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Brandon Phillips on $72.5 million extension: “I cried … this is the best day of my life”

Apr 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Brandon Phillips sat out yesterday’s game with a sore hamstring, but still had plenty of reason to celebrate after signing a six-year, $72.5 million million contract extension with the Reds earlier in the day.

Here’s some of what an emotional Phillips said at the press conference announcing the deal:

I cried about this. This is where I wanted to be. I talked to my agents and I kept on telling them please, please make it happen. This is the best day of my life, man. …

I was like, “Mom, what should I do? The fans love me here, I love it here, this is where I wanted to be.” She was like, “Just go where your heart is.” I really didn’t want to be a free agent, regardless of what all the other guys were getting. To play in the city that I really love … I feel like this is home.

And of course $72.5 million and a deal that will be paying him $14 million as a 36-year-old also didn’t hurt.

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