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Jimmy Rollins: the Phillies are still the better team

Nov 5, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

Take it away Jimmy:

“They were the better team this series. Do I think we’re the better team? I really do. They just executed.”

Um, yeah.

Look, I wasn’t critical of Rollins’ prediction before the Series, because if I was the manager of a team I’d want my players to think they’re going to win. You don’t be cocky or disrespectful about it — and I don’t think Rollins was — but if someone asks you for a prediction, go ahead, say you’re going to win.

But after the fact? Whatever, Jimmy. We can argue all day long about who’s better on paper and whether winning a short series truly means you’re the “best” team and all of that (indeed, I’ve made that argument myself), but in this case Rollins has no leg to stand on:

The Yankees were a better team during the regular season.

The Yankees were the better team during the postseason.

The Yankees were the better team on paper.

The Yankees are the better team from a historical perspective.

Could the Phillies have won this series? Sure, anything can happen.  Are they a good team? Absolutely.  But if they had won it, it would have been an upset, and for anyone to say otherwise is pretty deluded.

  1. dcfan - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    The Yankees winning just proves how screwed up baseball is even without the steroid scandal. For a team to go out and spend what they spent to win the World Series and then actually win it is ridiculous. It proves that in baseball championships can be bought unlike nearly every other team sport. For the Yankees fans go ahead, claim your victory. You had the best baseball team, i can not argue that. But to say the Yankees deserve it, that this huge 9 year World Series drought is over is ridiculous. I hate hearing them say finally. They dont have that right. Yes you spent it to win and you won, thats fine. Learn some class and celebrate the right way, seriously.

  2. Dave - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Sounds like dcfan is a whinner! You have no baseball team of worth & your football team couldn’t beat a Division 2 college team.
    Keeping crying, you someday might be able to carry the jock strap of a Yankee player!

  3. teofilo santiago - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    I know that many people are thinking about all the money the Yankees invested to win the World Series. But one has to really think about the entire season. Yes, they had more money to spend, but that along those not make a team a sure winner.

  4. Yankeefan - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    If I had the money to invest as did the Yankee Organization, I would hope the return on my investment would be as great as theirs.

  5. Shaun - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    waaaaa, call the wanbulancefor sock puppet philly fan! Want some cheese with that whine ?

  6. wewous - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    We need to here from MARK MY WORDS!!

  7. Ejcsr - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Rollins has to go away for a while and Be Quiet! I am a big phillies fan, but the yankees are better this year. No doubt about it. Not bad to come in second behind the yanks! Please jimmie, shut up next year!! By the way our football teamed beat ty nj. giants last week!!

  8. wreckanize - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    They deserve it because they played better than anyone else. Lest we forget, this team has been a cornerstone in MLB since the dawn of time. Spending money is one thing, having those guys perform up to par is another. They spent the money others didn’t. Too bad. We returned to our place at the top and we outplayed the defending champs. Get over it, Rollins. That is not to say the Phillies are a bad team, because they aren’t. They are a great team or they wouldn’t be in the WS. They simply got beat by a better team. I am just tired to people coming up with any excuse they can find as to why NY wins. Deal with it.

  9. bh0673 - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Slow down dcfan, 75% of that payroll went to keep their own free agents and the 17 players at league min. The bulk of the bull pen, center field and 3/5ths of the infield are home grown, Pettite although he came back as a free agent is still a Yankee. IF the Yankees hadn’t spent what they did to retain their players the amount they spent on Sabathia, Burnett and Texiera wouldn’t stand out so large.

  10. YankeesfanLen - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Rollins has his opinions, Yankees have their rings.

  11. Jason @ IIATMS - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    How on Earth did they NOT celebrate the right way, in a classy way?
    They paid homage to their opponents, ownership, fans, teammates.
    They hugged it out like every WS team does.
    They popped the corks and celebrated with their families.
    They rejoiced in their teammates’ successes.
    Yet, that’s not the right way? Not classy enough? I suppose Jimmy Rollins’ way is the right, classy way, eh?

