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Some questions for Jimmy Nostradamus

Oct 28, 2009, 12:37 AM EDT

rollins_091027.jpgSo Jimmy Rollins is making predictions again, this time forecasting a relatively smooth ride for the Phillies to a second straight World Series championship.

Rollins claimed the Phillies would take out the Yankees in five games. Why five? Because “you figure one game they’re going to find a way to win. That’s the way it is.”

The Yankees had some fun with it on Tuesday, with Jorge Posada calling Rollins “Nostradamus,” and Derek Jeter mocking the Phillies shortstop for predicting the Phillies and Yankees would meet in the World Series “about seven years ago.”

Rollins is catching some heat for his mouth, which isn’t all that surprising.

But before you go all crazy ragging on the guy, keep in mind that the man has actually made some pretty good predictions over the years, as pointed out by Lisa Swan at The Faster Times.

Rollins’ outspokenness is rare in the often-bland baseball world, where all too many players speak in cliches straight out of “Bull Durham.” But what’s even rarer is that his predictions, pronouncements, and prognostications have so often come true:

In addition to tormenting the Mets with his almost continuous predictions of their demise, he also threw his support behind Barack Obama when Obama was still an underdog to earn the Democratic nomination. And this past spring, Rollins predicted a Phillies-Yankees World Series.

All of this leads me to wonder, is Jimmy Rollins really a modern-day Nostradamus? If so, I have some questions for him:

* Will the Mariners be able to sign Felix Hernandez to an extension?

* Will the McCourt divorce tear apart the Dodgers?

* Will Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian make it?

Feel free to send me your predictions Jimmy. And I have many more questions for you, too. Please don’t delay, as I’ve already booked a flight to Vegas.

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  1. John - Oct 28, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    PHILLIES IN SIX!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!

  2. John - Oct 28, 2009 at 1:30 AM

    Rollins “Nostradamus”? Not quite as he is off by one game… I say again PHILLIES IN SIX!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!

  3. Micheil - Oct 28, 2009 at 2:26 AM

    You are obviously the coolest person ever, John.

  4. Lightfighter - Oct 28, 2009 at 6:32 AM

    “Nostradamus” John, so it’s six now?

  5. Gary - Oct 28, 2009 at 6:44 AM

    Yankees in six, what does Jimmy Rollins know?

  6. Various_Authors - Oct 28, 2009 at 6:50 AM

    Nostradoofus is more like it. Even John McCain was predicting an Obama victory, and the Mets were doing what the Mets do. Hey Rollins, watch out for that bad hop on a sharp Melky grounder in the 7th inning. Just sayin’…

  7. Charlie - Oct 28, 2009 at 7:20 AM

    Love watching someone rattle the cages of Yankee fans! Should be a great series.

  8. Angel - Oct 28, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Rollins knows enough to come back to the series consecutively in 2 series, took the yanks the biggest payroll in baseball for (x) amount of years and years of playing mediocre baseball. I’m sticking with Rollins, Phils in 5, I’ll be in Philliy monday night. PS how do the yanks have a better starting line up than the phils again? I think people make stuff up. I guess noone took in consideration how the Dodgers (the teams with the best record in the national league) were completely man handled in a couple of those NLCS games.

  9. Jeremy - Oct 28, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    How fast are Jeter and Jorge going to have to eat their words if he’s right?

  10. rudeboy - Oct 28, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Please. Dodgers are not the yankees. Phils played some cream puffs so far.

  11. CharlieM - Oct 28, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Your right rudeboy, cream puffs, and the Twins were awesome.

  12. chris - Oct 28, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    He must be the marketing manager for the Phils. It is amazing how much PR he receives when he makes these statements. What is the saying? Dumb like a fox?
    I hope he is correct, but in the meantime, everyone is having a good time with his predictions!

  13. EB - Oct 28, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    The last time the Phillies faced CC Sabathia in the playoffs in 2008, CC lasted 3.2 innings, gave up 5 earned runs and 4 walks. Yankees fans better hope he doesn’t remember that. Who needs Nostradamus. History will teach you everything you need.

  14. Kyle - Oct 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    EB, if you new anything, CC was pitching on short rest for the third time in a row that game. This game he’s on 7 days rest. I hope cliff lee brings it, it should be a great pitchers duel.

  15. funnystuff - Oct 28, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Anyone remember Shane Victorino’s Grand Slam last year against CC? I remember it and I bet there is another person that remembers as well..CC himself.

  16. AngelintheOutfield - Oct 28, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    since my lovely Angels went and lost to the Yanks, i’m actually rooting for the Yanks to win. that way at least my team lost to the best team in baseball. but to get back on track…
    Phils fans, just look at the stats. look at everything on paper. hands down, the numbers speak for themselves and the Yanks are the better team. however, i actually think it’s going to be a really close series. i’d like to see Yanks in 7, make it a real good, long exciting series.
    and yes, what happened in 2008 to CC is not forgotten. but the man is not the same pitcher last year as he is this year. he’s improved a lot and has yet to lose in the post season. better yet, the Yanks have yet to lose at home in the post season. you Phils fans are getting way ahead of yourselves.
    in the end, i blame Scioscia for being a clown.

  17. Brenda - Oct 28, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    No Yankees fan here, but there is absolutely no way that the Phillies will win this series. The Yanks are not the Dodgers and they will expose the Phillies bullpen.

  18. Mike - Oct 28, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    “In addition to tormenting the Mets with his almost continuous predictions of their demise…”? What are you talking about? Rollins predicted the Phillies would win the division in 2007; and he predicted they would win 100 games in 2008. Check and check (although I’m pretty sure he meant the Phillies would win 100 REGULAR season games last year, which they didn’t; but close enough). But how are these “almost continuous predictions of [the Mets'] demise?” His first prediction had the Phillies beating the Mets for the division title, but it wasn’t a prediction that the Mets were going to blow it at the end; and the second prediction had nothing to do with the Mets. So how exactly did Rollins predict the Mets’ demise? Listen, it’s bad enough that we Mets fans have to watch the Phillies and Yankees in the World Series; can we ditch the baseless Mets-bashing, at least until Spring Training begins?

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