On Saturday, Brandon Phillips was asked how he felt about being denied of his fourth career Rawilings Gold Glove Award last season. Naturally, the two-time All-Star certainly didn't disappoint by providing some rather interesting answers.
“Was I surprised? Yes. I don’t get mad at things I really can’t control. But I was very surprised I didn’t see my name. I thought I was getting punked when I heard about it. That’s the way it is,” said Phillips.
No, Ashton Kutcher and his Punk'd team weren't in on the decision at all. The managers and coaches just decided to vote for Chicago Cubs second basemen Darwin Barney, instead. But Phillips believes his style of play was much to blame for voters favoring Barney over him.
“The only thing I can do is go out and play the game the way I do. I do it with flair because baseball is a boring game. That’s why I play with flair. Do I think that’s one of the main reasons I didn’t win the Gold Glove? Yeah, I can say that. The managers don’t like me. They see my work ethic. They see I’m a good baseball player. If I was on their team, they’d love me.”
Phillips, 31, says his refusal to conform to the unwritten rules of the game sometimes rubs opposing coaches and players the wrong way. However, Phillips admits that he can understand why they might feel that way.
“When I watch myself on TV, I see why other teams don’t like me. There’s nothing wrong with that. It means I’m a good baseball player. If I was a sorry player, they wouldn’t care. But I feel like I’m good enough that I might be a threat to their team.”
The Stone Mountain, Georgia concluded by saying:
“I don’t care if you like me or not. If you get to know me as person, you’ll (like) me. If I was on their team, they’d love me."
Via Cincinnati Enquirer