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reds44
04-29-2009, 05:24 PM
Brandon Phillips spoke at length with Reds beat reporters at his clubhouse stall today, shortly after it was learned Phillips will get his first day off this season.

Phillips' tone was light and he punctuated his remarks with some smiles, but it was also obvious he wanted to make some points. Here are some of his remarks:

--ďI see myself as an everyday player. Iíll just smile and go with it. ...Dustyís the boss. He makes the decision."

--ďI know I can hit. Everybody canít start off hot like Joey Votto. Some people start real slow.Ē

--ďIíve been reading up on the stuff that you all say. Itís funny to me. But I know you got to do your jobs. Iím just happy that Iím starting to find the holes.Ē

--ďYou all can write this down too. The funny thing is, I love you guys, I have nothing but respect for all of you all. But you know, ever since you all been writing about me not hitting, we havenít been winning. You all know that? But the thing is though, I hear a lot of people on my team, theyíre worried about me instead of everybody worrying about the team. Iím going to hit. Thatís how confident I am."

--"At the beginning when I wasnít doing nothing Ö next thing you know, people start writing about Phillips is not hitting, Edwinís not hitting, everybody starts thinking like wow, then everybody starts paying attention to me, and everybody starts paying attention to Edwin, and everybody just lost focus about winning.

--"So, I think we should start writing again about the Reds winning instead of worrying about two players. I think we should do that. But I love reading you allís articles. I read Ďem all the time. You all make me laugh. You all do a great job.

"There was one comment that (the Enquirer's) John Fay wrote one time, I was kind of mad and disappointed but it was the truth. It was, 'The only reason heís still playing is Ďcause of his glove.' I was like, wow. I respect you, but there are certain things I wish wouldnít come out like that."


--"Iíve been hitting. I havenít been striking out, Iím just not getting hits. Ö Sometimes when you look at a newspaper it says Phillips this, Edwin this, instead of just saying 'Reds win.' You all can write whatever you want, it donít bother me. If Iím doing something bad you can write about it, itís cool. Just make sure you all donít write it real big because weíve got a young team, and everybody, they read that and they start worrying about, Brandon you OK? You OK?"

--"We're winning, I'm (happy). We winning, thatís what itís all about, because Iím gonna hit. Itís just a matter of time when it happens.

I want my team to realize that Iím gonna be OK ... as a team effort, and worry about the Reds winning, like we were doing early, weíre gonna be good ... Weíre gonna be in the playoffs.


--ďWhen you play every day, of course you donít want to sit out, regardless of whether youíre hitting or not hitting. I feel I can do something every game to help the team win, whether itís with my bat or with my glove.Ē


--ďI donít worry about the batting average. As long as I go out there and try to produce and try to make the team better, thatís all itís about.Ē


NOTE: PHillips was smiling as he said most of this. We just stood back and let the recorders roll.
Uhh...thoughts?

WMR
04-29-2009, 05:26 PM
He's insane?

camisadelgolf
04-29-2009, 05:27 PM
BP likes to talk and get attention. As long as he does well on the field, I don't have a problem with it. The media will exaggerate everything he does and says, though, so I'm really dreading everything RedsZone has to say about him for these next few months.

RedsManRick
04-29-2009, 05:27 PM
Uhh...thoughts?

If BP was a football player he'd be a wide receiver.

He sort of reminds me of a time when I was about 8 and asked my mom if I was mature enough to eat at the grown up's table at Thanksgiving yet. She told me that when I was, I wouldn't have to ask. When BP is as good as he think he is, he won't have to talk about it so much.

WMR
04-29-2009, 05:27 PM
If those pesky writers can just get back to writing about the Reds winning baseball games then everything will be fine? :laugh:

CTA513
04-29-2009, 05:28 PM
Phillips wanted the attention and he got it.

membengal
04-29-2009, 05:28 PM
If BP was a football player he'd be a wide receiver.

There it is. Summed up as perfectly as one can sum this up.

reds44
04-29-2009, 05:28 PM
If BP was a football player he'd be a wide receiver.
He's definatley the Reds WR. I really don't care if BP gets along with the media or not, as long as he gets along with his teammates. I don't know if he does or not, though.

CTA513
04-29-2009, 05:29 PM
If BP was a football player he'd be a wide receiver.

