Myers plans to keep emotions in check for Opening Day
Brett Myers, in his first public comments since he was told he was going to start on Opening Day for the Astros, downplayed the assignment, saying he didn’t want to get too worked up and lose focus of the task at hand.
Astros manager Brad Mills said Friday that Myers would get the ball April 1 when Houston begins the season in Philadelphia against the Phillies. Myers will be the first Astros pitcher other than Roy Oswalt to start on Opening Day since Wade Miller in 2002. Oswalt had made eight consecutive Opening Day starts, a club record.
“If I read too much into it, it’s like one of those things where you get too amped up for something and then you have to control your emotions and be able to pitch,” Myers said. “It is Opening Day and it’s kind of like a playoff game, but you’re starting the season. So you have to control your emotions and try to make pitches and don’t get too hyped up. I’m not thinking too much about it right now.”
This will be Myers’ fourth Opening Day assignment in five years. He was the Phillies’ Opening Day starter from 2007-09, and he said he doesn’t anticipate any extra emotions pitching against his former team.
“I won’t know until I get there,” he said. “I pitched there last year so I think I should be OK. It is Opening Day and there will be a lot of adrenaline going. I try not to think too much about it and go out there and make pitches.”