Playing for the Atlanta Braves might be a dream come true for newly traded second baseman Brandon Phillips, but he gave one last salute to his Queen City fans Friday night on Instagram.
In a hashtag-happy post, Phillips thanked the Cincinnati Reds players, coaches and fan community for supporting him through his 11-season tenure on the team.
"You have had my back through the blood, sweat and tears and showed my family and I nothing but unconditional love from the beginning to the end," Phillips wrote. "For that, I’m grateful and was proud to wear that ‘C’ on my chest!"
Well #redscountry, I want to say #thankyou to all the #reds coaches, staff and teammates 4 the #love, #support and the #memories we made together. And to my city #Cincinnati & my fans, you have had my back through the blood, sweat & tears and showed my family & I nothing but unconditional #love from the beginning to the end. 4 that, I'm grateful and was #proud to wear that "C" on my chest! Y'all are the #best and I always played 4 you, MY FANS! #allready #salute #ondeck
The bittersweet nature of the trade goes both ways, and plenty of Cincinnatians will miss Phillips -- chief among them fellow Red Billy Hamilton.
"Brandon was like a big brother to me,” Hamilton said Monday. "You hate to see those guys go."
But he’ll be going with a smile and with the knowledge that Cincinnati helped him start an exciting new chapter in his career.