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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Reds 7, Giants 3

Brandon Phillips is, Pete Mackanin joked, his favorite player. Hitting a grand slam in a manager's debut will do that.

Phillips went 3-for-4 with three runs, four RBI and couple of nice plays on the night after he caused a stir. I talked to Phillips about what he said before the game. He didn't know it got the run it did. He did not back off.

He said he was mostly talking about media attention, which the players he mentioned have no control over. So his comments may have been misguided, but he said none of players said anything about what he said. "I got no problem with anyone," he said.

Postgame, he said: “It doesn't matter who the manager is, it just felt good to get a win. I was hoping and praying that it went over the fence. It felt good. It felt good to put our team on top. Our team has been struggling with runners in scoring position.”


at 12:08 AM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Philips went 2 for 4.

at 9:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

could he have been hiding in plain sight, right under our collective nose? Brandon are you what the "clubhouse" needs? - a leader? his comment could have been misguided - but certainly timely. Go Brandon!!

at 11:17 AM Anonymous mikec said...

Since he came here Phillips has been nothing but a pro. His been the fire of this team. Maybe now he's ready to become the heart and soul of it.

What's great to me is here is a guy that was said to be uncoachable. And he's grown up and matured right in front of us. I hope the Reds sign him to a long-term deal and he continues to step up and be the leader the Reds so desperately need.

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