Whether you are a fan of the Cincinnati Reds or just baseball in general, chances have it you are familiar with Reds’ All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips. Though Phillips gained notoriety for his stellar play on the field, he is equally known for his contagious smile and effervescent personality. Here are a few fun facts you may not know about Brandon Phillips.
Not only was Brandon Phillips a three sport athlete at Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia but he considered playing basketball in college at the University of Georgia as well (though he ended up forgoing college when he was drafted by the Montreal Expos). If that is not enough, Phillips’ is also a stellar bowler, having bowled three perfect games!
Social Media Guru
Brandon Phillips’ hashtag DatDudeBP has almost one million followers. Phillips tweets regularly and often interacts with fans. A favorite local story in Cincinnati tells the tale of how he received a tweet about a youth baseball game from a fan, and surprised the young man by showing up!
Admittedly Flashy and Confident
You can tell by watching Brandon Phillips that he enjoys playing the game of baseball, and he is admits he is flashy adding, “I just feel like it makes me have fun if I put a little flair into it.” However Phillips brushes off any suggestion he is arrogant, claiming confidence instead. “I feel like I’m the best all-around second baseman in baseball. If you don’t think you’re the best, why go out and play this game?”
Not only is Brandon Phillips powerful at the plate, but he is absolutely amazing defensively. Phillips is regularly seen making diving catches, to the point it has become the norm – he’s even tagged out a runner by reaching between his legs. Phillips has won four Rawlings Golden Glove Awards for being the best defensively at his position.
Not surprisingly, strong athletic genes run in Brandon Phillips’ family. His sister, Porsha Phillips, is a professional basketball player in the WNBA for the San Antonio Silver Stars. Brandon’s younger brother, PJ, plays in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system and his older brother, Jamil, played in the Texas Rangers system.
Brandon Phillips enjoys a good laugh. One time he put powdered purple Kool-Aid into a teammate’s shoes. The teammate (who Phillips chooses not to identify), got hot and sweaty on the field, removed his shoes and exclaimed with concern as his feet had turned purple and he thought he has some sort of disease or outbreak. Phillips thought it was pretty funny!