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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. comeonman - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Dude, there is NO CRYING IN BASEBALL, Jimmy JELLY ROLL, stop acting all crazy please.

  2. David - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    For the integrity of the game the Yankees should submit to a drug test today. The only players on that team with a small head is Jeter.
    Yankaroid! World Tainted Champion.

  3. comeonman - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    He went to Jimmy Jelly Rolls house to play video games.

  4. Yankees - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Grow up es14891, you should be ashamed of yourself.

  5. mick-7-1961 - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    This is the same joker who predicted his Phillies would win in 6 games. Yeah, Jimmy, if you think your Phillies are better than the 2009 NY Yankees who spanked you in 6 games, keep dreaming.
    Perhaps you should have contributed a little bit more during the series to back up your self-imposed hype.
    Maybe next year, Jimmy, maybe next year!

  6. Son of Mantle - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Mr. Rollins should look at himself in the mirror, and ask if his performance at the plate during the Series was up to par. The answer is evident. Hi job is to get on base and make things happen. He rarely did so. His offensive performance is one of the reasons why the Phillies lost. He needs to learn how to lose. What an idiot.
    The Yankees have the ability to attract talent because of their storied history, level of success and culture of professionalism. They are able to use their financial resources to sign players because their success generates sufficient revenue to do so. End of story. Other teams should follow the Yankee model if they wish to be as successful.

  7. lexdan - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Hey after spending multi millions with no results for the past 8 the Yankees finally win. Let em bask in their glory already, they paid the price. The Phillies will be back next year to retake the crown.

  8. Metmaniac - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    its been proven that money does not always buy a championship. Take the Tampa Bay Rays last year. The only thing the Yankees proved is that even the most expensive team in baseball has to play 162 games and win just like everyone else. As much as I love to hate the Yankees (being a die-hard Mets fan), they earned the title. Jimmy Rollins should take the loss like a man instead of a little B*^#h and go back to Philly. Humility is a big thing in baseball. He ought to take lessons from Derek Jeter and just play the game the way its supposed to be played. Prove you’re the better team by beating the team with the best record. THEN you can say you’re team is better. Go home, take the winter off, then get in the cage and hit, so your team can depend on you when you need to come through……….and take Ryan Howard with you so he can practice hitting against left-handed pitching!!!

  9. George Herbert - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    First of all not every team could have signed those guys. I don’t know your financial situation, but not everyone can buy the three million dollar house for sale down the road. If I am not mistaken the Brewers made CC a hell of an offer but he knew he could get way more from NY. And to the guy who said that 75% of their free agent money went to keep there own players. First of all that doesn’t even seem correct (although it could be) but what they spent on CC, AJ, and Texiera was a lot, but what stes them apart is they are able to keep all of there guys on top of that. I am not knocking the Yankees because they are just playing by the current set of rules. I think that the rules are what needs to be changed. Congrats to the Yankees.

  10. Faron - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    “For a team to go out and spend what they spent to win the World Series and then actually win it is ridiculous.”
    What’s ridiculous is that the Yankee’s have been buying the best team for the past 9 years and didn’t win the World Series, so the notion that Championships can be purchased is farcical.
    The better team won. QQ in your cheerios, not on the boards.

  11. Mike - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    MLB needs a couple franchises like Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Oakland to go belly up and finally realize what every other sport has, you need to minimum and maximum cap limits to make the sport more competitive. Why buy a season ticket to a team you know will be out of it by 4th of July. Maybe the Yanks fans should revisit those dark days when CBS owned the franchise in the 1960s and early 70s. Not much fun, was it? Horace Clark anyone? It’s easy to be a genius GM when you have an unlimited checkbook. Not quite so easy, when you have to live with your high-priced mistakes and not be able to replace them with another monied player. The NHL came to that realization and teams like the Rangers and Flyers couldn’t outspend their mistakes any more, but had to manage a budget. MLB should do the same, despite the outcries from major market teams like NY, Boston, LA, and yes, Philly.

  12. Ben - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    As a Phillie fan, I congratulate the Yankees. They were the better TEAM this time. Pitching is the name of the game; and they had it.
    I detest those idiots who have to use 4 letter words on an open post. In my humble opinion, they belong in a sewer; the language and the posters.

