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Brandon Phillips rocks his Ray Ban sunglasses in interview after loss (Picture)

The Reds have a crucial Game 5 of the NLDS upcoming against the Giants on Thursday afternoon, and Brandon Phillips looked ready for it on Wednesday night despite his team’s loss. After San Francisco defeated Cincinnati 8-3 to even the series at 2-2, Phillips rocked his Ray Ban sunglasses while talking to reporters.

Some of you may think this a good look, but others will probably point to the fact that Phillips was wearing his sunglasses at night, was indoors and was trying to make a fashion statement after a loss. Until he starts wearing gnarly jean jackets and ridiculous shoes to his press conferences after playoff games (win or lose), the Reds second baseman will not be on Russell Westbrook’s level. But wearing Ray Ban’s at a completely inappropriate time is certainly a start.

Brandon Phillips says there is no issue with Jared Hughes

A day after furiously writing on Twitter that a Pirates player had said something racist to him during Monday’s game, Brandon Phillips proclaimed that he has no issue with Jared Hughes and that the two have sorted out matters.

Hughes hit Phillips with a pitch in the eighth inning of Monday’s game, and the two appeared to exchange words as Phillips headed to first.

According to a report from Deadspin, Phillips thought Hughes called him “boy.”

Whatever the case, Pirates MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen played mediator between the two by setting up a phone call for them on Tuesday. Both men were pleased with the results of their conversation.

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Brandon Phillips accuses Pirates player of making racist comments toward him

Bad blood has developed between the Pirates and Reds over the course of the season, as a number of players have been hit by pitches and taken exception to it. Another incident occurred on Monday night when Brandon Phillips was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh hurler Jared Hughes, resulting in a warning for both teams.

It is unclear whether or not he’s claiming it happened before or after he was hit, but Phillips wrote on his Twitter account after the game that a Pirates player made a racist comment toward him.

Phillips gave no clarification and simply followed up with a tweet about how pleased he was to get the win in extra innings. While we hope it’s not true, it certainly wouldn’t be the first case of racism or cultural insensitivity that we’ve seen in professional sports. Rivalries exist and tempers are going to flare, but there’s no excuse for any player to bring race into a disagreement.

UPDATE: Phillips talked with Hughes and they both say there is no issue.

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Brandon Phillips responds to question about losing in hilarious fashion

The Reds have gone an impressive 19-7 since the All-Star break and even won 10 in a row at one point, but they were swept by the Brewers and have lost four in a row. All the winning must have made some fans lose perspective on how difficult it is to win consistently, leading second baseman Brandon Phillips to vent over Twitter:

OK, so Phillips obviously doesn’t like the bandwagon fans. But don’t insult his intelligence by asking him a dumb question like “Does losing bother you?” That’s when you risk getting a salty response:

Phillips has glowed about what Twitter has done for his playing career, but I’m not so sure he would say the same thing now. And what’s the deal with his “Richard” obsession? A little much, no?

H/T Hot Clicks

Brandon Phillips does not think he deserved to be an All-Star

When the All-Star Game arrives in baseball each year, there are always a number of players, managers and fans who feel as though there were some mistakes in selecting the NL and AL rosters. Very rarely do we hear a player who was on the bubble admit that they did not deserve on All-Star spot, but Brandon Phillips broke the mold over the weekend. Dusty Baker and a number of fans feel that Phillips was overlooked by Tony La Russa. Not Brandon.

“I felt like I didn’t deserve to be an All-Star anyway,” Phillips told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports on Saturday. I feel like if I did my job on the field, I would have been an All-Star,” Phillips said. “I don’t worry about what happened with the La Russa situation, I feel like I shouldn’t have been an All-Star in the first place. My job is to go out there and play the best baseball possible. The only ones I have to really get mad at are my fans voting — if they really wanted me there, they would’ve voted for me.”

Since Phillips is big on Twitter and says it has helped his career, you can understand why he’s disappointed he didn’t make the cut. A number of people felt as though La Russa left both Phillips and Johnny Cueto off the NL roster intentionally. Phillips may have admitted he didn’t deserve a spot, but he also said it bothered him earlier in July when the rosters were announced.

“I let it get to me on the whole California trip,” he said of Cincinnati’s 11-game road trip before the break. “I was struggling, I was like, ‘why am I not an All-Star, why am I not an All-Star?’”

Good for him for sleeping on it and talking about it rationally rather than coming out and crying like some other players who felt they were snubbed.

H/T Eye on Baseball
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Rawlings suing Wilson over Brandon Phillips’ glove that has gold on it

Those of us who follow baseball closely know better than to take Gold Glove Awards seriously. Although they are supposed to be given strictly based on fielding merits, Derek Jeter has proven multiple times that it isn’t that simple. If your batting average is less than .250, don’t expect to win a Gold Glove. Rawlings, the official sponsor of the Gold Glove Award, does not think they should be taken lightly. In fact, Rawlings does not want any other sporting goods companies manufacturing gloves with any type of gold on them.

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Brandon Phillips says Twitter has helped him as a player

We know some athletes use Twitter as a medium for connecting with their fans, while others use it to post nonsense and share their ridiculous thoughts with the world. However, I can’t ever remember hearing an athlete credit Twitter for their success on the field. If anything, you would think it would be a distraction. That is not the case for Brandon Phillips, who claims being active on Twitter last year helped him have a productive season.

“(Twitter) helped me as a person and it also helped me as an athlete,” Phillips said during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show. “I had to go out there and just keep on proving myself. The thing is, when you get home and you check your Twitter and you have people saying how sorry you are and ‘You ain’t gonna do nothing against those Cardinals’ and all that other crap — that’s like motivation. You’re throwing gasoline on the fire.”

If you’re the type of person who is bothered by what other people say, I guess it makes sense. Oftentimes in sports we hear analysts and coaches talking about “bulletin board material.” Typically they’re referring to newspaper headlines or opponents talking trash, but if the stuff people write on Twitter gets under your skin there’s no better place to find motivation.

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