Re: Brandon Phillips Team USA
WBC 3 years ago really gave us a preview of what was to come for Votto.
I was at my girlfriends house and I turned it on. She never liked baseball, but being a nice girl she asked questions and showed interest, watching the game with me. I told her "this guy plays for my team" when Votto was up one time. She asked "is he really good?" And I kinda just said "yeah he's not bad. He's a decent player." I figured his hot start in 2009 was just a hot start, and that his production seemed unsustainable.
He went like 4-5 that day with loads of XBH and it never really stopped. I was wrong about him being unsustainable. Dude is an anomaly.
That said, BP deserves to be on this team, and I'm glad he's getting his due. The guy is flat out FUN to watch, and that represents USA baseball in the best way.