Brett Phillips gets his Super Bowl bet fulfilled in Kansas City
By Alex Murphy
Super Bowl LV might have been in February, but Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brett Phillips was celebrating like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before Monday’s series opener against the Kansas City Royals.
Born and raised in Seminole, Florida, Brett Phillips grew up a Tampa Bay sports fan, and despite him playing on the Royals from 2018 until his trade to St. Pete in 2020, he’s kept that allegiance.
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The big game in February proved to be a conflict of interest as the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced off at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, a battle of Brett Phillips’ former sports town against his current sports town.
After taking photos in front of the Super Bowl LV logo in downtown Tampa wearing a Tom Brady Bucs jersey, Royals catcher Salvador Perez and him put down a friendly wager.
Whoever’s team lost, the other person would wear the jersey of the winning quarterback during a Rays/Royals series this season.
On the field, Brady elevated his GOAT status, leading the Bucs to a 31-9 win for his record seventh Super Bowl victory and the franchise’s second Lombardi Trophy.
Luckily, the Rays and Royals had an April series scheduled.
So, Brett Phillips presented Salvy with his very own Brady jersey.
And it was glorious.
Brady himself had some fun with the bet, commenting on the photo from his Twitter account.
Brett Phillips might be the most likable player in MLB because he’s always got a smile on his face. Royals fans were quick to welcome him back when he wandered out to center field at Kauffman Stadium this series.
He’s a fan favorite for many, except New York Yankees fans. After Yankees fans threw baseballs on the field during last Friday’s game at Yankee Stadium, the first of what became a three-game sweep for the Rays, that became a focal point for Brett Phillips.
After the Rays closed out the sweep on Sunday, he turned around to the left field bleachers, tipped his cap, and bowed to the fans, who showered him with boos and many expletives, a fitting rebuttal for Friday’s incident.
Turns out the Bronx faithful can find just about any way to dislike any player in existence, which in itself is quite a feat. Maybe they’ll turn the corner on Brett Phillips, but that won’t stop him from having a big smile on his face, ear-to-ear, for the rest of his playing career.