“I feel like the city of Cincinnati really deserves better,” Phillips told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. “During the season, there was no point to [people who] say negative things. But now, since the season is over, we deserve everything. We choked. I don’t care how my teammates feel about what I am saying now, because it’s truth. Either you win or you go home. And I’m going home. The last place I want to be is on my couch.”
Later on, Phillips changed the “we” to an “I.”
“I choked,” Phillips explained. “I didn’t do [anything] to make the team win.”
Obviously the loss isn’t all on Phillips. Although he had a poor night, going 0-for-4 and stranding four runners, the pitching wasn’t good either. Starter Johnny Cueto lasted just 3.1 innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and a walk.
On the season, Phillips batted .261, had an on-base percentage of .310 and slugged .396. He hits 18 home runs and drove in 103 runs.