Phillies minority owner Bill Giles (above) is interviewed in today’s Inquirer by Todd Zolecki, a piece that Chuck Meehan reacted to by writing, “I felt like I was hit with the baseball fan equivalent of being sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.” In addition to the requisite portion of buck-passing, excuse-making and vowing the current ownership group, “will not sell. You can bet on that”, Giles has a rather unique point of view concerning Brett Myers’ recent domestic troubles.
Question: Are you aware ownership is taking a beating?
A: “I know that. The best thing about the last two weeks was I was in Italy, so I didn’t get into that [Myers] mess. I got the details [Sunday] when I talked to David (Montgomery)… . When David told me what really happened, it’s really kind of a disappointment for the publicity of it.”
Q: What did you hear?
A: “I don’t know that I’m privileged to say. I’m not the spokesman for the Phillies. I do know what really happened was a lot less than what the public thinks happened and that’s the sad part because some bystander saw something that really didn’t happen. Brett was trying to help his wife.”
Q: What do you mean?
A: “I can’t say. I just don’t know what Dave wants me to say.”
Q: But witnesses saw it.
A: “One of our employees [marketing manager Debbie Nocito] saw the whole thing. She said, ‘He did not hit her at all, and he didn’t grab her hair or anything.’ So all the reports were untrue, from what I understand.”