Rays’ Brett Phillips is the center of attention again

FORT MYERS — The latest adventure on Brett Phillips’ post-World Series wild ride?

He was miked up for an inning of ESPN’s national telecast of the Rays’ exhibition game Tuesday against the Red Sox. And good thing, since the game was a hardly entertaining 9-3 loss for the Rays (1-2).

“It’s an honor that they thought that I was interesting enough to be miked up,” the Seminole native said. “I hope I had some good things to say. I haven’t looked at my phone (for text messages). So I hope I didn’t say anything too, too crazy.”

Phillips, as you’d expect, told some funny stories, such as how he is now recognized around his hometown since his star turn in Game 4 of the World Series.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, ESPN didn’t have Phillips wear a microphone. He used wireless AirPods linked to his cell phone, which was in his back pocket while he played centerfield.

This team takes itself too seriously.

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What if he’d had to make a diving catch?

“That would have been funny explaining to my Sprint insurance claim people: ‘Hey, I was in a Major League Baseball game, and I had my phone in my back pocket and it broke. What’s in the written rules on that one if I can get a new phone?’”

Teammate Randy Arozarena wanted in on the fun…

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