In this new “10 questions with…“ series here at The Bell, I’ll be interviewing various individuals with some connection to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The interviews will take place in a Q&A format where I ask each of them 10 questions involving themselves and their history with the ball club and hopefully get their insight on the current team.
The respondents are always asked to be as long or as short as they like with their responses, so the content length differs with each interview. You can find a link to prior installments in the series in the drop-down box at the “Phillies” section of our website toolbar.
Next up is Scott Eyre, who was a member of the Phillies bullpen group with the 2008 World Series champions and the 2009 National League pennant winners. Those were the final two seasons in what was a 13-year career in Major League Baseball for the southpaw.
Eyre pitched in the 2002 World Series with the San Francisco Giants and led the National League with 86 appearances during the 2006 season while in San Francisco. He also pitched in the postseason with both the 2003 Giants and the 2007 Chicago Cubs after starting his career with the Chicago White Sox.
Over his two seasons with the Phillies, Eyre went 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 1.105 WHIP over 44.1 innings pitched across 61 games. He allowed 30 hits and had a 40/19 K:BB ratio.
Over a dozen postseason appearances with the Phillies, Eyre had a 2.45 ERA and allowed nine hits over 7.1 innings. He earned a ‘Hold’ in Games 3 & 4 of the 2008 Fall Classic against the Tampa Bay Rays and also in Games 3 & 4 of the 2009 NLDS victory over the Colorado Rockies.
10 Questions: Scott Eyre
1. Your bio says that you were born in California, went to high school in Utah, then college in Idaho. Can you give fans a little personal background on where you grew up and your earliest days playing baseball, including your family/moves?
SE: So, I was born in Inglewood, California. I also lived in Anaheim for a few years after my parents divorced. Not that long after that my grandpa passed away. So my grandma bought us a house in West Valley, Utah for us five kids and my momma. Southern Idaho Junior College was the only college offer I got and was lucky to get it. So, that’s where I ended up.
2. Any special memories of being notified that you had been drafted by the Texas Rangers in the ninth round of the 1991 MLB Amateur Draft?
SE: Special memories, ya…I was actually at my friend Shane’s house. My mom had to track me down. There were no cell phones back then. I thought she was joking around!
3. After a couple of years in the Rangers organization you were dealt to the Chicago White Sox. Was that first trade a shocker?
SE: Traded in spring training. Yes, a total shocker. I got asked to go get ready to throw an inter-squad game as I was doing a chart while watching another minor league game. I had pitched in a game a couple days earlier. So, I got ready and pitched three innings vs our other A-ball team. Next morning, I was told that I was traded to the White Sox.
4. You were primarily a starting pitcher into the 1998 season. That year in Chicago your GM was Ron Schueler and manager Jerry Manuel. How did they approach you regarding the switch to a pen role, and how did you feel about it?
SE: No approaching involved. I was simply told I’d be in the bullpen moving forward that year. It was better than getting sent down to the minors.
5. From 2002-05 you played with Barry Bonds in San Francisco. Any stories, special memories – and how do you feel about his Hall of Fame case?
SE: Best story for me that involves Barry would be that I was getting ready for a Sunday day game in 2004. Kids were allowed in the clubhouse in San Francisco all the time, even before and during games. So, I’m looking for my kid so that I can take him to the daycare before I go to the dugout, and he is over sitting in Barry’s lap watching the game. Barry wasn’t playing obviously. I said “Hey, let’s go so I can get you to daycare.” Barry nicely says “We’re watching the game, leave us alone.” The soft side of the man.
6. You appeared in 10 postseason games with the Giants in 2002, including three games in the World Series vs the Angels. Any special memories of that first playoff experience?
SE: Ya, I was warming up for my first World series game and Robb Nen could tell I was nervous. So, he dropped the ‘Hoosiers’ line on me about the rim still only being 10 feet.
SIDE NOTE: “Hoosiers” is probably my own personal all-time favorite sports movie, and the scene that Scott has Nen referencing is excellent sports psychology stuff. Gene Hackman as coach Norman Dale tries to ease the minds of his small-town high school team as they enter a huge arena for their big Indiana state finals game.
7. On August 7 2008 you get traded from a first-place Chicago Cubs team with the best record in the NL to a first-place Phillies team. How did you learn of the deal, and how did you initially feel about it?
SE: I heard about the trade while I was driving my RV home from Chicago. I knew that I had seven days to clear waivers, so my wife and I packed up and were going to drive home before I got traded anywhere. I was excited to have a fresh start in Philadelphia, yes. I just couldn’t seem to get comfortable in Chicago.
8. You were fantastic down the stretch for that 2008 Phillies club. For fans who don’t remember: 19 games, 14.1 IP, 8 H, 3-0 record, 1.88 ERA, 18/3 K:BB. Were you feeling as good as your results and any reason you think that your performance improved that year once arriving in Philly?
SE: Thank you for reminding me. I didn’t do anything different in Philly. But Charlie Manuel seemed to have lots of confidence in me as soon as I got there, and that made all the change I needed.
9. The obvious – can you share a few of your favorite memories of the 2008 postseason and parade?
SE: Parade memories…lots of them! But my fave memory is being on the float with my kids and wife. Sappy, I know. But to be able to share that with them was and will always be special. My other favorite moment is that whenever we threw our hands up, someone out in the crowd would throw us a beer!
10. Do you follow the current Phillies and, if so, can you share any thoughts on their current team, especially the pitching staff?
SE: I don’t follow the current Phillies as closely as I want to, mainly because I’m just too busy with my son’s baseball and our small farm and the six dogs, five cats, and three horses.