  13. Southpaw - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    The Yankees executed… uh… yeah, that is why there are 7 games… they executed more times than the Phillies. How does that make the Phils a better team?
    What a STUPID thing to say… flat out stupid really…

  14. Michael Capone - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    I don’t understand something. Why do people get upset that the Yankees spend money on their club? I mean, the team makes money and then they put that money back in to the club to build a better team and make more profits. Why do people get upset at the Yankees when every team has this right? Is it the Yankees fault most Owners would rather stuff their pockets with the money they generate, and the money the Yankees share with them, then to put that money back in to their own team to build a better ball club?
    Are you guys mad at the Yankees, or mad at your owners of you teams for not spending the money you the fans and the Yankees organization put in to their pockets? It seems that most owners are just greedy and care more about their own bottom line then the actual game of baseball or its fans. This is why the Steinbrenners are the greatest owners in baseball.

  15. NYfan - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Talk about classless. What does football have to do with the world series? Typical Philly fan who could not resist taking pot shots when cornered. You do know your football team lost to the Raiders? I would not be buying tickets to the show yet, genius.

  16. Mike - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Do you really believe that markets like Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Oakland can generate the revenue the Yanks are able to through their TV/radio contracts and marketing revenue? Maybe baseball should mimic the English soccer leagues and have two tiers of competition – major market and small market – each competiting for their own World Series title.

  17. NYguy - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    I am sure Rollins has already made the prediction for next year. He said they will win it in two games. I am sure he has DNA from Mr. Nostradamus himself. What a classless baby.

  18. dave - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    The fact that the Yankees play in one of the biggest media markets in the world and have revenues to prove it are the reason for the large payroll. If you were negotiating a contract with the Yankees, wouldnt you want a commensurate share of that revenue? Baseball acknowledges the market disparity by taxing excessive payrolls and distributing that income to other teams.
    C’mon, get a reality check and acknowledge the Yankees are the best teamn in baseball this year. As for next year, I’ll wait and see who wins the Series.
    My hat is tipped to the Phillies, they are a great ballclub and had a fantastic year.

  19. Xsquizit - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Bought or not look at the numbers. Big Tex, Cano, Swisher and even to an extent, A-Rod did not deliver in this World Series consistently. The one thing they did do is hit when they needed to. If the Phillies would have done that, then maybe the series goes to game 7. And lastly come on, Pedro Martinez in a must win! Count the dollars or not; you still have to deliver under the lights and the Yankees, the better team did just that!

  20. AYankee - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    It was amazing to repeatedly hear Phillies players speak of how the Yankees were a “good team”. What does that make the Phillies, a “bad team”? Must be, after all, the Yankees won twice as many games as they did in the Series, and before we hear the lament of “all the money the Yankees spent”, that person should remember it`s how you execute that wins games, regardless of the money you make. Maybe the Phillies need to generate more money for the better players as opposed to relegating those who whup their butts to the status of only being “good”, or in Rollins deluded case, seeing themselves as “the better team”?

  21. antiochcat - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    DUDE! YOU FUCKING LOST!!! How many hits did YOU have? Oh yeah, ONE! YOU FUCKING LOST! SHUT THE FUCK UP! Why are you messing up what should be a noble loss? You guys played well, you just got beat by a better team. No shame there. And no disrespect intended, but YOU FUCKING LOST!!! SO SHUT THE FUCK UP!!! You want to wipe the slate, come back next year and do what you need to do to win it all. Until then, SHUT THE FUCK UP AND SHOW A LITTLE CLASS.

  22. Melody - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    I could not agree with you more!

  23. Ed - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    The smugness of most Yankee fans makes me want to throw up, but Jimmy Rollins is a jerk and should learn to keep his opinions to himself. How did he ever win the MVP? And a Rhodes scholar he is not. In no uncertain terms the Yankees were the best team in baseball this season. I don’t think there can be any question about that. When do pitchers and catchers report in February? :-)

  24. Michael Capone - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Great point. But are you saying the Yankees are the Yankees simply because they play in New York? If that is true, why can’t other teams in N.Y., L.A., Chicago, Boston, and Texas keep pace? Every team starts the same. The Yankees are the yankees because of what they built for themselves and what they put in to their own team. Every team has the same chance from Day 1 to build the best sports franchise in American Sports. The Yankees are just a superior organization that has been been run the right way for a century now. Do not lessen what the Yankees built for themselves by blaming it on geography. Every team can spend money. They choose not do.

  25. Yanksdan - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Rollins’ comment here is about as substantiated as his “Phillies in 6” comment. He can’t be a gracious “loser”, so he has to spew crap. Have a great off season Jimmy, you’ll have lots of time to reflect on what should have happened, starting with your own play during the series. Great job, puppethead!

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