Scott Eyre was a little disappointed at first when the Phillies offered him a minor league deal, rather than a guaranteed contract and spot on the active roster. But as time passed, the veteran lefty understood the club's position. And, more importantly, he began to realize his own.
"I think now when I think about it, if he came to me and offered me the same contract I had last year," said Eyre, who earned $2 million while serving as the Phillies most reliable left-handed arm out of the bullpen, "I don't think I'd take it."
Instead, Eyre has decided to retire - at least for now - and spend the summer taking RV trips with his family and attending his wife's horse shows.
He was one of those memorable bit players that every championship team possesses, a fun-loving, easy-going southpaw who joined the Phillies in August of 2008 after having been cast aside from the Cubs. In 19 appearances in 2008, he allowed just three runs and eight hits. In the Phillies' World Series victory over the Rays, he recorded just two outs, but they were big ones: a strikeout of Akinori Iwamura in Game 3 with a runner on first and the Phils leading 4-3 to end the seventh inning, and a line-out off the bat of Iwamura with one out and runners on first and second and the Phillies leading 6-2 in the seventh inning of Game 4.