Brandon Phillips and Yuniesky Betancourt High-Five for the Weirdest Out of the 2013 MLB Season (Video + GIF)
A few weeks ago we saw—or rather, heard—Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips being a big douchebag and berating a Cincinnati sports reporter in front of his colleagues because said reporter had the audacity to point out that Phillips has a below-average on-base percentage.
At the time, I remarked that I was somewhat surprised, because Phillips is usually a pretty fun guy. And I suspect, or at least I hope, that Phillips apologized to the guy later.
In any case, this weekend in Milwaukee, Phillips was back to being the fun ballplayer that everybody knows and loves.
What did he do, you ask? Well, he gave us the strangest and most amusing putout of the 2013 MLB season.
In the top of the first inning on Saturday against the Brew Crew, after Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a double, Phillips squared up to lay down a sacrifice bunt to get the runner over to third. That bunt went right down the first base line to Yuniesky Betancourt, who picked it up and waited for the Reds second baseman to run into the tag.
However, Phillips never arrived. He started running back toward his dugout once the ball was fielded.
Now, the umpires could have just called Phillips out and that would have been the end of it. But for some reason they didn’t. So Phillips put an end to it himself by running back out and giving Betancourt a high five on the glove, effectively tagging himself out.
Take a look at the video:
And, of course, here is the obligatory animated GIF: