Ask Phillips to do anything on the field and he'll likely get it done. That two out insurance rbi, followed by a steal while Bruce was up, was very pleasing to me. He simply made contact on a slow swing and hit it where the defense was not. Had the Brewers done the same in the 9th, they'd have tied or won. It reminded me of an Ichiro or Jeter moment, just get the job done.
He comes to the park to beat you, as Marty would say. And that's been the case since 2006. He's done it a number of ways. Speed, power, lead off, cleanup, defense, attitude, bunting, base running, opposite field, situational hitting...you name it.
And although he's got a ton of natural talent, he's worked for almost every aspect of his game. I can't think of one thing he's good at now that he wasn't worse at earlier. He works hard. He's a very smart ball player. Of all the uncertainty that surrounds long contracts, you want a player that's worked hard and has made many adjustments to stay effective, and that's Phillips. Talent + Hard Work + Competitiveness + Smarts.