  12. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    wah wah wah.

    fixed that for you

    Learn some class and celebrate the right way, seriously.

    pot meet kettle

  13. roleston - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Hey wait a min! Where is that John guy who spammed us with MARK MY WORDS!!! PHILLIES IN SIX…NO I MEAN SEVEN!!!! MARK MY WORDS!!! Where is that guy?

  14. Jackson - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    I’d also like to add that the phillies really have nothing to hang their heads about. It was a great postseason and even though they didn’t win the final series, both provided a good contest. It wasn’t salary or steriods or anything else that beat the phils. All in all, they have nothing to hang their heads about.

  15. rkimball - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:00 AM


  16. rkimball - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Jimmy Rollins : ” We will win in five games maybe six if we are nice”
    Hey Jimmy the Whiner……….The Yankees were nice to you to let you win ONE game in your home park and we wanted to celebrate in New York
    Nice .217 average and 3 runs scored in the series Jimmy !!
    Phillies Spark plug ? What a Joke !!!
    If you had any class you would have shut your mouth and played the
    game the right way like the Yankees with class……
    Nice prediction on Leno jackass……….just another punk like TO and “Who’s Your Daddy” Pedro
    No Jimmy you are not the better team you were beat by The Glorious Proud Classy Yankees. The Yankees won in 2000 also and 2009 gives them title of team of decade. You are not better than the Yankees Jimmy nor could you defend a title like the 1998-2000 Yankees.
    You are one year wonders thats all…..
    Shut your mouth Whiner and Sore Loser……make another prediciton next year Jackass………Yankee fans will love to shut you up again.

  17. yankfan - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    for those that say a salary cap is needed, whose to say that the cheap teams will spend up to the cap amount. Lets say they put a 75-100 million cap out there. It doesn’t mean that all those teams with sub-75 payrolls will all of a sudden pay more and max the cap. the teams that spend money will still spend money, and most likely will like it as they will be saving money

  18. Christina - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Your comments really were not necessary. Sure, dcfan has a different viewpoint, but there’s no need to insult him. Can’t we have a lively discussion without resorting to disgusting imagery? Children who are baseball fans read these comments, too, you know.

  19. Steve - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    That was one of the best Series’ in a long time. Each team is loaded with talent and the Yankees really earned their Championship. Obviously having a seemingly limitless budget is an advantage, but it is foolish to say that they “bought” their title. If that was the case, the Twins would never be competitive and other high spending teams like the Mets would finish towards the top. The Yankees brought in some serious talent, but the core of the team, both young and old, came through its system. Jeter, Mo, Pettite, Posada, Cano, Melky, Hughes, Joba and so on. Some of the others came via trade for players the Yankees brought through their system, like A-Rod (for Soriano) or Swisher (prospects Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez). I don’t begrudge the Yankees or their ability to build a great team. Congratulations NY.

  20. comeonman - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Hey JELLY ROLL, WE HAVE THE BETTER SHORT STOP TOO……….Charlie Manuel said the right things’s about the Yankees, thanks, the Phillies are good, but Jelly Roll is a MOTOR MOUTH.

  21. Mark Vert - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Any team could have signed the players the Yankees signed. Just buck up or shut up. They did what they had to do.
    And they made plays on the field.

  22. esl4891 - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Fuck the Yankees.

  23. Christina - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    I agree with Jackson. The better team won, but to even make it to the World Series and to keep the series going past the normal number of games is nothing to be ashamed about. The Phillies were worthy adversaries, but someone has to lose, unfortunately.

  24. Joel Greene - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    As a Philadelphia sports fan, it’s my belief that Jimmy Rollins’ declaration that the Phillies are the better team, especially when he made it after the World Series was over and his team had lost, is foolish, an error in judgement, made in bad taste, and is a demonstration of poor sportsmanship.

  25. Yanks22 - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    I seem to remember a certain city with riots in the streets and greased light poles to keep their unruly fans from hurting themselves! Last night I watched a team and a city celebrate with class. It looks like Cole got what he wanted, the year to come to an end!

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