So Brandon Phillips Said…
…he was upset about Joey Votto’s contract. He said he still is “scarred” by getting less than half ($75M to Votto’s $200M) of what Joey “MVP” Votto received in his latest contract. I get that. I understand why Phillips is upset, but I also understand why he didn’t get “MVP money” like Votto. Brandon Phillips has been the man in a Reds jersey for years, but now he’s not the Face of the Team or even close to being the highest paid. So what is the problem with BPhil being a little hurt about having the Reds pay Votto a mint and give him the “$75 million leftovers”?
Nothing. Baseball is about a lot of things. Among them: History, statistics, pride, ego… And let’s face it, BPhil has a lot of all four of those things. So why is it a problem that he wanted Votto-money and was hurt by the Reds front office when he didn’t get it? If you feel like you are one of, if not THE, best employees at your bi-weekly paycheck, don’t you want to be paid like it? Don’t you want the respect (and responsibility) that comes along with the high dollars? I would, and I can surely understand why the Golden Glover would, too…
Yeah, But It’s JOEY VOTTO
That’s true. Not many ballplayers play like Votto has and few deserve Votto money. However, BPhil is getting $125M less than Votto. Just over a third of the total money and he is hardly “just” a third of the player Votto is. Again, I agree with BPhil and understand why he was/is upset. I wonder what Joey thinks about the stuff Brandon said about the money being thrown around…
“It Made Me Like Him Even More”
That’s what Joey Votto said about BPHhil’s comments. If Votto isn’t upset, how can you be as a fan? The only person left to have a reason to be upset is Castellini himself, but I doubt we’ll hear his reaction.
What About Team Chemistry?!?
What about it? Is it better for Brandon Phillips, who is one of the core players on this roster, to keep things as rumors or clubhouse chatter? Look what happens when bloggers get a hold of certain topics that may be best kept in-house. Things get blown out of proportion and the situation is worse than if the players would’ve just talked about it in the open. Plus, the only two characters in this story that have any impact of the team chemistry are Phillips and Votto, and Phillips HAS TO feel better after airing his feelings and Votto has calmly and non-spotlightishly (that’s a Head First Slide trademarked term, by the way) commented that he doesn’t care. Votto feels like Phillips’ comments have nothing to do with him. If the two participants don’t care, why would anyone else? It’s almost like the players realize that baseball is also a business whereas fans only see it as a sport.
So What’s The Outcome?
Well, as of the time of this typing, the Reds are leading the Pirates 5-3 and Phillips has 3 RBI while Votto has been on base three times. What is the worst that the situation can cause? The Reds clubhouse splits, the team falters, the offense sputters and the Reds lose game after game – basically the last ten games before the All-Star break. What’s the best that can happen? The Reds clubhouse feels a sense of relief, has a weight lifted off their shoulders and starts hitting the ball and the team tears off a dozen wins in a row. The actual outcome? Probably somewhere in the middle, but I’d be willing to Pete Rose that the results are closer to the latter rather than the former (that means I think the team will pull together, relax, and win some ballgames).
My Final Analysis
Good for you, Brandon Phillips. I’m sure it’s tough getting “only” $75 million to play a kid’s game, but I’m glad you realize the team still invested a LOT of money in you to perform on the field and that the fans appreciate your game and love seeing you on the roster. As anyone who has held something inside for a while knows, your relief is probably great and your opportunity to back up your feelings is fantastic. Get it done, BPhil. Prove your words.
A Few Other Thoughts
I haven’t heard the “Woo!” in a few games, which is a good thing. Maybe the larger crowds are drowning out the dim-wits or maybe the infamous “Duane” has had car trouble, but the absence of the Woo! is a good thing…
…but the crowd continues to care more about a free $3 pizza than the Reds actually winning a game. Luckily tonight is not one of those nights when the pizza-lovers cheer stupidly while the team is down late, seeing as the good guys are up by two in the 9th. I love the promotion as much as the next guy (that may not be true because I wouldn’t cheer like a rabid dog because of an 11th strikeout when the Reds are losing), but it needs a severe amendment. Make the offer only good after a winning effort, LaRosa’s. You know it’s the right thing to do.
Speaking of the right thing to do, if you don’t like LaRosa’s or have an issue with the promotion in general, take the advice of @TylerAlonzo and @CatLatos and gift your ticket stub to someone less fortunate than yourself. The success stories that they retweet after pizza games are awe-inspiring. #HatsOffCin to you, Reds fans!
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