:thumbup:

MartyFan
04-29-2009, 05:34 PM
I love BP...and it is true, he is going to hit

Edskin
04-29-2009, 05:35 PM
In a small way, BP reminds me of Junior a bit....I think he's a really nice/good guy, but also super-sensitive. If 1,000 give him a standing O and 2 people boo, it seems like he gets fixated on the 2 booers-- Junior has always been that way as well. BP does seem to get sensitive and even jealous when he perceives the media or fans aren't giving him a fair shake or are being overly critical.

I like BP, I have no problem with him-- just got of kind of accept that a few times a year he's going to cry in his beer a bit.

Team Clark
04-29-2009, 05:41 PM
Good for BP. Now go out and hit and give everyone something else to talk about.

Reds1
04-29-2009, 05:44 PM
Dramma!

Degenerate39
04-29-2009, 05:44 PM
If you hit no one's going to talk about you not hitting

Reds1
04-29-2009, 05:44 PM
He's starting to hit and now they sit him. ahhhh

Reds Fanatic
04-29-2009, 05:49 PM
It is funny how the Reds writers don't write about them winning when they are not winning. If you want them to write about the Reds winning again maybe it would be a good idea to actually win some games.

Degenerate39
04-29-2009, 05:53 PM
He's starting to hit and now they sit him. ahhhh

I do like the looks of this line up though. With Votto and Bruce batting back to back. May Dusty is reading Redszone finally

Mario-Rijo
04-29-2009, 05:54 PM
He is feeling the pressure, has been for a while now. This is his warning flare to the beatwriters, next will come ignoring them and then watch out it could get ugly. Unless of course he starts getting it right on the field and then he will be fine.

His path in major league baseball is gonna be determined by the end result of this IMO, swing or don't swing at that crap. He either gets it right or goes back to who he has been at the plate. He's always gonna be a slightly above average overall player at worst. If he finally does what Dusty tells him to do then he'll turn himself into an annual All Star. Then we just have to worry about him getting a bigger head, which if he is producing let the swagger begin.

:thumbup:

Blitz Dorsey
04-29-2009, 06:07 PM
I'm more confident that BP's bat will come around than EE's. I just have a feeling BP's numbers will look fine by the end of the year. And he's not a defensive liability like EE can be most of the time (EE can make the spectacular play, but often struggles with consistency).

Listening to Phillips over the last four years, his comments today really don't surprise me. He's a "me" guy which I have known all along. However, at least he is aware of his surroundings and wants to be liked and doesn't completely cross the line. He is charismatic and has a good personality, but there is no question he is mostly concerned about his numbers and how things are going for him. He wants to win and enjoys winning, but he's always been sort of a "me" guy to me. I like BP's toughness though. He plays hard and plays through injuries. He's a gamer, but he can't help himself from running his mouth too much.

Overall I like him. I see his faults and there are plenty of them (he's a double-play machine and swings at too many bad pitches) but I like him as our starting second baseman. He's going to get it turned around this year.

Blitz Dorsey
04-29-2009, 06:10 PM
It is funny how the Reds writers don't write about them winning when they are not winning. If you want them to write about the Reds winning again maybe it would be a good idea to actually win some games.

These damn writers paying attention to the final score of games. Not to mention paying attention to the fact that the Reds' cleanup hitters are batting on the interstate. I wish these guys would get their act together and start writing about how good Weathers and Rhodes have been. Or how good Dusty has been with the young players and handling the pitching staff. I don't care about small, petty details like wins and losses, or key players having awful years.

Crosley68
04-29-2009, 06:12 PM
He needs to stop reading what people have to say about him. However, I think he likes it.

Razor Shines
04-30-2009, 03:59 AM
So the other guys on the Reds didn't notice Brandon wasn't hitting until they read it in the paper? Ohhhhh, so he's just trying to protect his fragile teammates.

Nice try Brandon, but that wasn't about your team, that was all about you. And like others I don't much care what he says to the press if he's producing.

Screwball
04-30-2009, 05:38 AM
--"I’ve been hitting. I haven’t been striking out, I’m just not getting hits

This is my own (unsubstantiated) opinion, but it seems like Phillips would view a grounder to SS as more successful than a strike out, regardless of the situation.

Jpup
04-30-2009, 07:02 AM
"What he do?"

This is the good 'ole Phillips I know and love.

traderumor
04-30-2009, 09:24 AM
Brandon Phillips being in a prolonged slump is not really newsworthy. I'm sure when we were in Milwaukee, there was panic over the slow starts of Braun and Fielder. The only reason it is so prominent is because it is at the beginning of the season and writers/fans see BA in the .100s for guys and start freaking out, when it is really just the nature of the game that is magnified because it is April. They have now played 1/8 of the season.

