"I still can't believe somebody is wearing my No. 4," Phillips told Cincinnati reporters. "That's kind of a slap in the face, too. But it is what it is. People have their own opinions, and I have mine."
The second baseman hit .279 with 191 home runs, 851 RBIs and 194 stolen bases while being named to three NL All-Star teams during his time with the Reds. He was traded to Atlanta for two minor-league players prior to the season, but on Friday said he "still runs this (city)."
Utility player Scooter Gennett now wears No. 4 for the Reds.
"I wish I was still a 'Red Leg,'" Phillips said. "But I'm happy to play home for the Braves. I'm happy to be where I'm at (and) getting a cooked meal from my mom and being around my family, my friends. But my heart is always in Cincinnati."
Phillips was given a loud ovation before his first at-bat in Cincinnati on Friday night.