He did not have to do it.
Rhys Hoskins could have put on his Patagonia trucker cap and golf shorts, fled the Phillies' clubhouse, got behind the wheel, turned on the radio and made his confrontation with a Phillies fan out of his head.
That would have left his teammates and manager to explain his unacceptable actions. That would have allowed sports talk shows in the region and across the country to fill up food for at least 24 hours.
Hoskins did not run away. He stayed. After his worst moment in his brief career as Philli, Hoskins stayed in the clubhouse to face a phalanx of reporters and explain why he had a fierce exchange with a patron sitting in the sixth inning over the Phillies' dugout. 1
Then he made another one.
Hoskins heard a heckler and he fired back to the shelter. Then, after taking off his helmet, he stepped out of the shelter to make that suggestion to the fan, if our lip-reading was right: "Go home."
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It was stubborn, and immature and unprofessional – the sort of reaction one would expect from a frustrated player playing his 117th major league game.
But Hoskins behaves like a player who has played 1,117 major league games. Monday night's forbearance was under him. He knew it. So he showered, got ready to leave, waited for the arrival of the press and turned to him:
"I realize what happened, obviously," he said. "Somebody said something on the bleachers that obviously triggered me, I was pretty frustrated with the at-bat I just had and added the flaw, I'm caught in that moment, should not happen, can not happen. But it did. "
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His manager, Gabe Kapler, played in the era where players play less and less responsible for their actions, especially when their actions were inappropriate. Kapler also played among players who would never shirk their responsibility to explain their performances, no matter how awkward they may be.
These players are called leaders.
"I think it's very representative of who I came to know Rhys as," said Kapler. "Only a total professional, understanding what people need of him, understanding that he must be responsible for his actions, and ready to lead tough conversations head-on."
"He is a very capable leader for this club."
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Hoskins would not tell what the fan said, he said he could not remember what the fan said or what he said or even what the fan looked like. "I wish I could," he said. It obviously embarrassed him that he had not checked to see if the ball had passed the catcher, and misinterpreted a question about this facet of the incident as an accusation that he was not running I purposely:  "I do not want to run on purpose," he said. "I do not think that's my kind of player."
The type of player he is waiting for an additional 15 minutes in front of his locker to face the music.
It was unclear whether Kapler or any other representative of the Phillies suggested to Hoskins that he should stay and deal with the subject, but Kapler and Hoskins discussed it.
"Rhys always says and does the right thing," said Kapler, neglecting the word ] almost . "He's imperfect, he gets frustrated like everyone else, we talked about it, it's over."
Thanks to his openness, it's now behind us all.
"I think it's a necessary thing," said Hoskins. He knew the camera would betray his Tiff. "Today's world, I know everything gets trapped, I just assumed it was, I was wrong, it's right to deal with it and continue from there."
Hoskins had in his previous At Bats searched in the fourth inning, and he discussed the call with panel referee Joe West, but Hoskins insisted that West's third was named The strike had no effect on his loss of serenity two days later.
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