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.