SportsIllustrated For the past year, Brewers prospect Brett Phillips has been known as “that guy with the really freaky laugh.” Now that’s debuted in the major leagues, he has a new claim to fame—the guy who used to play HORSE against Randy Savage. When Phillips was called up by Milwaukee on Monday, he regaled the media with his tale of when “Macho Man” Randy Savage used to challenge him to HORSE after school. “It’s a funny story,” Phillips said, according to MLB.com. “Macho Man was my neighbor from seventh until 11th grade before he passed away. Every day, he’d see me riding my bike home from school and he’d call me over to play basketball. You would think one of the days, one of the games, he would let up on me, but that was not the case. I got beat every time. You know how kids are always like ‘one more game, one more game’? No, he was the one saying ‘one more game, we’re going again’ and I’d be exhausted.” He really never won a single game? Phillips definitely should have dressed up like Hulk Hogan to get under Savage’s skin.
Brett Phillips is the 10th ranked prospect in baseball, he is a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization, and I could not be more jealous of his childhood. Brett Phillips grew up in Seminole, Florida, and his neighbor was professional wrestling icon “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and the two became friendly. Every day when Phillips walked home from school, The Macho Man would be waiting for him in his driveway, and he would challenge Phillips to play him in H-O-R-S-E on Savage’s basketball hoop. The two would play multiple games each day, and of course, Phillips never won. If I was Macho Man’s neighbor, he would have never invited me to play H-O-R-S-E, because mu constant assault of questions would have annoyed him. “What was your relationship with Hulk Hogan really like? Were you mad Vince McMahon made you tag with Zeus to promote “No Holds Barred” even though he could not wrestle? Break down your classic Wrestlemania III match versus Ricky Steamboat move by move please.” I think it would have been met quickly with a “Get out of here kid, DIG IT!?!” from Macho Man which still would have been awesome.
I cannot post this without adding a classic “Macho Man” Randy Savage promo or two, this is one of my favorites from the “Macho King” era:
Here’s a tribure video that aired after the death of the great Randy Savage: