Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Video: Brandon Phillips unleashes tirade toward beat writer

Emotions were running high in Cincinnati's clubhouse before Wednesday's series finale against the Cardinals, and understandably so. The Reds were in danger of getting swept in humiliating fashion to their division rivals, and more importantly, losing more ground in the pursuit of first place.

So, after Tuesday's 6-1 defeat to the hands of the Cardinals, All-Star second basemen Brandon Phillips approached manager Dusty Baker with an idea. Phillips expressed his desire to move to the No. 2 spot in the batting order in an effort to spark the slumping offense. As he has done many times before, Baker obliged.

Word of the decision eventually got around to Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans, who took to Twitter to discuss the matter, and subsequently sent out a series of tweets which seemingly criticized Phillips' on-base percentage.

Here are the tweets in question:
Phillips apparently saw the tweets and took exception.

Here is the transcript for the dialogue in the video:

Phillips: “Hey Dusty, the fat motherf***er on the end is worried about my on-base percentage. Why don’t you tell him to have me bat eighth with my on-base percentage.”

Rosecrans: “I don’t care about that."

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’s between you and him.”

Rosecrans: “It’s between him and him.”

In my opinion, Phillips probably could have expressed his displeasure with Rosecrans in a more professional manner. I'm not sure why Rosecrans decided to word those tweets in the manner that he did, because they can definitely be perceived as trolling, but at the end of the day they still represent factual information, even if Rosecrans' motive was questionable.

The story went viral in a matter of hours and put pressure on the newspaper to release some sort of statement on the incident, which it did:

There was a situation that arose this evening prior to the Reds and Cardinals game involving our reporter C. Trent Rosecrans and Brandon Phillips.

Phillips took exception to our analysis concerning his on-base percentage and a follow-up tweet after being moved into the second spot in the lineup. It is a fair subject to consider, and one our readers would expect us to address.

While we are disappointed in Phillips' reaction, we understand it is a pennant race and emotions are high during a crucial series with a heated rival. This isn't the first time a player has lost his temper in response to a reporters questions and it won't be the last. It is part of covering the team day-in day-out.

This will not effect our coverage of the team or Phillips. We plan on moving on from and we hope Phillips does to.

For what it's worth, Phillips' move to the 2-hole seemed to have worked wonders in Wednesday's 10-0 Reds victory. The 32-year-old was instrumental in igniting a six-run top of the first and wound up 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wish BP could have kept his cool a bit, but the guy at least from everything I see (from the outside) is the leader, is the team guy willing to do whatever is asked of him. So what hid OBP is dropping to that I say RBI that is what he was put in the 4 spot to do. Not sit there and take walk after walk. Why doesn't anyone track RWI (runs walked in). I know OBP is important, but with as dysfunctional as this offense is at times we are damn lucky to have at least a couple of clutch hitters Phillips in my opinion being the most clutch.