CINCINNATI Brandon Phillips slashed a solid single to center field off Miami's Carlos Zambrano and was startled when the Great American Ball Park crowd erupted.
The fans kept roaring and stood applauding. A perplexed Phillips looked at first base coach Billy Hatcher and said, "What's that all about?"
Said Hatcher, "Damned if I know."
Phillips shook his head and took his lead off first base, still wondering, "Why the hell is everybody standing up? Why is everybody clapping?"
Phillips didn't say it, but it had to be in the back of his mind that the fans were giving him support in his pursuit of an extension on his contract, which the Cincinnati Reds say is forthcoming in the near future.
But that wasn't it.
It was Phillip's 1,000th hit as a member of the Reds and as he said, "It was just a regular hit, a regular single. I didn't know anything about it until the end of the inning when the announcer said, 'Congratulations to Brandon Phillips, his 1,000th his for the Cincinnati Re...