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Former Phillie Brett Myers' new country music video has it all: beer, muddin', guns, and girls

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Former Phillie Brett Myers' new country music video has it all: beer, muddin', guns, and girls

First off, let me just say that I don't watch a whole lot of country music videos. But if I did, I'd expect them to look a lot like the video former Phillies starting pitcher-turned-closer Brett Myers released today.

We've had Myers on as a guest on The700Level Show to talk about his music endeavors but this is the first time we've seen a music video out of him.

The song is called "Good Times" and it's about just having some good times down in the country.

It features all of the good-times things you'd expect: beer, guitars, muddin', pickup trucks, Crown Royal, four wheelin', shooting guns into a pond, ladies covered in mud, etc.

It's good times.

Kyle Kendrick is still hurt by Brett Myers prank in 2008

Kyle Kendrick is still hurt by Brett Myers prank in 2008

Two days ago, we uncovered a prank John Kruk pulled on a young Chase Utley. Kruk made him think that he had to forfeit his first major-league hit -- a grand slam.

That prank was good, but it doesn't come close to the one pulled during spring training in 2008. Then a starter for the Phillies, Brett Myers played a prank on second-year major leaguer Kyle Kendrick, who was led to believe he was traded to a team in Japan.

"It's the greatest prank of all-time in the MLB," Myers said Wednesday in a phone conversation with CSN Philly. "MLB Network ranked it the No. 1 prank of all-time."

MLB Network did rank the prank No.1 in a Prime Nine segment dedicated to MLB pranks.

Per Myers (who is now embarking on a country music career), all the credit for the prank needs to go to Leslie Gudel, formerly a reporter for CSN Philly, who was inspired by a similar prank that former Phillies pitcher Larry Andersen tried to pull off during his playing career.

Andersen's attempt was unsuccessful.

However, Myers' prank was wildly successful.

"Leslie Gudel came up to me and asked me if I wanted to be part of a prank to pull on Kyle Kendrick," Myers said. "Basically, they had run this prank a long time ago. Larry Andersen had done this to someone else. So, they asked if I could do it to someone and I said, 'Yeah, I have the perfect guy.'"

That perfect guy was Kendrick, who somehow didn't realize that a major-league player couldn't be traded to Japan, or the fact that the player Kendrick was traded for, Kobayashi, is a competitive hot dog eater.

"Now knowing me, I wanted everything covered," Myers said. "I went the extra mile to make sure that this looked as real as possible. I had to get the front office involved. I had to get Charlie (Manuel) involved. I let the media know about it -- keep them quiet. I had to get the traveling secretary involved. We had to make it look as good as possible. It took two weeks of planning to make sure everybody was on board before we pulled the prank off."

Last Sunday, Michael Silverman from the Boston Herald wrote a story on how Kendrick is still hurting from the prank and how Ruben Amaro Jr. has confronted him since now that the two are reunited with the Red Sox. 

Amaro, now a first base coach, never apologized to Kendrick while with the Phillies, but did to Kendrick this spring for his involvement in the prank.

"I don't know if Kyle actually feels that way about it," Myers said. "But for Ruben to apologize to him about the thing. … I mean for people to remember Kyle for just the prank, who cares?

"If Kyle was so hurt by it and it affected him like that, then why did he allow this guy to write this article to bring it back up? All he did was stir the prank back up and continue to let it get more views on YouTube. The 10-year-old kid that never got it, that are now 19 or 20 years old, are watching it."

Myers was able to give us an untold story about how he was pranked during practice while in the minor leagues. This prank was a little more cruel and unusual than Kendrick's, so the Red Sox's pitcher shouldn't feel so bad about what happened in 2008.

"I had guys take my clothes and put them in ice and freeze them," Myers said. "They put them in a bucket of water, then put it in the freezer. All my clothes. And I came back to a block of ice with my clothes in it. Baseball is all about pranks and being funny and having fun."

Now a country music artist, ex-Phillie Brett Myers hopes to play in Philly

Now a country music artist, ex-Phillie Brett Myers hopes to play in Philly

Much like he was on the mound, Brett Myers is giving everything he has to create a name for himself in the music industry. And he is doing it by being his "own man." 

