A Time To Remember: Meeting Brandon Phillips

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This year, Brandon ordered 3 extra pink Louisville Sluggers to use for a Twitter giveaway. He gave a time for the contest to start and then asked a question;

“#BPGiveaway: #DatDude made his @MLB debut in 2002, so in what year did @sluggernation give him his “FIRST” #MamaLue’s Pink Bat?”

You had to answer using #BPGiveaway and the first 3 correct responses would win one of the bats. I guessed 2006 because it was the first season that the pink bats were used and I figured he would get one for his mom. I was the first correct answer. I could not believe it when he made his tweet congratulating me and the other winners.

I received a direct message asking for my phone number so that he could call and congratulate me. That following Sunday, I received a call from Brandon Phillips. He started the conversation off by trying to lower his voice and asking for “Morpheus?” (Matrix reference). We both had a laugh right off the bat. We spent the next several minutes talking about the contest, baseball, and some general banter. Every time I complimented him, he responded with, “I’m a normal guy, just like you.” He genuinely meant that. He is a very down to earth and humble person. I’m a lifelong Bengals and Reds fan. I know I am a bit biased, but he’s the best second baseman in baseball, period. He makes plays where all you can say is, “How did he do that?!”

While on the phone, he asked me if I would rather have him mail the bat to me or meet him in person to get it. Easiest decision ever, of course I told him I would meet him to get it. My wife has been working a ton of overtime lately, so free time is at a premium for us to be able to get away. We ended up setting a time for last Saturday. We were going to meet in front of the Reds Team Shop at 3:15pm.

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  • ctucker

    @muskiesfan I will read when I get out of class

  • BigLouBrown410

    @muskiesfan my man joe!! Happier then sweet Lou at a 9.95 buffet!! Good stuff with this 2 Joe. Seriously We have to get you exposure!

  • DeborahLohmueller

    Muskiesfan1 as an original Little Debbie lol, I’m glad you were able to meet one of your favorite ball players and that your experience was phenomenal and one that you will remember forever with joy, and to Dat Dude from a mama of the winner I can never express my thanks for all the joy that you gave my son and daughter-in-law. You will always be one of my most favorite people for that. Love ya Mom

  • muskiesfan

    @BigLouBrown410 Much appreciated my friend. Glad things are well your way. Pretty good here too. Except the rain. lol

  • suenronfl

    wonderful article Joe, Brandon is sincere and in love with the game.  No, doctorate degree of any nature can replace sincerity, love of the game and love of the fans.  He is a great role model.  Hope lots of youngsters read this.  Give them encouragement.  Hope I give you some encouragement, keep up with the sincere feelings of a loving fan of the game and players.  Never get PC.  Too many of them in the world today!!!!! Keep up the good stuff !!!  I know, I know, not good grammar, just sincere appreciation to Joe.