On September 9, we received a tip. Subject: "S. Phillips." The contents? "Rumor winding it's way around the hallowed halls of the WWL is that Steve Phillips is getting canned tomorrow for an offense on par with Harold Reynold's misdeed."
After a call to ESPN public relations department asking about the "rumor" I was told that "I would be wrong" to print that story because it was inaccurate. Fine. I would have been. But natural follow-up question to these types of rumors, as per give-and-take protocol, is well, what's the real story then? Was there an incident with Phillips that Baseball Tonight people are concerned about? However I was summarily nothing-to-see-here-please-dispersed.
Obviously, there was. The other interesting thing about this scenario is that Baseball Tonight producers and talent were so rattled by the Harold Reynolds incident that I'm sure they are completely dumbfounded by Phillips' behavior. Or, at least, the rumor was at the time is that Phillips was toxic and everyone wanted him to go so they don't relive the messy HR situation all over again. Alas.