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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Fay: Brandon Phillips’ emotions in conflict with the facts

“Out here survival is everything!”

Phillips isn’t talking to me, C. Trent Rosecrans, Mark Sheldon and Hal McCoy because he says we wrote that he struggled in the second half without mentioning he was playing hurt.

Phillips can talk or not talk. That doesn’t matter to me. There will be 24 players on the roster who will talk. But the notion that we didn’t write about his injury is blatantly false.

It was mentioned over and over again. This is from when I picked him as the club’s first-half MVP:

It’s hard to pick someone whose OPS is over 200 points lower than a teammate’s (Phillips was .734 going into the weekend, Joey Votto’s was .937). But Phillips has been so good in the clutch that’s he’s really stood out. He’s hitting .400 with runners in scoring position and .290 with runners in scoring position and two outs. His defense has been the best on the team. Phillips’ overall numbers sank after he was hit by that pitch in Pittsburgh, but he’s continued to drive in runs.

We checked the archives. Phillips’ struggles were never mentioned on Cincinnati.com without a reference to the fact that he was hit on the left wrist on June 1 in Pittsburgh by Tony Watson. I’m sure that’s true with the other local media outlets as well.

...Who knows what would have happened if Watson’s pitch didn’t hit him. But the fact is it led to Phillips’ worst year as a Red in nearly every offensive category.

That’s fair game – as long as you mention that his numbers fell off after the HBP.

Phillips seems to thrive on anything negative, or that he perceives as negative, that’s written or said about him. It seems to motivate him. He’s crushed St. Louis pitching since he became Enemy No. 1 in Cardinal territory.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see him have a big year this year. Whether he’ll want to talk about it or not, it hard to say.

Repoz Posted: March 09, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: March 09, 2014 at 11:37 AM (#4668557)
Such a child.
   2. BDC Posted: March 09, 2014 at 11:44 AM (#4668559)
But aren't emotions typically in conflict with the facts?
   3. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: March 09, 2014 at 11:53 AM (#4668563)
Such a child.

The typical modern athlete, in other words.
   4. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 09, 2014 at 02:15 PM (#4668641)
Phillips certainly seems like a buttwipe.
   5. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: March 09, 2014 at 03:06 PM (#4668663)
Phillips has started (?) to send direct messages to people who criticize him on Twitter. It's a very foolish thing to do, because one can take a screenshot of the message and tweet out the photo of the message. Phillips' messages are childish and obnoxious. It's not a flattering look for someone who thinks of himself as the representative of a major league ball club.
   6. Transmission Posted: March 09, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4668673)
This isn't going to end well.
   7. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 09, 2014 at 03:28 PM (#4668674)
I remember when Phillips was flying high on Twitter, interacting with fans, going to that kid's little league game when he got invited, etc. He seems to be someone who handles adversity and criticism very, very poorly.
   8. Poster Nutbag Posted: March 09, 2014 at 04:20 PM (#4668697)
I was shocked when, of all people, Doug Benson turned out to be like that as well. Misunderstanding things then taking to DM on Twitter to sling insults. If you can't handle the public eye, don't use Twitter (or Facebook or speak with the media at all, etc). Put on your big boy pants or go home. Interacting with the public in a relatively sane fashion IS part of your job, like it or not.
   9. BDC Posted: March 09, 2014 at 04:30 PM (#4668703)
Heck, just to post comments on BBTF you need the hide of a pachyderm :)
   10. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM (#4668947)
Phillips has started (?) to send direct messages to people who criticize him on Twitter.

Keith Olbermann does this a lot, and some other celebs do. It's incredibly stupid.
   11. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4668956)
I remember when Phillips was flying high on Twitter, interacting with fans, going to that kid's little league game when he got invited, etc. He seems to be someone who handles adversity and criticism very, very poorly.

He's great with the fans and horrible with the press. This has been his MO for some time, going back to his Cleveland days. He's had these kinds of disputes with the local writers before. They eventually blow over.

To his credit, John Fay is not calling out Phillips for giving him the silent treatment. Just correcting one of Phillips' misstatements. They've always been fair to him. Phillips is coming off as paranoid here.
   12. TDF, situational idiot Posted: March 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM (#4668976)
Remember last season when some suggested that maybe BP would be an upgrade to the Reds' #2 hitters, and Rosecrans suggested that it wouldn't be an upgrade because his OBP was the same, and it earned him the "fat MF" tirade?

His antics turned me off long ago, and he only seems to be getting worse.
   13. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: March 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4668994)
There are people who motivate themselves by setting up these ridiculous me-against-the-world scenarios where all slights are magnified to look like 17th century duel challenges. They convince themselves that everyone is against them, and #### those people, I'll show them.

It's not the healthiest way of living, and it's certainly unattractive to watch, but we all need something to motivate us, I suppose. As Fay guesses, maybe Phillips is just that type.
   14. Srul Itza Posted: March 10, 2014 at 01:01 PM (#4669042)
Phillips has started (?) to send direct messages to people who criticize him on Twitter.


It's the Josh Lemon-Lyman episode of West Wing, updated for Twitter.

They say, never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel and paper by the ton. There have been efforts to update it for the internet -- never pick a fight with someone who buys bandwidth by the gigabyte -- but it lacks the same punch.
   15. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: March 10, 2014 at 01:13 PM (#4669046)
I wonder how Price will handle this. Baker always fostered an us-vs-them mentality.
   16. Lars6788 Posted: March 10, 2014 at 02:49 PM (#4669094)
Maybe with a whip to keep the boy in line?

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