Phillips: “They’re supposed to boo me”
A sellout crowd at Busch Stadium — the largest regular-season crowd in the ballpark’s history — saved its strongest pregame reaction for none other than Brandon Phillips, a player the St. Louis faithful love to hate. The boos were loud and followed Phillips throughout the afternoon. Cardinal fans will tell you that Phillips has earned the hatred after the colorfully critical words he said about the organization in 2010 and an ensuing brawl that started with a tiff between Phillips and Yadier Molina.
So, yeah, his welcome on Monday was basically as expected.
“The fans are doing their job,” Phillips said after the Reds’ 13-4 win. “They’re supposed to boo me, for the things I said about the organization. I respect them for booing me. But the thing is though, they have to realize I’m the type of person that loves that [stuff]. I love it. They don’t realize they’re throwing gas on the fire. I feed off of that. They’re one of the best fans in baseball, they really are. For them to keep on booing me like that, it’s letting me know they’re dreaming about me at night.”
So while those comments are kind of inclusive of a compliment, they are also a jab right back. Perhaps he’s found a way to (if it’s possible) put himself in position to be disliked in this city even more. Phillips didn’t do all his talking postgame either. He reached base four times on Monday, connected for a home run and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth.
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