In St. Louis (or at least in Busch Stadium) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is public enemy number one. Last Aug – as many of you remember – Phillips was quoted by the media saying some not-so-nice things about the Cardinals. It was printed on the first day of a 3 game series between the two teams at Great American Ballpark.
“I’d play against these guys with one leg. 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.”
The Cards chose higher ground, and took the field to play as if nothing had happened. That is, until Phillips stirred the pot. In his first at bat of the 2nd game, he gave catcher Yadier Molina a ‘love tap’ with his bat. Yadi was not happy and words were exchanged. Before you know it, benches cleared, bullpens emptied and a full out brawl was underway.
A local tee-shirt company in St. Louis called Rina Wear, known for their comical and sometimes not-so-nice verbiage, made a shirt I couldn’t resist. It has the Reds logo with Phillips’ name in it, and underneath it said “St. Louis’ Bitch”. I folded it to hide the bottom half, and was able to get Phillips to sign it. He never saw what it really said, but I rather enjoyed it. (I was even offered $100 for my shirt later that night)
This year – Phillips gave me more to work with. When he got to St. Louis he tweeted that his teammates were asking him about a good place to eat here. He told them he’d take them to the store to get lunchables. (I gotta say – this guy is kinda funny) Sunday during batting practice (wearing my signed, anti-Phillip’s shirt but folding my arms to hide the bottom) I called him over, showing him that I had a gift for him. He came out – then doubled back to grab one of his bats – and walked right to me. We exchanged his bat for the red and black gift bag I had put together earlier in the day, and my mom took this pic. He seemed excited to be receiving a gift; he even asked me for a hug.
I wasn’t expecting the bat – and I actually felt a little bad as he walked off into the clubhouse having not yet opened his gift. I’m sure when he did – finding a lunchable inside – he got a good laugh out of it. I also slid a picture of my shirt in the bag – with a note thanking him for signing it! He must have been thinking “Damn! That bitch got me TWICE!” (The next time CIN came to STL, he did come out to sign my bat, so he couldn’t have been too mad lol.)
Brandon Phillips – I hope you enjoyed your fine complimentary dinner last night. Thanks for the bat, and thanks for being a good sport!