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Brandon Phillips responds to heckling fan with autographed ball, selfie

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Brandon Phillips may have successfully turned a drunk Pittsburgh Pirates fan into a Cincinnati Reds fan earlier this week. A recent story that was posted on Reddit describes a scene in which a Pirates fan started giving Phillips the business after a rain delay in the seventh inning. The Reddit user, who was the brother of the guy doing the heckling, said Phillips found it pretty funny.

“(My brother was) yelling, ‘Hey everybody, look how slow Phillips is!,’” he wrote. “My brother said the stadium was almost empty at this point, so his heckles rang loud and clear. According to him, Phillips even looked over and chuckled at one point.”

After that, Phillips walked over to the fan, put on a big smile and posed for a selfie. He even gave the guy an autographed ball with a hilarious message on it.

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Brandon Phillips: Bryan Price got ‘all in our butt and it felt good’

Bryan-PriceCincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price had seen enough during his team’s game against the Washington Nationals on Thursday. With the Reds hitless through three innings and having committed four errors in a loss the previous night, Price decided the time was right for a motivational speech. His players appreciated it.

After the 2-1 victory, Brandon Phillips described the pep talk the best way he could.

“He was like, ‘Come on, guys. Y’all know we can do this. We can do this. Let’s stand up for Cincinnati,’” Phillips said sarcastically. “He didn’t say that. He was cussing. He was gettin’ all in our butt and it felt good, you know, in a good way. You know what I’m saying?”

Even if we did know what you were saying, we could never admit to that. Shortstop Zack Cozart agreed that the Reds needed a “little kick in the butt” and Price gave them just that. Price would not go into detail about what he said.

“I don’t really care to talk about it,” he said, via ESPN.com. “We just got together collectively and decided to make a rally. … There’s nothing really important or significant, to be honest with you.”

From what Phillips said, it was much more about what Price did than what he said. I think his nickname should be “The Proctologist” going forward.

Video via The Big Lead

Brandon Phillips, Billy Hamilton make game-saving catches in extra innings (Videos)

The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Washington Nationals in 15 innings on Monday night thanks to some tremendous defense late in the game. The first — and perhaps the better — of two outstanding plays came in the bottom of the 12th inning when Brandon Phillips robbed Wilson Ramos of a base hit up the middle.

Phillips made a diving catch with two outs and runners on the corners. Had the ball gotten through, a run would have scored and the game would have been over.

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A similar situation arose in the bottom of the 14th with a runner on third. Reds speedster Billy Hamilton got a great jump on a sinking line drive from Anthony Rendon and was able to make the play. That sent the game into the 15th, where the Reds took the lead and held on for a 4-3 victory.

We all love walk-off home runs and the drama they bring. But the way the Reds won on Monday is almost more impressive.

Brandon Phillips gets USA goalie Molly Schaus with great photobomb

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Brandon Phillips pulled off one heck of a photobomb before Friday’s game at Wrigley Field.

The Cincinnati Reds second baseman got way up in the air and did a jumping jack type of motion to get in the background of a picture taken by Team USA hockey goalie Molly Schaus, who was at the Cubs-Reds game with a few friends. Schaus, who is in the middle of the photo, joked that Phillips must do box jumps to get that kind of air.

Phillips actually left the game with back spasms after tweaking his back on a swing against Jeff Samardzija in the first inning. With the pregame warmup routine he displayed, we’re surprised he wasn’t already completely loose.

Via @Reds

Reds GM: Yankees ‘leaked’ Brandon Phillips trade rumor for Robinson Cano leverage

brandon-phillipsThe Cincinnati Reds have downplayed the prospect of trading Brandon Phillips, though teams around the league seem to think that the second baseman is available. After the New York Yankees lost Robinson Cano in free agency, a report indicated that Brian Cashman had inquired about Phillips but that the price was too steep.

Despite the trade rumors, Reds GM Walt Jocketty has stated publicly that he has not engaged in trade talks with any other team regarding Phillips. So where did the report about New York come from? According to Jocketty, the Yankees planted it for Cano leverage.

In other words, Jocketty is claiming the Yankees wanted Cano to think they had a backup plan in place and thus were not desperate to bring him back. They certainly weren’t desperate, but it remains to be seen if they have a viable plan B or if Phillips is a possibility.

The 33-year old Phillips has four years and $50 million remaining on his contract. He still has some pop left in his bat and drove in a career-high 103 runs last season. New York certainly has money to spend after letting Cano walk. Time will tell if Jocketty is telling the truth or just avoiding a media frenzy.

H/T Eye on Baseball

Brandon Phillips: I choked, I didn’t do nothing

Brandon-PhillipsCincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had a tough day at the plate in a 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. One of the downsides of a one-game wild card playoff is that when something like that happens, you may not have a chance to redeem yourself. Phillips does not, as the Reds’ season has come to an end.

Phillips went 0-for-4 against Pittsburgh and left four men on base. After the game, he said that the Reds ” choked.” When asked to clarify his comments, Phillips took full responsibility for the loss.

“I choked,” he said. “I didn’t do nothing today? What’d I do today? Did I get any hits? Did I get any RBIs? I choked. I didn’t do nothing to make the team win. It’s on my back. It’s not the team’s fault, it’s my fault. I had opportunities to come through for the team and I didn’t do that.”

This is exactly what I dislike about the new expanded playoff system. Performance in the clutch is key in any sport, but deciding anything in one game in a sport that has a 162-game regular season seems absurd. Even a three-game series would make more sense.

[Video: Brandon Phillips has player slide into his butt for worst play of year]

Having said that, the Pirates deserve credit for getting it done. They outperformed the Reds with their season on the line, and as a result they have earned a spot in the NLDS. Phillips is not the only person to blame for that.

Video via Cincinnati.com

Jonathan Villar slides into Brandon Phillips’ butt for worst play of the year

Could any play better represent the Houston Astros’ embarrassing season than this?

Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar took a nose-full of turd Tuesday when he dove head-first into Brandon Phillips’ butt while trying to stretch a single into a double in the first inning of a 10-0 loss.

There were so many butt-ugly aspects of the play, we must highlight them all.

    - Villar was trying to take two on a line drive up the middle. Not a gapper. A liner up the middle.
    - Villar was trying to take two with his team down 4-0 in the first
    - Brandon Phillips applied a backwards, no-look tag between his legs … and it worked
    - Villar didn’t even realize he was sliding right into the tag
    - VILLAR SLID RIGHT INTO BRANDON PHILLIPS BUTT
    - VILLAR SLID RIGHT INTO BRANDON PHILLIPS BUTT
    - VILLAR SLID RIGHT INTO BRANDON PHILLIPS BUTT

Fittingly, the 10-0 loss was the Astros’ 100th of the season. They’re now 51-100. Relive the embarrassment in the GIF and photo below:

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