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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'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: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2010 7:44 am

Phillips stands by comments

Who is still in second place? The Cardinals are now percentage points ahead of the Reds. Brandon Phillips is nothing special and it's doubtful that the Cardinals would want someone so immature on their team. The Reds may be for real this year, but their being real is still going to leave them in the shadow of St. Louis. Writing your thoughts down without reading them shows you just don't have a clue as to what you are talking about.

Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2010 2:11 am

Phillips stands by comments

"hey how about having edmonds and rolen.  Soon they will be grandfathers and can no longer compete in a cardinal uniform.  What cuteo did was ridiculous"

I'm pretty sure Rolen kicked Carpenter's ass, so that's probably why he can't compete in a Cardinal uniform anymore.

What Cueto did was ridiculous? What Molina did was ridiculous. Brandon Phillips taps the catcher and the umpire at the beginning of EVERY game and Molina knew that. He knew it was coming. He acted surprised.

Now the Cards are whining about two injuries when, surprise, nobody came out of the game as a result!
The way to act more proffessional and prove Phillips wrong is not to start fights, then complain when you lose them.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2010 12:44 am

Phillips stands by comments

and yankee fans aren't obnoxious and, that's the pot calling the kettle black.

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2010 12:36 am

Phillips stands by comments

sorry, misquoted the word little with whiny. my mistake, I combined the verbal attacks. lol

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2010 12:34 am

Phillips stands by comments

I'm saying the main reason he called them quote "whiny bitches" was from the situation where they indeed whined about something to give a reason as to why they couldn't win every game in a series against the Reds. It'c connected, not equal. I can't believe a Reds writer would put something out to the public that would be so negative for a player and a team but than again Hal Mccoy loves to hate on the Reds.

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2010 12:17 am

Phillips stands by comments

If Cincinatti provides balls in a different condition than every other stadium in the MLB, what's wrong with complaining? I'd complain too if I had to play in a stadium with different-ish baseballs, lower air pressure (cough Coors), or some gay 40 foot left field wall (Fenway cough). The only difference between issues with the baseballs and the others is that baseballs can be easily changed, so you might as well have your opinion made known...saying that the GABP provides clean, hard-to-grip baseballs is totally different from calling the opposition little bitches.

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2010 11:59 pm

Phillips stands by comments

It doesn't matter if it didn't mean much as to how he pitched. He complained and I still don't like him for it(not to mention he is on a division rival). You acted as if the Cardinals had never dissed the Reds and so I brought that up to remind everyone that they have. I never mentioned anything about the Cards or Carpenter's record against the Reds.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2010 11:57 pm

Phillips stands by comments

I liked this guy.What a true UNPROFFESSIONAL!I do admire how proffessionally my Cards acted about this!Brandon Phillips is the posterboy for a little girl!A JEALOUS little girl.And it's a shame he has to show what his true colors are.

You may have spoken a little too early there musial2puljos....considering the brawl started by Molina and Phillips in the first inning.  Just saying.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2010 11:47 pm

Phillips stands by comments

You mean the last time he pitched there?  Yes, his dissatisfaction has been well chornicled.  It must not mean much, since he has beaten the Reds nine straight times.  And the Cards have a winning record at GABP over the last two years.  Funny, you never heard much between these teams until Dusty got to town.

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2010 11:33 pm

Phillips stands by comments

Have you seen Carpenter complain about the balls everytime he pitches at Great America? It's not just been the Reds who have done the bad mouthing. Carpenter and LaRussa have complained both this year and last year and have held up games over the baseballs the Reds provide. I wouldn't say that is just "going about their business in a professional manner". So they did put down the Reds by making comments about the baseballs in Cincinnati. If you wonder why Phillips made those comments, it all leads back to the issues the Cardinals had with the Reds before and how big a deal they made out of it at the time.

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