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Jimmy Rollins: the Phillies are still the better team

Nov 5, 2009, 9:55 AM EST

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. kevin - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    In response to dcfan – who must be really upset because the Nationals are horrible – this year is a statistical anamoly. Look at the Yankee payroll between their last win and now, and the winners of the World Series. The Yankees surely outspent nearly all the winners. Last year’s Yankee payroll was higher than this year’s, and they didn’t even make the playoffs.
    Take that, hater.

  2. jgyru88 - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    dcfan, so you are blaming the Yankees for operating within the system that Major League Baseball has established? If you’re so concerned with what the Yankees spend, then perhaps you should whine to the commissioner and the players union about a salary cap or perhaps better reveneue sharing. Sure the Yankees spend, but they also MAKE money by spending and providing the fans (in the largest market in the US) a winner. The Yankees will MAKE around 400-500M this year when you add up revenue from their TV network, ticket sales and merchandising among other things. So they invest 200M on players to ensure they put a good product on the field. It’s a BUSINESS and they are damn good at running it. So don’t blame the Yankess, if you were half a businessman, you’d do the SAME thing. Blame Major League Baseball, not the YANKEES!!!

  3. comeonman - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    I hope Philly didn’t SCRATCH the WORLD SERIES TROPHY, THEY ARE
    SO INEXPERIECED WITH HANDLING IT, WE HAD IT 26 PREVIOUS TIMES,
    SO WE HANDLE IT WITH CARE.

  4. Sean - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    to mick-7-1961,
    6 games does not qualify as getting “spanked”. a four game sweep is a spank. 6 games in a 7 game series is a good series. be humble in your victory.

  5. GIMMEABREAK - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Sounds like sour grapes from philly players and phans and yeah sure rollins whatever, your the better team as you board the loser bus back to philly. PHUCK OPHPH PHILLY. YOU SUCK AND WHO IS YOUR DADDY!

  6. GIMMEABREAK - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Sounds like sour grapes from philly players and phans and yeah sure rollins whatever, your the better team as you board the loser bus back to philly. PHUCK OPHPH PHILLY. YOU SUCK AND WHO IS YOUR DADDY?

  7. AYankee - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    HEH!!!

  8. Roger Amodio Jr. - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Um Let me be clear. There is no bigger turnoff than a sore loser. Your team underachieved and you batted like crap. End of story.

  9. AYankee - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    We are fans of the greatest sports franchise in the US. Let the lessers in baseball be “humbled” to play the Yankees, why else does attendance in the parks they play at increase when they play there? It`s because baseball fans want to see a legend! Be “humble”, not on your life! Im sure Rollins would turn down a chance to play with the Yankees…NOT! Enough said?

  10. Roger Amodio Jr. - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Um Let me be clear. There is no bigger turnoff than a sore loser. Your team underachieved and you batted like crap. End of story.

  11. NYguy - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Yes, mick should be as humble as Mr. Rollins. We know what a class act he has proven to be. There is nothing you crybaby Phils fans can say today that has any credibility. Your team lost and that makes all your whinings lame. The Yankees are world champions. Do you really think you can ruin that for the fans? I know you are in shock to discover the world does not revolve around you. It is a glorious day and your crying just makes it sweeter. Get over yourselves.

  12. Jeff - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    The bigger cities, the ones that attract the most people, the cities that don’t sleep – those are the ones where giants want to come play and be the best. It makes for better baseball when two giants compete or a David take down a Goliath, smarter teams have shown its possible.
    The owners of ‘small market’ teams make money hand over fist and are content with their returns, and even get hand-outs from the more successful teams that have truely invested with greater risk. That’s not a bad gig for them, especially when their own fans will cry about the big bad other teams who ‘can spend’ while they reap all the benefits. “Even playing field” – get yourself to Cuba or something will ya? – Oh wait – even they have elite teams.
    My favorite sign last night was a huge one hanging outside the Stadium in Da Bronx that read:
    IN DA BRONX
    [pic of blunt here]
    WE SMOKE PHILLIES

  13. Jeff P, - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Yeah yeah the Yanks spent a lot of money bla bla bla. They’ve done this plenty of times before, though, and not gone all the way. Determination, execution and the fates decided this one, and I saw this coming back on Friday, June 12th when the Mets’ Castillo dropped that easy A-Rod popup with two outs and the winning Yankee runs scored.
    It was written.

  14. tejano2k - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Your mommy is coming into your room. Time to get off the PC, little man. Tha-aaaa-aaaa YANKEEES WON!

