Angry Young Man
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.