Originally Posted by Larkin Fan
Brandon Phillips is the subject of a feature article in the upcoming issue of Cincinnati Magazine. It was a decent article, but there was a section of it that really rubbed me the wrong way:
I love Brandon Phillips. He's always been one of my favorite players because of his style of play, but it seems that his ego is coming out again. The Reds need to focus on playing good baseball right now, rather than be distracted by the drama these types of comments tend to stir up.
This is the same problem, the same double-edged sword Phillips has always had. What enables him to be as good as he is is his steadfast belief that he's the best -- even if his current performance may not justify that. And more than anything else in the world, he wants people to recognize him as such.
And I imagine that's how many, many athletes feel. What differentiates Phillips from many other athletes is he doesn't have the humility/good sense to keep it to himself. He's kind of like a Ron Artest type (without the craziness) -- very good, very valuable player in his prime who can't accept that, at the end of the day, he's not the guy
and who struggles publicly with that.