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Brandon Phillips Acts Like a Real Dick to Reporter

Earns SportsCenter coverage for repeatedly calling Enquirer reporter "fat motherfucker"

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. The incident earned a minute-long segment on SportsCenter and responses from multiple national baseball writers.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.Phillips 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.”Phillips 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?”Dusty Baker laughed and then said, “I ain’t in this; it’s between you and him.”Rosecrans says, “It’s between him and him.”The Enquirer posted 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 day-in day-out.”In 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.Rosecrans 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.The full video can be seen below: 
 
 

La Russa Returns to Role of Villain

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
It took all the way until the first day of July, nearly a week from the All-Star break, to figure out just what was off about this baseball season. We’ve had plenty of exciting games  still there was something missing, and I couldn’t put my finger on it until the National League All-Star rosters were announced. Tony La Russa, we missed you.   

The Reds Play the Hits

Why Reds players put time into choosing their 'walk-up music' at Great American Ballpark

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes' entrance to the plate at Great American Ballpark is much like you'd expect: hard guitars, harder drums and completely lacking in subtlety or artistry. "Burn It to the Ground" by Nickelback plays as he walks to the plate and, sure, Nickelback sucks, but they put butts in seats and so do home runs.  

Back to the Future

Youthful 2010 roster showcases the Reds' exciting upside

0 Comments · Monday, April 5, 2010
While attending a game at Great American Ballpark has always been a good time, it's likely to be more enjoyable this summer since the team's rebuilding plan has started to show signs of fruition. The Reds' future, which has seemed bright for years, actually appears to be now.  

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