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—Brandon Phillips, August 9, 2010
Brandon Phillips is the Second Baseman of the Cincinnati Reds.
On August 9, 2010, Phillips flapped his jibs to the news media expressing his disgust with the St. Louis Cardinals. Not only did he insult the team, but he insulted the fans by expressing his love for the Chicago Cubs, a team that has not won a World Series since 1908. Phillips was going to stand by his words despite that several players on his team used to play for the Cardinals.
Needless to say, the Cardinal players, and the ex-Cardinals-now-Reds players, were not at all pleased the following day. And at the first inning of the game on August 10, 2010, when Philips walked up to the plate to bat, Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina had a few choice words for the troll after Phillips gave Molina a friendly tap against his shin guard.
Major League Baseball suspended the Red's Johnny Cueto for seven games for his participation in the melee. However, because he is a pitcher, it means he will only miss one game despite wearing cleats which may have injured Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue. Cueto was fined as well.
Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker were suspended for two games.
Brandon Phillips and Russ Springer of the Reds and Chris Carpenter and Yadier Molina of the Cardinals were fined.
Cardinal Pitcher Chris Carpenter was pinned against the backstop screen like Cueto, but was too afraid to defend himself. He managed to part from the brawl unscathed despite concerns that he might have been injured.
The organist played the theme from "Rocky" when a fan threw a ceremonial pregame pitch. And Mr. Red acted like boxers, pretending to throw punches on the side.
Despite all of this commotion, the Cards still beat the Reds 8-4 then 6-1 on August 11.
Cardinal Fans flocked to Busch Stadium hoping to see an encore of the fight when the Reds play the Cardinals again during the Labor Day Weekend.
- Updates on the Basebrawl
- Transcript of Brandon Phillips interview with Holden Carraway.
- Cueto got worst of brawl penalties - Cincinnati Enquirer (WayBack Machine)
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