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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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Cardinals Hook Brandon Phillips Up with Promotional Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

The St. Louis Cardinals run a promotion where fans get a dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for $2.99 if the team has more than nine hits in a game. They had nine hits in an 8-1 win over the Reds Tuesday and Brandon Phillips tweeted that he’d like some doughnuts. The Cincinnati second baseman wrote on twitter “Since the Cards got 9 hits tonight, can someone hook me up with some Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for $2.99? I saw the promotion at the game. LOL.”

He asked and the Cardinals marketing team delivered, as we learned from SI Hot Clicks. Check it out:

Though Phillips was grateful for the doughnuts, he said he wasn’t planning on eating them. Why? If you’ve seen Van Wilder you’ll understand.

The real surprise with this story is that Phillips is on good terms with the Cardinals. Remember what he said about them last year and what it caused? Yeah, probably a good idea to avoid eating those, Brandon.

Forearm bash to Hot Clicks for the story
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Brandon Phillips Shows up to Baseball Game of Twitter Follower

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is best known around these parts as the guy who called the St. Louis Cardinals bitches and then fought with them in a benches clearing brawl. Now he’ll be known for pulling off one of the coolest gestures we’ve seen.

Jimmy Traina shared with us the story of Phillips showing up to one of his twitter follower’s baseball games after the follower asked him to attend. Connor Echols tweeted to Phillips Thursday afternoon that he “should really come watch the 14u Cincy flames in West Chester tonight.” Phillips responded by asking what time and where, and Echols gave him the address. Amazingly enough, Phillips actually showed up for the game.

Phillips praised Connor’s performance and then laughed about how much trash the parents were talking. He stuck around afterwards to take pictures with the team, and you could tell he made their day.

The best part about this story is the natural authenticity of it. Phillips didn’t have a P.R. firm send out a press release to tell everyone he was going. He didn’t have a TV camera follow him so the story would make the news. He didn’t do it because he had a sponsor’s message to spread. Nope, all Phillips did was respond to a fan’s request on twitter, show up, and make it a special evening for the team. And guess what? The word still got around because the act was genuine.

After reading about this story, I will forever root for Brandon Phillips. It doesn’t get much better than the actions of Dat Dude BP, and hopefully other athletes can realize that some good can come from treating your fans well. After all, this isn’t the first time we had a similar story like this one.

NL Playoff Preview and Players to Watch

Also check out Alan Hull’s AL Playoff Preview

As the season wraps up and the National League contenders begin to separate themselves from one another, here is a look at some key players to watch down the stretch and through October.

ATLANTA BRAVES

Derrek Lee: There is no better way to add zeroes to the back of your next contract than to perform in the post-season when the stakes are the highest and all of baseball is watching. Lee will be looking to sign one last lucrative contract after this season. He had an opportunity to reinvent himself upon being traded to Atlanta, with the hopes he would replace some of the production lost when Chipper Jones went down. Lee responded by hitting a decent .289/.375/.433 since the trade. He will get another chance to start over in October and a few big hits will go a long way for his financial future.

Tommy Hanson: Tim Hudson has had a big season for the Braves, but has faded a bit down the stretch. Hanson, however, is the Braves most talented pitcher and has flown under the radar due to a mediocre win-loss record. This post-season may be a coming-out party for the 23-year-old future ace.

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