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"Muzzling" the "mouthy" Jimmy Rollins? Why bother?

Oct 28, 2009, 10:02 AM EDT

The New York Post is doing its best to try and turn Jimmy Rollins’ prediction of the Phillies in five into some big controversy, calling Rollins “mouthy,” saying the Yankees are prepared to “muzzle” him and doing whatever they can to get any actual members of the Yankees to go on record with something controversial. Not surprisingly, no one comes close to taking the bait. In fact, Johnny Damon basically says the only reasonable thing one can say in such a situation: “What do you expect him to say and what do you expect Phillies fans to expect? I wish he had predicted it the other way, but then there would have been a lot of angry Phillies fans.”

In other words a tempest in a teapot.  Faux outrage from a paper who lives to stir this kind of stuff up.  Fun to some degree, but ultimately meaningless.

Why the Post is bothering baiting people over Rollins I have no idea given that it is great at stirring up its own controversy from whole cloth.  Did you read yesterday’s cover story Bob was talking about?  Yeah, the “Frillies” stuff was cute, but the sheer Philly hate was something to behold. Some man-on-the street quotes from the article:

“Philly fans are a bunch of whiners and should learn how to dress. They should try reading GQ.”

“I don’t have hate for Philly exactly — they are like our redheaded stepchild. It’s like a nothing city. It’s just insignificant in comparison to New York.”

“Their fans are whiners, the food is lousy and there is nothing to do. New York is all about being on top, with no excuses — just like the Yankees.”

“The big meal there is a steak with cheese and onions on a hero, but they don’t even call it a hero. It’s a hoagie. What the hell is a hoagie?”

I’ve been to Philly before. Between my experiences there and the comments I get whenever I dare say a negative thing about the Phillies, I’m 100% certain that Philly fans can give it back to New York in equal or greater measure.  That the Post didn’t send a reporter to Philadelphia to get competing quotes was probably a function of them not wanting to pay thousands of dollars in emergency room bills.

So forget Jimmy Rollins and his predictions. Let’s focus on the real competition here: the competition to see whether New York or Philly fans can do the most to shock the nation.

  1. Mike Z - Oct 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    I once heard an expression “act like you have been there before”. Obviously Yankees fans and their sports reporters have not heard of this because we all know they have been there many times before. Yet once again we hear this arrogant dribble how NY is better then anywhere else. The Yanks are unstoppable and we are waiting to go through the motions of playing the games to come to the unquestionable conclusion of another Yanks WS title. To even go as far as Photoshop a picture of one of the Phillies in a skirt and put it on the cover of their city rag. I guess when the only fans that can afford to actually watch the Yankees in person are people that built their wealth with junk bonds and Ponzi schemes you get a lot of scumbags in the bunch.
    Oh yeah I dont remember Victorino wearing a dress last year when he hit that grand slam vs. Sabathia in the NLDS.

  2. KimG - Oct 28, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    “Oh yeah I dont remember Victorino wearing a dress last year when he hit that grand slam vs. Sabathia in the NLDS.”
    HAHAHAHA I hope he doesn’t it again in the WS!! BOOOO Yankees!

  3. jaymen - Oct 28, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    All of this is pathetic dribble, fodder for morons. .
    Um, the Phillies won, what… 10 less games than the Yanks? … and they play in a weaker league too.
    Rollins should have kept his mouth shut, as we all know if Jeter was classless enough to predict such a thing, Phillie fans would be upset.
    Yanks in 6, bank on it

  4. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Oct 28, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Care to have a little cheese with that whine?

    To even go as far as Photoshop a picture of one of the Phillies in a skirt and put it on the cover of their city rag.

    Oh come on, that was funny. Although taking a paper like the NY Post seriously is like getting your news from the Enquirer.

  5. Mode:Thief and Lair - Oct 28, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Mike Z = whiner. Are you a ginger as well? Can you tell me about your parentage? What are you wearing, right now?
    KimG = “I hope he doesn’t it again” Maybe they should have made fun of your obviously sub-par education system.
    And it seems you didn’t answer the most pertinent question, “What IS a ‘hoagie.’
    Ah forget it, you guys aren’t worth the trouble.
    /sorry CC, I couldn’t resist.

  6. Mike Z - Oct 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    I will take a cheesesteak instead.
    Funny? Yes. Make any sense? None whatsoever. Seeing how Victorino went 6 for 15 in the 3 game series at the Yanks back in May where the Phils took 2 of 3. Put the entire team in a dress if they will hit .400 vs. the Yanks. But yeah your right, cant expect much from a rag like the NY Post.
    Mode: You want my SSN and bank account info while your at it? Go crawl back in your hole and bootleg some more Yanks tee’s to sell in the parking lot.

  7. John - Oct 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Try all they want in the end Rollins and the rest of the Phillies will have the final say! PHILLIES IN SIX!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!

  8. jankees_in_tropical_island - Oct 28, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    YANKEES reach…reaching for that 27th title and BRONXXXXX grab it by an inch!!! nuff said

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