Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has proved time and time again how willing he is to interact with fans at the ballpark and over various social media outlets. Phillips' constant engagement and openness with followers has made him one of the most entertaining MLB stars to follow on Twitter (trust me, if you're not following @DatDudeBP , you should be). This time, however, the smooth-fielding infielder may have outdone himself
On Thursday afternoon, Phillips received an invitation via a tweet to attend 14-year-old Connor Echols' baseball game. Not only did he respond to Connor's tweet , he actually showed up to it as promised. Fans often ask for shout outs or retweets, and occasionally celebrities/players are happy to oblige. But to actually show up at this young man's baseball game? What a cool thing to do.
"I had nothing else to do. I thought, 'Let me go out and support the little man.' I went out there and he had a great game. I met all his teammates. I met everybody in the park. It was fun. I had a great time." -Brandon Phillips
It is always nice to see players going out of their way to interact with fans, and what Phillips did for young Connor is amazing, but not shocking. Phillips has been extremely popular since he was traded to the Reds in 2006, and his willingness to share his time with the people who adore him is one of the main reasons why.
Tip of the cap to you, BP. Classy move.