@DatDudeBP Giveaway Week 2

Last week’s Counting Baseballs blog giveaway was a success.  Joey Orr won this Matt Wieters shirt for his comments and tweets.

For week two, I’ve decided to give away a Brandon Phillips jersey shirt.  Phillips is a gold glove winning, home run hitting second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds, my favorite NL team after the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Brandon is also active on twitter with 206,000+ followers and almost 5,000 tweets.  If you’re not following him yet, what are you waiting for?

The rules to win the shirt are simple.

I post blog entries every day.  All you have to do is leave a comment or retweet my blog link on twitter.

So, again,  to enter:
1)  Leave a comment.
You can enter up to seven times per week simply by leaving a comment.  Non-pertinent, spam, or inappropriate comments will not be accepted.  If you comment multiple times on the same blog entry, it still counts as one entry.  For example, if you commented on three different blog posts from this week, you’d have three entries.  If you’d comment three times on the same blog posting, it would could as one.

2)  Retweet (RT) my posts on Twitter
You can find me on twitter under 333greystreet.  Simply retweet my daily posts and I’ll count that as an entry.  My blog is connected to my twitter so that I automatically tweet once I post a new entry.  Each day, I’ll search who’s retweeted me and enter those users into a hat along with the commenters.

At the end of the week on Sunday, I’ll have Olivia, Amy or I will choose a name from a hat and announce the winner.

So let’s show you the Brandon Phillips shirt:

(by the way the winner can choose a SMALL, LARGE, or 2XL shirt)

Name and Number:



Reds logo:


Let’s finish this post with some Brandon Phillips talk.

Personally, I love Brandon Phillips.  Any time he comes up in batting practice, I anticipate him hitting a bomb in my direction.  Altogether, I have caught 7 of his home runs in batting practices since 2009.  His batting stance is unmistakeable when he steps into the cage.  He’s one of those guys whose stances I would’ve mimicked playing wiffle ball in the back yard.  Additionally, I loved how he publicly stated how he hated the Cardinals in 2010 and also said the Cardinals are ‘Little B*tches.’  If you’re a Cardinals fan sorry, but the Cards are one of my three least favorite teams.

How about Brandon Phillips on the field?  Where does he rank among second basemen for you in the National League?  Chase Utley has been bitten by the injury bug recently, Dan Uggla is streaky as heck, Danny Espinosa has power but struggles to hit his weight, and Rickie Weeks declined from his 2010 career year.  If I had to choose, I’m taking Phillips.  He hit .315 with 10 home runs after the All Star break last year, gives you 20 SB potential, and is as solid fielding second baseman as anyone in the game.

What are your thoughts?

Good luck in this week’s giveaway.  Maybe Brandon can RT a link and give some more Reds fans a chance to win this shirt?

There’s only 59 more days until Opening Day, 12 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training!


  1. Zac Weiss

    Huge fan of Dat Dude. He had a great year offensively and defensively. He is a gold glover and got that .300 average he wanted. He is a solid all-around player and one of my favorite non-Pirates. I still love that you are doing these giveaways.

  2. Mateo Fischer

    My personal connection to Brandon Phillips is that I read a book called “Living On The Black”, which follows Tom Glavine and Mike Mussina for a year as they were members of the Mets and Yankees respectively. This particular quote comes from a Spring Training game: “Brandon Phillips, hit Mussina’s first pitch deep into the left-field bleachers…someone Mussina had never seen before in his life. ‘I couldn’t even tell you his last name,’ he said a month later.” From the point where I read that on, I have followed Brandon Phillips.
    – Mateo

  3. Stephen

    I agree, I think Brandon Phillips is the best 2B in the National League and I think he gets overlooked because he’s in Cincy. Uggla is WAY too streaky. I’d give it to Utley as well but he was hurt. I think a good @B is the hardest fielding position to come by with a productive fielder and hitter.

    • mlblogscountingbaseballs

      Good luck everyone and thanks for the comments. I tweeted Brandon Phillips about possibly retweeting my giveaway blog link, but was ignored. I guess I like him a little less now, but he’s still a good ballplayer.

  4. Avi M (@2131andBeyond)

    I still remember when Phillips paid for a fan to come see the Reds on the road, all expenses paid trip and everything. That’s an awesome thing about players connecting with fans on Twitter

  5. bloggingboutbaseball

    Hi, Erik.
    It’s great that you’re doing contests! What a cool idea on how to increase your traffic. I’m sure you’ll be up a few spots from #15 in January. Here’s hoping I win!

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