Brandon Phillips is an NBA personality balling in MLB. The way he carries himself makes him a charismatic contradiction amongst pro baseball’s bland cast of superstars.
He brags a lot, but he’s also a straight shooter. After all, anyone who calls a six-year $72.5 million contract, like the one Phillips signed last season, “a slap in the face,” is either delusional or has an off-the-charts self image. With Philips it’s a little of both. Sure, he plays second base like a soccer goalie with Blake Griffin ups (don’t believe me, watch him turn a DP and get back to me), but some baseball heads feel like a career .272 hitter should be more than happy with the bread Phillips is raking in. These guys are wondering, “Is DatDude serious?”
Baker’s not heavy on pitch counts and .OPS, but the old-school skipper has a wealth of talent and a staff featuring three double-digit winners in Mike Leake (10), Mat Latos and Bronson Arroyo (12).
...Votto may get more gwop, but Phillips is Ohio’s adopted son and the franchise–face of a Cincinnati team that is a perennial contender. The best thing about Phillips is his addiction to the big stage, and while his career stats may not indicate “greatness,” his clutch gene elevates his status, especially in the fans eyes. After being moved down into the cleanup spot this season, Phillips is second behind Miguel Cabrera with 31 go-ahead RBI and is hitting .625 with the bases juiced.
The Raleigh, NC native is second in the NL in RBI with 92 and thanks to a recent four-game hitting streak, has his batting average up to .267
Don’t think Phillips isn’t counting those RBIs. As sure as he gets his matte black, custom Hummer H3T detailed weekly—he’s playing with a chip on his shoulders.
“Some people say I’m cocky. I’m not a cocky person,” Phillips told cincinattimagazine.com. “I just play with a lot of swag because that’s the only way I know how.”
Posted: August 22, 2013 at 05:32 AM | 18 comment(s)
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