Barney won't let Phillips' comments become a distraction

Barney won't let Phillips' comments become a distraction
February 19, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Darwin Barney is not about Gold Gloves or himself. So when it was pointed out to him that Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips made disparaging remarks on Monday about Barney winning the 2012 Gold Glove, the second baseman couldn't hide his displeasure.

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"Yes, someone pointed them out to me," Barney told me. "I'm not sure he's talking about me. That's not my focus. My focus is not on Gold Gloves or Darwin Barney, it's about the Chicago Cubs and our goal of making the playoffs.

"If you came to me next year at this time and I didn't win the Gold Glove, but our team went to the playoffs and had a chance to win a World Series, that would be the farthest thing from my mind. We're going to focus on what we're doing here in camp and we're going to focus on what we're doing this year and not last year."

When I asked Barney if he thought Phillips was denigrating his 2012 Gold Glove, his sarcasm was evident.

"I don't know," Barney said. "I can't put words in his mouth. That's not my concern right now. I'm worried about my teammates that I have on my team."