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Angry Young Man

August 29, 2013
"I knew I should've brought my toothpick."

“I knew I should’ve brought my toothpick.”

If you haven’t seen, heard or read about Brandon Phillips’ little outburst in the locker room before yesterday’s game yet, let me know so I can call 911 and have them rescue you from the rock you’re trapped under.

Absolutely nobody is asking for my take on the situation, but I’m going to give it to you anyway.

Brandon Phillips is kind of a dick.

There you have it.

You want more? Here it is. I have zero problem with what C. Trent Rosecrans wrote — he simply stated a fact that the new #2 hitter has a lower OBP (by .010 points) than the previous #2 hitter. It wasn’t a criticism of anyone, no names were called out, he was just pointing out an interesting stat. If Phillips found Rosecrans’ tweet to be a personal attack, then deal with the situation privately, not in front a group of reporters, and certainly not by resorting to childish name-calling.

Some people are saying that they like the “fire” that Phillips showed by calling out Rosecrans. If you think that a grown man calling another grown man a “fat motherf*cker” is showing some fire, then I have a pretty good idea of the type of person you were in high school.

People get fired up, they lose their temper, they say things they don’t mean — I get it. Mature people, adults, do not resort to personal attacks and bullying to get their point across. Fortunately, nobody’s ever accused Brandon Phillips of being mature or an adult, so what harm could this possibly have to his reputation?

I have to admit, upon first viewing of the video I had a major problem with the way Dusty reacted. Which is to say that he didn’t react. However, after watching it a few more times, it’s clear that Dusty initially thought Brandon was just being Brandon. Dusty quickly realizes that this is not a joke, but by that point, it was too late for him to step in. You can literally see the smile fall from Dusty’s face and see him become really uncomfortable by the end. Should he have said something? Probably.

Nobody will care about this a week from now, but today it’s a black eye on the Reds. Mostly Brandon Phillips, though. I’m used to seeing crap like this happen with the Bengals and it’s embarrassing, so let’s hope this was an isolated innocent on the way to what we all hope is a division title and a long playoff run.

In lighter news, the Reds somehow managed to avoid laying a complete egg against the Cardinals by beating — no, humiliating — Adam Wainwright. So it’s not all bad.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2013 10:45 AM

    So, wait. Someone questions a players ability on the internet (Twitter) then the player calls him out on it in person – then all the press (and fans) run back to the internet to further slam the player? Look what the big, bad man done to me?

    This is a perfect example why so-called professional writers need to decide which is more important – whether to be pros, or internet famous. I realize the web is eating traditional media’s lunch but having it both ways is not working well for writers.

    And for the ‘he (CTR) was just doing his job’ crowd, well, so are the athletes. Yet, their ‘jobs’ are questioned everyday. I certainly can’t agree with the way BP handled it, especially the personal attacks, but questioning the writer’s job in person is something I don’t have a problem with. And I’m a card carrying member of the ‘spoiled athlete’ haters club.

    If that is the worst that will ever happen to CTR in his professional life – he’s a lucky man. He seems to be handling it better than everyone else who apparently have never been called, nor called another person, a nasty name before.

  2. spbengals permalink
    August 29, 2013 12:44 PM

    C Trent didn’t mention any names or call out Phillips personally. He stated a fact and that is all. No calling out of any player period. The tweet by C Trent stated a stat. What Brandon did is reprehensible and owes his manager, the reporters that were present during the interview, the players and C Trent an apology.

  3. August 29, 2013 2:06 PM

    Adam12 (awesome show, btw), you’ll have to explain to me what you think CTR did wrong that earned a calling-out. All he did was his job: report facts. He noticed a fact and reported it, as Goggles noted. I don’t understand how this could be misunderstood for trying to be “internet famous” rather than a “pro.” I don’t see how CTR’s tweet could be considered “questioning a player’s ability” instead of “here is a fact of some importance that baseball fans would find interesting.”

    Look, I like BP. I know he’s done some nice things for the Reds, for Cincinnati, and for the fans. He probably is a decent fellow. But this was totally uncool and shameful. It’s perfectly fine for him to disagree with CTR and even to argue with him. But calling him a fat motherfucker in front of other people and a camera is inexcusable. I presume BP will apologize, and I’m a little surprised he hasn’t already.

    And Dusty–well, I’m sure he was taken by surprise, but he really should have stepped in and been a leader instead of “this is between you guys.”

  4. Marcy C permalink
    September 4, 2013 12:53 PM

    I agree completely with what Chris and spbengals said. I like Brandon, but this little escapade put a bitter taste in my mouth and lowered my opinion of both Brandon and Dusty.
    Could you imagine, say Joe Morgan or George Foster, acting like this ? Better yet, can you picture Sparky Anderson letting one of his players continue? Absolutely not!The Big Red Machine players had far more respect for their manager than Brandon Phillips ever will. They were also professionals , who would not overstep their boundaries with the press.
    Brandon, your Momma should have given you a dose of soap in your mouth to clean up that dirty mouth! You owe that reporter, your manager and your fans an apology if you expect some R-E-S-P-E-C-T from your fans and the press !

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