Brandon Phillips berated a Cincinnati Enquire reporter before Wednesday nights game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The
reporter on the receiving end of the tirade was C. Trent Rosencrans. Phillips was apparently mad at a tweet that was sent by Rosencrans upon learning Phillips would be in the 2 spot of the batting order.
This is the tweet Rosencrans sent out:
Reds go from a hitter with a .320 OBP in the 2 hole to one with a .310 OBP
— ctrent (@ctrent) August 28, 2013
A simple tweet but a very passive aggressive tweet at that. Without naming the players in the tweet it makes it seem Rosencrans didn’t agree with the change. If he had named the players though this may have been a non issue.
After going off on Rosencrans in the club house Phillips then interrupted manager Dusty Bakers pregame media session. This time though Phillips comments were caught on camera. Although you can not see Phillips you can hear his comments.
The following the the transcript between Phillips and Rosencrans:
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 …”
Phillips: “Fat motherf###er. Make him happy, Dusty. Fat motherf###er. I’m tired of you talking that negative shxx 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.” smiling and grinning.
Rosecrans: “That’s between him and him.”
The whole situation was a little surreal. Rosencrans seemed taken aback, Dusty didn’t appear to know what to do. Phillips appeared overly aggressive.
There are two sides to every story. Phillips is an emotional guy we have all seen that, he is a complex character to say the least. Rosencrans has been at times overly negative at times this season.
Unfortunately this is a big story this morning. Sportscenter has shown it before the Reds Cardinals highlight on every hour, FoxSports1 had it, every site and blog has been carrying it. The Reds need to be known for whats happening on the field.
Hopefully this is behind them but if it helps the team put up 10 runs every night, maybe it should be a regular occurrence.