Brandon Phillips unloads on C. Trent Rosecrans (Enquirer)
What do you think? Comment below.
Phillips: "Hey Dusty, that fat motherf---er on the end, he worries about my on-base percentage. Why don’t you tell him to have me bat eighth with my on-base percentage if he's worry about my on-base percentage."
Rosecrans: "I don’t care about......."
Phillips: "Fat motherf---er. Make him happy, Dusty. Fat motherf---er. I’m tired of you talking that negative sh-t on our team, dog. I found out your Twitter name now motherf---er. It’s a wrap."
Rosecrans: "Wow, took you how many years? Congratulations."
Baker: "I ain’t in that, man. That is between you and him."
Rosecrans: "That’s between him and him."
Baker: "OK, well that is even better."
Cincinnati Enquirer responds to comments by Brandon Phillips
Clearly Brandon does not look good in this. His outburst was classless and personal. The organization must cringe after hearing a player they market/promote, direct such ugly language towards another person for fans, kids, and advertisers to hear. Brandon is certainly taking his share of knocks locally and nationally today. This incident comes on the heels of his comments to Cincinnati Magazine in July. Personally, I have no problem with Brandon taking issue with C. Trent's questions/comments about his on-base percentage. The media is fair game and athletes are human. If Phillips wants to unload on C. Trent, have at it. It's not the first time a player and a media member have had a spat, it won't be the last. The problem is that Brandon can't do what he did in the manner he did it:
1. He did in Dusty's office, interrupting Dusty's daily meeting with the media.
2. He made it personal. What does C. Trent's appearance have to do with any part of this?
The personal attack made Brandon sound small, like a grade school kid firing insults at recess.
3. C. Trent made comments/asked about Phillips on-base percentage. And? Phillips leads the team with 95 RBI. He was moved up to the 2nd spot in the order, a spot that had produced the lowest OBP in MLB this year. Wouldn't questions about OBP seem pretty obvious?
4. Not sure what Dusty was doing. The manager sat, looking bewildered, with a grin on his face?
Brandon came into Dusty's office space and nothing was said/done? I can't imagine bursting into my bosses office, to argue with someone he was already talking to.
5. I'm confused by anyone viewing Brandon's outburst as good, on the premise he showed fire and passion. By belittling a person by calling them a fat mother f-----? Heaven help Brandon if that is what it takes. And you don't really think 24 other players got fired up to play well because Phillips got into it with C. Trent do you?
I've had one incident with a player in my career. I got into with Barry Larkin back in the late 90's over comments he made in the paper. The Reds were in first place at the All-Star break and Larkin made public comments that he would not re-sign with the Reds unless they put grass in Riverfront Stadium that offseason. I criticized him for being the captain of a 1st place team and going public with comments that put the all-star focus on his demands. We met and had it out, in the tunnel, under Riverfront Stadium. Voices were raised, sides were heard and hands were finally shaken, with nobody looking on.
Not a good day for BP. Joey Votto's performance this year has been questioned and criticized more than anyone on team. Have we seen him react like BP? I'd imagine Brandon wakes up today and realizes his mistake of pulling back a curtain for his fans/critics to see and hear his business. But bad days happen. The Reds had lost back to back games to a rival. The pressure of stretch run is mounting. Lesson learned. The sun will come up. We've survived Joey's f-boms at the plate, we will survive this. A 10-0 win certainly eases that transition. I'd imagine Brandon issues an apology, perhaps prior to the next home game.
Timeline of Tweets , starting with Brandon announcing his role change after Tuesday's game
Reds go from a hitter with a .320 OBP in the 2 hole to one with a .310 OBP— ctrent (@ctrent) August 28, 2013
Phillips career slash line: .272/.320/.430. career slash in 2 spot: .277/.320/.424— ctrent (@ctrent) August 28, 2013
Dusty said @DatDudeBP asked him if he could tweet last night before he did. Dusty talked to him, then Phillips tweeted— ctrent (@ctrent) August 28, 2013
Asked about his move in the lineup, @DatDudeBP said he didn't want to talk about it— ctrent (@ctrent) August 28, 2013