GOODYEAR Brandon Phillips wasted no time putting his body to a supreme test shortly after his arrival at spring training camp late Wednesday morning.
The star Cincinnati Reds second baseman put on his game pants, hiked them to just below his knees, and attacked Krause Hill.
Krause Hill, named after strength and conditioning coach Matt Krause, is a 12-degree grassy knoll next to the clubhouse and rises to what appears to be the highest point in Goodyear.
Phillips sprinted up it at least a dozen times at full speed and when he finished he was not only not gasping for air, he wasnt even breathing hard.
That hill seems to be easier than the other hill he is trying to climb an extension on the contract that expires after this seasons 12 million year.
Phillips, though, is making no demands, setting no deadlines and is not raising his voice as he talks about it.
Im not trying to break the bank or nothing like that, he said. I dont want no Prince Fielder money, nothing like that (9 ...