Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/22/13
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Brandon Phillips’ latest media firestorm – he’s good for about one a year – drove home one point: The Reds may have some flaws, but team unity is not one of them. Phillips tends to say things that his teammates would never say or even think. The remark about the St. Louis Cardinals being “whiney little (blanks)” comes to mind. But when Phillips and Yadier Molina got into a spat over the remarks, the rest of the team had Phillips’ back in a big way. All for one, one for all. Next time you see a clip of that fight, watch what happens when Chris Carpenter shouts something at Dusty Baker. Usually mild-mannered Scott Rolen goes all WWE on Carpenter. Carpenter was a friend of Rolen’s. But it’s team first. Phillips’ remarks to Cincinnati Magazine about his contract hammered the team thing home again. The essence of what Phillips said was he was upset that Joey Votto got his contract before Phillips. (I thought the comments were self-centered and misdirected. Owner Bob Castellini cer...
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