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Brandon Phillips gets USA goalie Molly Schaus with great photobomb

Brandon Phillips photobomb

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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Brandon Phillips cusses out Reds reporter C. Trent Rosecrans

Brandon PhillipsBrandon Phillips lashed out at Cincinnati Reds beat reporter C. Trent Rosecrans on Wednesday in response to the writer questioning the logic behind Phillips’ move in the batting order.

Phillips entered Wednesday 1 for his last 12 with no walks and two strikeouts. The all-star second baseman asked manager Dusty Baker after Tuesday’s loss if he could be moved up from fourth in the lineup, and the manager obliged. Phillips even hinted at the move in a tweet sent after Tuesday’s game:

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Brandon Phillips rips fan who calls him out for bad throw on Twitter

brandon-phillipsCincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips loves Twitter. Last year, he even credited the social media site with helping him as a player. As we all know, you can’t appreciate Twitter without dealing with a few trolls.

Most athletes who succeed on Twitter manage to ignore all of the criticism that comes their way. Fans who harass popular players and call them four-letter words are just looking for a retweet or a response, so it’s usually best to ignore them altogether. However, Phillips engages those people from time to time. On Tuesday night, he went hard at one of his haters.

That’ll shut him up. Actually, it will probably make him louder, but that’s a pretty strong comeback from Phillips. The veteran infielder also answered a question about losing in hilarious fashion last season, so we were not surprised to see him fire back. But the girlfriend on the lap call out? That’s next level-type stuff.

H/T Mo Egger

Brandon Phillips: $72.5 million contract from Cincinnati Reds a ‘slap in the face’

brandon-phillipsBrandon Phillips signed a six-year, $72.5 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds last April that should keep him with the team for the remainder of his career. Most players would kill to receive that kind of financial stability, but the context in which Phillips agreed to the extension has left him with a foul taste in his mouth.

In a recent interview with Cincinnati Magazine, Phillips said the fact that Joey Votto was given a 10-year, $225 million contract from the Reds makes the $72.5 million he received feel like a “slap in the face.”

“I just feel like they didn’t have to sign Joey to that contract,” Phillips said. “He still had two more years on his. And for (the front office) to go out there and sign him before they sign me, and they knew I was going to be a free agent? I understand Joey’s a good player. He’s one of the best players in this game. But I feel like I am too. I told them that this is where I wanted to be. I begged them. I told everybody I want to finish my career here. And then they give someone a contract who didn’t ask for nothing?

“To this day, I’m still hurt. Well, I don’t wanna say hurt. I’ll say scarred. I’m still scarred. It just sucks that it happened. For (Castellini) to sign somebody for $200 million, there must be a new vegetable or fruit coming out that we don’t know about. For him to do something like that and tell me they didn’t have any more money, that’s a lie. But what can I do? I just feel like it was a slap in my face … But how can someone slap you in the face with all that money. It’s a nice slap in the face.”

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