Reds second baseman
Brandon Phillips is typically all smiles when the cameras are on him, but before
last night’s game against the Cardinals — and just outside the frame of a video
recorded by a St. Louis-area radio station — Phillips let the expletives fly
during a tirade against Enquirer
reporter C. Trent Rosecrans, who dared to accurately report Phillips’ shitty
on-base percentage in response to Phillips asking to bat higher in the lineup.
Phillips was moved to the second spot in the batting order for that night's
game — he has batted fourth most of the year and ranks third in the National
League in RBI. In a tweet, Rosecrans pointed out that Phillips' .310 on-base
percentage is lower than the .320 of the guy he replaced in the
two-spot in the team's lineup.
reportedly went off on Rosecrans in the clubhouse and then continued the tirade
during the media session with Baker.
Phillips, who is off camera in the video, interrupts
the interview with Baker, calling out “fat motherfucker on the end” and saying to
Baker: “Tell him you’ll have me bat eighth if you’re worried about my on-base
percentage. Fat motherfucker, make him happy.”
says to Rosecrans, “I’m tired of you talking that negative bullshit about my
team, dog. I found out your Twitter name motherfucker, that’s a wrap.”
Rosecrans responds, “Wow, took you how many years?”
Baker laughed and then said, “I ain’t in this; it’s between you and him.”
says, “It’s between him and him.”
a blog in response to the incident before the game was over. Enquirer sports editor Angel Rodriguez
wrote, “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
reporter's questions and it won't be the last. It is part of covering the team
response to an outpouring of support on Facebook, Rosecrans wrote that this
kind of thing isn’t really new to the world of sports coverage but thanked
people for the support.
was the Reds beat writer for the Cincinnati Post and has reported for local
radio stations and websites, in addition to spending most of 2012 writing a
weekly sports column for CityBeat. He
is a 10-year member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.