  15. Andy - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    here’s a question for you haters: what is stopping you from spending what the yankees spent?
    It’s a simple question. Because, the way I see it, you could. If you spent the money on your teams, maybe you’d draw 4 million fans to your park. Maybe your local TV ratings, brand value and merchandise sales would jump so high that you could start your own network, like the Yankees have. Maybe you could win. If you spent the money, maybe you’d make the money.
    Basball is quintessential America. And in America, we reward those people who invest in their dreams. The Yankees are not the Yankees because of what they buy, the Yankees are the Yankees because of what they bring in. But all you haters are suddenly communists when it comes to baseball. You want a city of 8 million rabid baseball fans to operate on the same level as small cities with owners who don’t give a crap about their teams.
    Well, suck it up. You’re not New York. In some ways, that’s good for you–you don’t have to pay New York prices. But you also have to live with losing…

  16. ArptOpns - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Bla bla bla. I am tired of people always saying the Yankees bought this or that. I am glad George believes in his team to put so much money back into his Company (Team). The Yankees used to have the best Farm System in the majors (30’s – 60’s). Then basball changed. The Mick got a salary increase to 100,000 dollars for a year. I beleive that was in 1966. The first player to earn a 6 digit salary. After that, salaries started to shoot to the moon. That is baseball today. How so much has changed. I would love to play a game and earn 100,000 dollars a year. Any way, no one bought anything. They still had to play 162 games, plus the post season games to EARN what they got. A Championship!. Hal needs to keep what he has, which is chemistry. It is what has been missing on the field the last 9 years. Good chemistry means everything in baseball. When it is fun to play teams usually win because they are loose and they are having fun. The Yankees had fun this year. I saw it on their faces. In 2005, 06, 07 they were just going through the paces. They looked like Robots then. Now they are playing a game again and having fun again. Great Going Guys.
    Hal, please keep the team you built. No changes. Keep Matsui too. He has been a great DH this year. Yankee fan since I was 6 (1960).

  17. Will - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    The Phillies are not the better team – the Yankees are. If it were a one game series, then he may have a point. At the end of the day, They Yankees beat them in the Bronx and in Philly.
    If I were on the Phillies, I would be happy with a great season and not make comments like this because it was proven differently. I am sure Philly will be a contender next year, win the series and then talk about a better team until then, let it go – its the past!
    Will (Not a Yankee fan)

  18. Will - Nov 5, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    The Phillies are not the better team – the Yankees are. If it were a one game series, then he may have a point. At the end of the day, They Yankees beat them in the Bronx and in Philly.
    If I were on the Phillies, I would be happy with a great season and not make comments like this because it was proven differently. I am sure Philly will be a contender next year, win the series and then talk about a better team until then, let it go – its the past!
    Will (Not a Yankee fan)

  19. tejano2k - Nov 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    dcfan…Have u forgotten the 2003 Series? Florida’s $54 million payroll vs NY Yankees’ $164 million payroll. Marlins won in 6. Just goes to show that money doesn’t necessarily buy championships. Money can’t buy heart, desire, commitment or “team”. If that was true then the Yankees would probably be unbeatable every game, every year, every World Series. Come to think of it… that wouldn’t be so bad. GO YANKEES! Special “THANKS” goes to The Boss for his unlimited love for the team, the city and the game!!!!

  20. Nyguy - Nov 5, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    You said, “The smugness of most Yankee fans makes me want to throw up.”
    I hope you know Yankee fans are never intimidated by the likes of you to lose their cookies. If you do, that is your problem and not ours. Twenty-seven world titles does allow us to feel confident about the success. If you see that as smug, then it is your insecurity showing. How easily you forget the braggadocio and hubris Phils fans exhibited one year ago. Have you looked in a mirror lately?

  21. LOlatbaseball - Nov 5, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Funny. They had the biggest payroll the past what, 7 years…how many championships did they win from 2002 to 2008?
    Yeah. They spent all that money and won NOTHING. So obviously it’s not the ability to buy a world series.

  22. Yankee fan - Nov 5, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    If baseball championship can be brouth. How come the Yankees does not won every year when they have the higher Payroll? Do the math please.

  23. chmrhp - Nov 5, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    When does spring training start?

  24. Yankee fan - Nov 5, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    To save himself. I guess he is hiding in the closet now.

  25. Travis - Nov 5, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Mike, get off it. Philly has the 7th highest payroll in baseball, they’re not some small market team. Aside from that, money doesn’t mean a thing, just look at the Mets or the Cubs or the Tigers. The Twins spend the least amount of money in their division, yes including the Royals, and they still win the division nearly every year. MLB doesn’t need to realize anything. In the past 9 years there have been 8 different champions and in that time 2/3 of the teams in the league have made the playoffs, which only include 8 out of 30 teams each year unlike the other major sports: NFL – 12 out of 32, NBA – 16 out of 30, NHL – 16 out of 30. MLB doesn’t need to realize anything other than that bottom 1/3 of teams that are content to put a lousy product on the field and pocket their luxury tax money should be ashamed of themselves. By every measure of parity, MLB is set up better than any other major sports league to allow any team, no matter how terrible one year to completely turn it around the following year, case in point is the Tampa Bay Rays. Just because the bottom feeders don’t try doesn’t mean there’s a problem at the top!

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