Mike Myers was packing up his apartment and preparing to return to his home in Colorado when we spoke tonight.
His bags had been put on the plane and he was headed to the bus when Brian Cashman pulled him aside and told him he had been designated for assignment.
“I was surprised,” he said. “But I know I didn’t do the job they brought me over here to do, at least not as well as I hoped.”
Myers said he enjoyed his two seasons with the Yankees. “I had an absolute blast. I played with some special people and some great players. I’m glad I did it,” he said.
Myers also appreciated what Joe Torre said to him.
“Joe said I was a good teammate and that he appreciated the fact I took the ball in any situation,” Myers said. “That made me feel better about things.”
Myers was not effective against left-handers, no question. But don’t write off his tenure in pinstripes. He pitched well on many occasions and several times this season saved the bullpen by pitching an inning or more. He leaves the Yankees leading them in appearances.
He also was a mentor to Chien-Ming Wang, taking him out on the road to restaurants and exposing him to American culture.
“That’s the tough part, you make some good friends in this game,” Myers said. “Wang is a great kid. I’m going to miss not going out for sushi with him in Toronto.”
Myers has cleared waivers and will be traded or released in the next 10 days. Don’t be surprised if he’s pitching against the Yankees at some point this season.