Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 4/3/13
CINCINNATI Brandon Phillips wasnt wearing a pointy hat with moons and stars on it as he stood in front of a media conference before Opening Day.He should have. He proved to be quite the wizard, quite the reader of the future.The Grand Plan all spring was for Phillips to bat second in the Cincinnati Reds batting order for the entire 2013 season.Asked about it, he said prophetically, Do I think Ill bat second all year? No.It lasted one game. Left Fielder Ryan Ludwick tore up his shoulder sliding head first into third base on Opening Day and could be lost until after the All-Star break.So there it was, hanging on the clubhouse wall before game two of the season: Phillips, Fourth.As he consumed a plate of beef stew before Wednesdays game, Phillips said, It stinks, man. It really stinks. I had my focus on hitting second, knowing I was going to be there all year. I hit there in the World Baseball Classic, I hit there with the team all spring training.Just hearing them say I was going to ...
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