Thank lord they play tonight so the millionaire soap opera can commence with why we actually care about these people's opinions.
Talent is God Given: be humble.
Fame is man given: be thankful.
Conceit is self given: be careful.
The only wrong move here, in my opinion, is that he compared his contract to Votto's. Complain about your own contract all you want, but there's no need to bring in someone else the way Phillips did.
Where BP really goes off the rails is by suggesting that Reds management was under no time pressure to extend Votto when they did. He's wrong, it was important for the Reds to learn when they did whether he was going to be around. If he was adamant about going to free agency, then the Reds would have had to consider trading him when he would have still brought a material return. Plus, given the dollars that Joey would command, knowing if he would or would not be in the budget for the next decade substantially informed what the Reds would be able to do with everyone else, including BP. He's crazy if he thinks the Reds handed out $250MM gratuitously and without any business justification for the timing.
I really don't blame Phillips for being a little offended that Votto got more.
We're all outsiders looking in, so we can be objective.
Everyone has had the experience of feeling underappreciated at work, or getting passed over a promotion while someone they feel inferior gets ahead. It's not a good feeling.
Phillips has been with the club a long time, and he's been very loyal. He's human. He was basically the Reds #2 priority after Joey. Not saying it's justified, but I can understand where he's coming from.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
I think someone needs to sit down and explain OPS and WAR to Brandon.
Brandon is clearly the better athlete....and certainly better with baseball acumen and instincts.
Problem is, Joey delivers what matters the most.....driven mostly by a good eye and good power. He is a mediocre defender, and downright lousy baserunner.....but his rare hitting abilities put him in an entirely different league as Brandon.
Those traits also pay the best too, and I think Brandon's hurt feelings are just a misunderstanding of his true value compared to Votto's.
Baseball is like church, many attend, few understand
"That Ted Williams, can't believe he got his before I got mine."
Nah... never would have happened.
If your employer said they didn't have money to spend and you see them grant a large contract to a coworker, wouldn't that rub you the wrong way? It was more about the principle, I think, than the actual amount.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda