Reds fans think Yadi started it, Cards fans think Phillips started it. Analysts (not biased) think Phillips started it. I'd go with their interpretation.
What analysts? MLB network (not biased) is blaming Molina.
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What's important is that Phillips backed up his words by going 1 for 10 (with one single) in the first two games of the series. I think this is the beginning of the end for the Reds. They seem to be unravelling.
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Dusty Baker coaches with an attitude and eventually it carries over to his teams. Its just his style and the way he played. Not a winning way IMO. He should have had a private talk with Phillips prior to the game concerning his brash statements and told him to be professional on the field and with the media, which he did not do. If the Cardinals sweep today, this could be the pivotal series of the season in the NL Central and Phillips will carry the baggage for a long time.
I watched the clip again of the brawl and when Yadi first kicked away the shin tap from Phillips, he did it AGAIN! What the hell is wrong with that guy?! Seriously, if a guy kicks it away why would you try doing it AGAIN? That's beyond idiotic. It's definitely on him. And the sweep just punctuates it.
It appears that Phillips. being from Cincinatti, is trying to imitate Ochocinco & T.O. which doesn't play well in baseball. Too much tradition with what is and is not acceptable. Even after the sweep he was quoted to the effect that the Cards "have good pitching but that is about it". Gee, I wonder what kind of reception he will get in St. Louis when they visit for the final series between the two teams! What a moron, I'll bet his teammates are real thrilled.
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