BCubb2003
04-30-2009, 09:29 AM
He's a little hazy on cause and effect, but I didn't see much of problem in what he said, in ballplayer-speak. Bronson has said more inflammatory things. You know, it's not all that hard to become a leader on a team. Just give the reporters some quotes about whoever had a good game that night and you'll be the captain in no time.

westofyou
04-30-2009, 09:40 AM
Brutal response to baseball talk, some of you would have lynched Yogi Berra for his quotes is my guess.

Scrap Irony
04-30-2009, 09:50 AM
BP is the new Redszone whipping boy. He's the anti-Dunn, for sure, in that he hasn't met a pitch he couldn't swing at and his glove is well above average. Oddly, though, both players win value highs are 5.1 and 3.0 respectively. The difference is leather versus lumber. Scouts versus stats. On-base percentage versus Oh-my-God-he-didn't-just-swing-at-that.

bucksfan2
04-30-2009, 10:02 AM
If BP was a football player he'd be a wide receiver.

He sort of reminds me of a time when I was about 8 and asked my mom if I was mature enough to eat at the grown up's table at Thanksgiving yet. She told me that when I was, I wouldn't have to ask. When BP is as good as he think he is, he won't have to talk about it so much.

What did Phillips say that was wrong? What did Phillips say that you wouldn't expect any other ball player to say? In reacted just like any other ball player would. If Joey Votto would have the same thing when he was in a funk would anyone react to this? BP has become the new whipping boy for the Reds fan base.

nate
04-30-2009, 10:04 AM
BP is the new Redszone whipping boy. He's the anti-Dunn, for sure, in that he hasn't met a pitch he couldn't swing at and his glove is well above average. Oddly, though, both players win value highs are 5.1 and 3.0 respectively. The difference is leather versus lumber. Scouts versus stats. On-base percentage versus Oh-my-God-he-didn't-just-swing-at-that.

I don't think this is about Dunn vs. BP.

Scrap Irony
04-30-2009, 10:09 AM
Perhaps. Perhaps not. If Dunn were Mercutio, however, Phillips would be his Tybalt. They are Shakespearean foils, it seems. And, for some, it's difficult to like the one without complaining about the other.

Or so it seems to me, anyway.

I could be completely wrong. (And often am.)

BuckeyeRedleg
04-30-2009, 10:10 AM
There were 18 2nd basemen in baseball had at least 500 plate appearances in 2008. This is where Phillips ranked amongst those 18 in these categories.

The good (top half):

HR: 3rd (21)
SB: 3rd (18)
RBI: 6th (78)


The bad (bottom half):

CS: 1st (10)
OBP: 16th (.312)
SLG: 10th (.442)
OPS: 12th (.754)
RC/27: 14th (4.65)
RC: 12th (76)
P/PA: 14th (3.58)
GIDP: 7th (13)

The gold Glove does lessen the impact of those rather weak offensive numbers, but the guy is due to make $18 million between 2010 and 2011.

Let's hope he figures out what the problem is and corrects it. If this is what he is, fine. The .729 career OPS makes me think that 2008 is probably what he is - a below-average offensive contributer. With his glove, again, that's fine.

Just not at $9 million a year.

StillFunkyB
04-30-2009, 06:41 PM
The sports media in this town sucks.

Complete garbage. I liked C. Trent, but that's about it.

The radio guys are just as bad. I turn on 1530 and get a bunch of nonsense and then Jim Rome. Great. I'd rather gouge my ears with railroad spikes and be forced to watch closed caption reruns of the Rosie O'donnell show for the rest of my life.

durl
05-01-2009, 01:06 AM
I like Phillips. I pull for guys who show that they love to play the game and I believe Brandon loves playing baseball. He's got great smile and seems to enjoy interacting with the fans. The man has some great skills, to boot.

That being said, I don't believe he's the best in the business at giving an interview. (I know..."duh.") It's like he's trying to give information but eloquence isn't his strong suit.

Brandon just needs to know that when you're the #4 hitter, expectations are going to be high. He's simply not meeting them at this point, but I believe he'll get his stroke back. I wonder if he would benefit from a really great hitter taking him under his wing and teaching him how consistently approach his ABs. I watch guys like Votto hit and see how he's the exact opposite of Phillips.

corkedbat
05-01-2009, 01:26 AM
This team should have moved him this past offseason (actually, they should have moved him at the 08 trade deadline).