May 20, 2003

...he's gotta wear shades

What a great kid Brandon Phillips seems to be. He always has this huge smile on his face, like he's having the time of his life. And why not? He's 21 years old, he's starting in the major leagues, and he figures to be a very rich man before too much longer. In interviews he says all the right things but, unlike some other athletes, it doesn't sound forced or scripted like something his agent told him to say. Tonight he won the game for the Indians with a 3-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, rounding out a three hit game. In his rookie year and playing a new position, he's leading the league in fielding percentage for second basemen, and the batting average is climbing. His humility seems sincere, and while being a bit awestruck at what is happening to and for him might have something to do with it, it certainly is refreshing.

Posted by dan at May 20, 2003 10:08 PM
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