Brandon Phillips breaks down MLB swag, names All-Swag team
In an important and thought-provoking interview with Fox Sports' Jon Morosi, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips discussed, at length, the varying definitions of "swag" as it relates to baseball. Phillips subscribes to the Troop 41 Theory of Athletic Swag -- notably, that one must perform both for the city and the fans.
His thesis is that MLB lacks sufficient levels of swag -- but those who have it, wear it well.
Let's break down the swag taxonomy as Phillips sees it:
Professional Swag -- Andrew McCutchen
Outrageous Swag -- Yasiel Puig
Undercover Swag -- Adrian Gonzalez
No-Swag Swag -- Tim Duncan
Phillips then went on to describe the MLB All-Swag team:
Manager -- Ron Washington
Designated Hitter -- David Ortiz
Pitcher -- Felix Hernandez
Catcher -- Yadier Molina
First Baseman -- Prince Fielder
Second Baseman -- Oh, come on.
Third Baseman -- Miguel Cabrera
Shortstop -- Hanley Ramirez
Left Fielder -- Carlos Gonzalez
Center Field -- Adam Jones
Right Field -- Hunter Pence