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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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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Phillips apologizes

Brandon Phillips apologized to Pete Mackanin last night after Phillips broke slowly out of the box on a ball that he thought was going out. The ball ended up hitting off the wall, and Phillips got thrown out at second.

"It cost us a run," he said. "That pissed me off. If it cost us the game, it would have really pissed me off. I apologized. That's not me. I've been hustling all year."

Mackanin would have said something to Phillips, but Phillips approached him.

"He came up to me," Mackanin said. "We spoke. We'll talk some more. It doesn't go unnoticed."

Had the ball gone out, it would have put Phillips in the 30-30 club.

"I wish it went out," he said. "I want to get it over with. I've been trying. I've got to stop trying and let it come."

Phillips thinks tonight could be the night for 30-30.

"Hopefully," he said. "I feel it."


at 5:49 PM Blogger docproc said...

Another example of how individual records tarnish a team game.

But kudos to Phillips for owning up and approaching Pete first. Griffey would never do that.

at 5:50 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Why should Phillips apologize? If its OK for Ken Griffey Jr, then it should be OK for everyone else. Precisely why Mr Griffey has got to go. His pathetic selfish approach to the game sets a terrible example to the younger players. Get him outta here!

at 6:39 PM Blogger robby said...

That's a joke? Right? One can't seriously blame Griffey for the actions of Phillips. Maybe I imagined it, but I can remember Phillips being slow out of the box more than once this year.

Mike Stanton's had a tough time getting people out this year. Is that Griffey's fault too?

Ease up. The Reds are were they are because their pitching is pathetic. Period.

at 6:42 PM Blogger Jim said...

I give Phillips credit for being a stand up guy, admitting he made a mistake and apologizing for it.

at 6:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

BP is not too proud to come out and admit his mistake. That is the difference between him and Griffey. I think the young players look at BP (even though he is young himself) as more of a leader than Griffey so I am definitely happy to hear him come out and apologize. I like Griffey but we would be a better team by trading him.


at 7:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saarloos stinks. Phillips was right to apologize but he's only following the example set by Junior (thanks so much Ken)!

at 7:29 PM Blogger Dan H said...

John, any word on Bailey's simulated game today?

at 8:09 PM Blogger Phill said...

If Griffey had such an influence over the young players then Phillips wouldn't had apologized.

at 9:41 PM Anonymous Tom said...

Good for Brandon. It takes a man to apologize. He's got the mark of a team leader.

at 10:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched Adam Dunn almost do the same thing (Saturday) tonight. Nearly thrown out at 2nd after watching a ball hit off the center field wall. Doesn't seem like they're learning much.

at 10:44 PM Anonymous Jason said...

hey sa- anyone dogging it is wrong but what makes you think none of the other players apologized. I don't think the writers are privy to every player-manager conversation. Don't be so naive. We probably know about this because the self-promoting and self-serving Phillips told John Fay. Cleveland lost a good player to us for nothing, but they know what he is about. Wait til some of these new young players the Reds have emerge over the next couple of years and see how Phillips won't be able to handle it.

at 11:08 PM Blogger John Fay said...

For the record, Mackanin told the writers that Phillips approached him.

at 12:57 AM Blogger Sam B in ZV said...

Jason that's garbage. It's flat-out slanderous. You've never spent a day inside of a professional clubhouse, yet you're smart enough and privy to enough information that you want to immediately label a player as selfish. Real classy.

And really, do you honestly think the Indians wouldn't want Phillips back? If you don't, you're as moronic as your last post. He's the best 2B in baseball, according to some, and he's played harder than anyone on this team.

at 11:36 AM Anonymous Sam said...

Can't really agree with Jason but he brings up a couple of points. Phillips won't be able to handle some of these young guys success. I love him as a player but I read about his weak act in Cleveland BEFORE the Reds were lucky enough to get him.

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