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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.

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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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Cardinals and Reds Fight, Clear Benches

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips said on Monday that he hated the Cardinals and called them bitches. Word must not have gotten to the Cards until Tuesday because when Phillips came up to bat in the bottom of the first, catcher Yadier Molina had some words. The two started to exchange words and benches rapidly cleared.

Managers Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker seemed to have words for each other and both wound up ejected. Chris Carpenter, who verbally fought with teammate Brendan Ryan on Monday, was in the middle of the fight between the squads. Reds third baseman Scott Rolen, who played for the Cardinals from 2002-2007, was the peacemaker, calming Carpenter and Molina at times.

There’s no way anyone can be surprised that the teams threw down. How could the Cardinals not respond after being called bitches by Phillips? Of course they had to, and obviously each manager defended his team. Here is the Cardinals and Reds fight video and here are some pictures:

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Brandon Phillips: Cardinals Are Bitches

If you thought it was bad when Reds first baseman Joey Votto said he didn’t like the Cubs, well, that was nothing. Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips saw Joey Votto and raised him an insult. Prior to the start of a three-game series between the Cardinals and Reds in Cincinnati, Phillips said he hated the Cardinals. Here are Phillips’ exact words according to Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News via MLB Trade Rumors and LBS contributor Alan Hull:

“We have to beat these guys. I hate the Cardinals. All they do is bitch and moan about everything, all of them, they’re little bitches, all of ‘em. I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear – I hate the Cardinals.”

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