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Phillips stands by comments

Posted on: August 10, 2010 6:27 pm
 
Brandon Phillips Brandon Phillips' relationship with the Cincinnati media is kind of weird. The second baseman has a smile that plays well on TV, but can also be sullen and uncooperative when the cameras aren't around.

There are only two writers on the Reds beat that travel, and Phillips doesn't talk to either after both pointed out his lack of hustle earlier in the year and brought up previous incidents of his sometimes-lackadaisical attitude.

Anyway, that's why yesterday's comments to Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News (McCoy is no long a full-time employee of the Dayton paper and doesn't travel) about the Cardinals being "little bitches" took a little while to really hit the internet and clubhouse. In fact, Reds manager Dusty Baker said before Tuesday's game that he didn't know about Phillips' comments until he went home last night and heard about them on TV.

Still, Baker backed his player on Tuesday.

"You'd prefer they didn't," Baker told reporters. "But you can't put muzzles on guys."

Baker added, "A man's got to answer for himself. … Brandon knew what he was saying. That don't make it right. That was his opinion."

Tony La Russa The Cardinals, obviously, weren't happy about the comments. Tony La Russa noted the Reds have several ex-Cardinals and he's insulting them, too. That's a good lawyer trick. Phillips -- who, full disclosure time, I've had a strained relationship with over the years -- was likely talking mostly about La Russa, pitching coach Dave Duncan and Chris Carpenter, who have certainly bitched about little things in the past and have made it a game. To La Russa's credit, that game has paid off for him in the past. He's a good motivator.

As for Phillips, he didn't back off his comments. Here's what MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports Phillips told "other reporters" since Phillips doesn't talk to Sheldon.

"The comments I said yesterday? Those were my comments," Phillips said. "It's time for us to show them we're here to stay, and here to win our division."

Phillips is a career .252/.320/.416 hitter against the Cardinals, including last night's 0-for-5 performance. Those numbers aren't too far off of his career numbers of .267/.316/.433 overall. He's having the best year of his career so far in 2010, hitting .284/.339/.456 with 14 homers and 43 RBI and a league-leading 79 runs scored, but is .260/.315/.320 with two RBI and seven runs scored in 13 games against St. Louis this season.

The Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay said former Cardinals Scott Rolen had this to say, "Brandon put himself out there by the way he expressed himself. Everybody in this clubhouse, including Brandon, understands that the competition is on the field."

Another teammate, Bronson Arroyo, had this to say to reporters, including Fay:

"Brandon is being Brandon," Arroyo said. "He's a mini version of T.O. and Ochcocinco. He stirs the pot. It's just what he does. Brandon thrives on that. You guys [in the media] thrive on that.

"I don't take it much serious."

Fay said several other players didn't want to talk about it, but noted it wouldn't be a problem in the clubhouse.

If the Reds win tonight, it'll likely be a dead issue -- unless Phillips comes up large. Or if the Cardinals take a shot at Phillips. The Nationals took exception to his celebration after running over catcher Wil Nieves.

At the time, Nieves said of Phillips: "He's that kind of guy that he's a good guy out of the field," Nieves told the Washington Post . "Maybe if you play with him, you like him. But if you play against him, the things he does you kind of don't like it."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: August 12, 2010 9:38 am
 

Phillips stands by comments

where is my broom??  The Reds are done!  they will be 10 games out of first the next time these 2 team play.  At that time the cardinals will bring in Motte in the 8th inning when the cardinals are up 12 - 0 and throw a 99 MPH fastball right into Phillips ribs!!  story over as they cart his sorry ass off the field!



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: August 12, 2010 12:03 am
 

Phillips stands by comments

all the reds fans can suck it. they are just jealous the cards have a better team and a better orginazation, all jocketty wants to do is put older former cards out there cause he knows they know how to play, better luck next year reds fans



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2010 12:18 pm
 

Phillips stands by comments

Great post stuckio! I couldn't agree more. As for this article and the majority of these replies, it just sounds like more whining. Blah, blah, blah.........Let's play ball! We'll soon see who will win the division, so Johnny Cardinal OR Billy Redlegs opinion on it don't mean a whole bunch. It's the game that's the fun part. I was cussing my TV set last night when the Reds made their errors. I didn't like it one bit, but the passion for the game is what makes it fun for me. Obviously all involved in last night's push-fest are passionate about it too. Good!



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:25 am
 

Phillips stands by comments

I actually give him credit for speeking his mind. You never know maybe they are b*tches, LaRusa looks like he's be a douch bag.



Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:08 am
 

Phillips stands by comments

why would he come out and tap Molina on his sheen pads the day after making those commentsBecause he does it EVERY GAME.



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2010 10:36 am
 

Phillips stands by comments

Phillips is so full of himself... why would he come out and tap Molina on his sheen pads the day after making those comments.  He should have got a fist to his mouth.



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2010 10:20 am
 

Phillips stands by comments

Now thats good!!!!!LOL



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2010 9:07 am
 

About time

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of all ages welcome to what baseball and all sports should be.  In the day and age a free agency everyone kiss butt and tries to get along.  Not the Cincinnati Reds they come and say they hate their opponents and they want to beat them.  Michael Jordan used to be nice to all the guys on the other team and then beat the living hell out of them on the court and no one said bad things about him.  But before him we had the Pistons, Celtics, and Lakers.  Everyone out there has their pick of those three.  You hated the other teams and you would watch to see your team win.  This is NOT unprofessional.  This is totally professional.  Look at Bad Boys they had swagger.  Look at all the big teams they all had swagger and you either loved them or hated them.  Cardinals fans yeah you hate us-feeling is mutual.



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2010 8:43 am
 

Phillips = Punk

He Brandon - Nice job backing up your talk last night with a stellar 0 for 5 performance. He's a hater because he knows the Cardinals are the better team and the Reds will wind up missing the playoffs. Nuff said.Looking forward to seeing him get plunked in the mouth tonight and shut him up for good.


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