Unlike the mainstream pop-country that appears in your head when you think of the genre, Myers has set out to be different. When asked about the country music of today, Myers does not agree with the direction it is going. His first album, "Backwoods Rebel," describes the former Phillies’ starter and his music accurately — rebellious and unconventional. Myers’ music is country with a twist of rock but holds back from the mainstream pop country of today. 

“They kill it, don’t get me wrong,” Myers said this week in a phone interview with CSNPhilly.com. “But it’s not my cup of tea. Every song is about a girl and sitting on a tailgate. I think it is pop country that is out now. Country music is about songwriting and storytelling. I see these guys like Luke Bryan singing these songs, and I see they have six guys write the song. I mean, does it really take six guys to write a song? That frustrates me because I am a singer and songwriter. I live in this world. I don’t live in their fairytale world that they are singing about. 

"I think a lot of people want to listen to their music because it takes them away from their everyday life. But I want to write about everyday life stuff. I can only write about what I know and what I’ve seen. I don’t feel like this country music stuff we listen to today really grasps real-life stuff like country music is supposed to be.” 

For the last two years Myers has dedicated himself to this craft and produced two albums — he is working on his third. At first, it was strictly writing and no singing. The former pitcher was convinced to sing and now has the itch to play in front of live audiences.  

The end goal: get back to the City of Brotherly Love. 

“My main priority this year is to play a couple shows in Philly,” Myers said. “That’s all I want to do is play a show at the Fillmore or one of those venues they have in Philly. I know half the people there would come to watch me suck. And the other half would come to see me (do well). That’s the way Philly is and I am perfectly OK with it. I would enjoy it.”

The misconception with Myers’ post-retirement career is most people do not see it as a serious endeavor. He wants to clear the air. Myers is as serious as it can be when it comes to his music, but he still hasn't had the chance to play in a big venue in Philadelphia. 

He has played a few shows in Florida — his home state — but knows Philadelphia is his best chance to validate his music career. 

“The two shows we’ve done, I can tell you we don’t suck,” Myers said. “I got two guys from ‘Puddle of Mudd’ in the band. An original member from ‘Shinedown’ in the band. These guys have platinum records on their walls. And I think to myself, 'Why would they be a part of this if they thought it sucked?'"

He does not want a promotional team behind him; instead, he wants to go against the grain and make it in the industry on his own. 

“Twitter, Instagram, try to do some podcasts here and there,” Myers said. “My buddies have a syndicated radio show that I go on and put my music on. A couple people in Philly have written articles about when I first came out with my album. Good or bad.

“With the second album, I didn’t get the same publicity as the first because it wasn’t a shock. So not many people know it’s been out since August. I am working on the third one now, but this is why I need to play live (for more publicity).”

As he did with baseball, Myers doesn’t do this because he wants to make money. He loves it.

“I’m not going to do it if doesn’t make sense," he said. "Because I’m doing it for nothing. I’m putting my own money into this thing, but my band is not going to play for free. If I can make enough money to pay them and pay for our expenses. I don’t care if I make a dollar out of this.

“I want to create my own genre. Meaning I am southern rock and country, that’s how I classify my music. I don’t just say, 'Yeah I’m a country music artist’ or whatever. Because I know I am not mainstream country. That’s what people think country is right now, pop country. I don’t offer that and I never will. I don’t believe in selling out to make a dollar. I’m writing this for me and people who want to enjoy it.”

Country music and his children have his full attention these days, which makes it is hard for Myers to keep up with his old team. He did offer some words about the front office dealing with the young players and how there is always a chance the Phillies could surprise people in this season. 

“Honestly I don't know what their clubhouse personalities are so I really couldn't tell you if they have the same similarities," he said. "But you know, we were that young team coming up. It took us a while to figure it out, but Pat Gillick and his team put together a great group of personalities with a good mixture of young talent and veterans.

“I wish them the best, but you never know what the season has in store for anyone. Teams look good on paper then can't perform on the field. That's what makes baseball so great you never know what's going to happen. It's just so unpredictable.”