decent reliever in my career … but I got a spot start against the A’s. I threw five no-hit innings. We won the game, 2-0. It was me, Keith Foulke, Bobby Howry and Bill Simas. I struck out Rickey Henderson. I was a young kid in 1998, and that was one of the coolest things that ever happened to me. I still tell Caleb, ‘Two days before you were born I had the best start of my career.'”

Welcome to the Big Leagues Moment: “I came up in August ’97 with the White Sox. I made my first start in Anaheim and lost. I made my next start in Seattle, the night before Randy Johnson struck out 19 (on Aug. 8, 1997). The best part is that Jamie Moyer was in the dugout across from me. They just had that game on TV. My son was like, ‘What is it?’ I said, ‘Randy Johnson struck out 19 White Sox that day.’ He said, ‘He struck out Frank Thomas?’ I said, “Yeah, Frank Thomas. And Albert Belle and Mike Cameron and Chris Snopek …”

Coolest Moment: “I was with the Blue Jays in ’02 and I came in to pitch at Dodger Stadium for the first time (June 20, 2002). I grew up a Dodger fan. I went to a few games as a kid. I saw Dusty Baker play live as a kid. I got his autograph, and then he was my manager, which was pretty cool. Stuff like that I’ll never forget. I don’t even remember who I faced that day. My dad is like, ‘How do you not remember who you faced?” I was like, ‘Dad, I couldn’t give a crap.’ But the batter hit into a double play. I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh. I just pitched at Dodger Stadium.’ And as I was walking off the field I was saying to myself, ‘And Vin Scully is saying my name right now.’ I met Vin Scully a couple years ago at Wrigley Field. I went up to the booth and talked to him for about 10 minutes. I told him that story. I don’t know if he remembers that story today, but I do and it’s the coolest.”

I think you can tell that Eyre loved his job, which he did very well for the Phillies.

*

The Zo Zone is on Facebook and Twitter.

16 Comments

Best of luck Scott! And, thanks!

Good stuff. Hopefully his future outside of baseball will also contain many wonderful moments.

Todd, thanks for adding these quotes to your blog. Your article was great too.

Sad to see Scott go…I wish him the best in the next chapter of life!
So now, what will the Phillies do to get a lefty in that pen?? Looks like it may be Romero and a rookie. We shall see…

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

We can’t forget to point out that Scott kept an excellent blog, at .

Ed

Geez, the guy pitched 5 innings of no-hit ball in his first start and they took him out of the game.
Sorry to see you go, Scott. Stay healthy, you may get a call around June or July…

World f-ing champs

Thanks for the insight there evil, it really adds a lot to the discussion. What, you get tossed from the the evil empire blog so you come here? Now take off your tin foil Yankees cap and come up from the basement, your Mom’s calling you, it’s time for dinner.

Thanks Scott! Hope you meet the Griswolds on the road :-). Enjoy your time with your family.

evilempire27,

You are the world’s biggest tool and I have visual proof:

http://www.plentyoffish.com/member15623472.htm

Go back to masturbating in your basement and stay off this blog you f**king d*****bag.

What an idiot. evilempire27 used to use his e-mail address as his screen name and now he uses his looooooser name from a pathetic dating website. He’s made a mistake putting his mug on there. I can see the ladies throwing up in their collective mouths as we speak!
I guees he’s a Star Wars geek too. I wonder if he dresses up as Darth Vader or Princess Leia?

Myers signs with the Astros for one year and 5 million, with an option. Figured that to be his ceiling for this year. I expect him to have a good year and get an extension.

Interesting phan52. Are you just speculating that evilempire27 is the same loser as tcd133@aol.com or did you find some proof linking the two? I sure would hate for him to get a bunch of spam and viruses in his inbox!

I’m not speculating, utley. It’s him. He thinks he is busting my chops with his ‘world f-ing champs’ thing, while he doesn’t realize that he is quoting our All-Star, HOF-bound second baseman.

Thanks for confirming phan52. I’ve also tried to ask him why he keeps simply quoting Utley and what he hopes to gain with that strategy. Maybe he doesn’t realize that he’s doing it because he’s a f**king moron?

Great entry Todd! Thanks.

I wish Scott Eyre all the best in his retirement.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 305 other followers

%d bloggers like this: