The Cardinals-Reds series got a lot spicier Monday courtesy of Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips.
Phillips told the Dayton Daily News’ Hal McCoy that he "hates" the Cardinals because they complain too much, and added a few expletives for good measure.
"I’d play against these guys on one leg," said Phillips, who is nursing a sore shin. "We have to beat these guys. All they do is (complain) and moan about everything, all of them."
Phillips then called the Cardinals the technical term for female dogs, and he followed that up by saying:
"I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear: I hate the Cardinals."
McCoy speculated Phillips is upset over gamesmanship by Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan in previous series. The Cardinals said baseballs the used at Great American Ball Park were too slick because they weren’t rubbed up properly, and they also had umpires check pitcher Bronson Arroyo’s cap for illegal substances.
La Russa was still steaming over Phillips’ comments after St. Louis’ 7-3 victory at Great American Ball Park. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss: "We win the right way; we lose the right way. Over the years we’ve done both those things. If we get beat, we tip our caps. If we win, we don’t get arrogant and show anybody up."
La Russa also pointed out that several ex-Cardinals, including newly acquired center fielder Jim Edmonds, now play for Cincinnati.
"I don’t think that will go over well in his clubhouse," La Russa told the Post-Dispatch’s Bernie Miklasz. "Phillips is ripping his teammates. (Scott) Rolen, Edmonds, (Miguel) Cairo, (Russ) Springer, all of the ex-Cardinals over there. He isn’t talking about this year. He’s talking about the way we’ve always played. And those guys are old Cardinals. Tell him he’s ripping his own teammates, because they were all Cardinals."
Phillips was 0-for-5 against the Cardinals on Monday.