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QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q: Brandon Phillips reportedly had a bad attitude when he played in Cleveland, but he has given no indication of that in Cincinnati. What was the situation in Cleveland? — SCOTT, MIAMISBURG
A: Phillips is Mr. Wonderful 99 percent of the time, but he has his moments, to which I can attest. He got mad at me the first year he was with the Reds for something I wrote and gave me what-for. But we patched it up and he has been A-No. 1 in our dealings since. There was only one incident in Cleveland and that was because he and manager Eric Wedge didn’t hit it off and Phillips rebelled at being sent back to Triple-A. Watching Phillips play these days I can’t imagine him ever being sent to the minors once anybody saw him play.