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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. Chuck DC - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Newsflash – you lost and are not the better team. Denial Land is a tough place to live….

  2. NICK C - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Money does NOT buy championships. Look at all the money the late Gene Autry spent on the Angels. Look at what the Mets spend. Look at what Peter Angelos (foolishly) spent. The difference is the Yankee owners are dedicated to one thing and one thing only–winning a world championship. They put lot of money back into the product and it shows. Still, it guarantees nothing, because games have to be played.

  3. phl13 - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Say wwhat you want about jimmy. He should have given the yankees more respect. But one year wonders? Are you serious? they went and won 2 games in the world series the following yearand there’s no reasonable explanation as to why they won’t be back next year. you talk about showing some class…….show respect when respect is due. act like you’ve been there before….maybe 26 times before?

  4. Yankthis - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Yankers are AL team – inferior league with DH who wouldn’t even have played if NL had home field in game 6. No way Yankers pitchers get 6 RBIs in the game. Yankers are truly lucky, cheating (steroids) mercenaries, who wouldn’t even win the National League East (because they’d be without the DH). The champions, yes. The better team, no way.

  5. Z-man - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Real classy.Just like someone from filthadelphia!

  6. SteveYankeeFan II - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    The Phills have deveopled a better minor division then the Yanks, but the minor division is were the Yanks get the players that they trade to other teams to get the players that you all hate, because they have a Yankee uniform on now. If the Yankees are build a future team though their minor division then all other teams should do the same. The Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants, Phillis, Mets, Cardinal,Angels, and 4 or 5 other teams that I can’t think of right now.

  7. YankeeFn1 - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Apparently, Jimmy Rollins was dropped on his head as a child. No person can continue to make deluded comments like this without some sort of brain trauma. I’m also just plain TIRED of the incesant WHINING over the Yankees buying championships. The Phillies Won the World Series in 2008–should we go over their payroll with a fine tooth comb? The Yankee organization is top-notch and demands excellence from everyone involved in it. The Yankees train to perfom to a higher standard and conduct themselves with class, focus, and humility. Their legacy speaks for itself. Rollins wouldn’t even be on their radar. He couldn’t command a $80 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL from Yankee Management if his life depended on it because he’s simply an underachiever. Now please take those stupid spirit towels and wipe your tears with them.

  8. J-dub - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    F-you esl4891 27 time champions ass

  9. JIMMY ROLLINS DADDY - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Sorry ass coon- No class and a thug like all blacks are, !!! Go to Hell Jimmy, ya little thug. YOU HAD YOUR ASSES HANDED TO YOU ! OVERRATED !!

  10. Yankees15 - Nov 5, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Didn’t the Phillies go out and “buy” two pitchers in September to make the playoff run and didn’t those two pitchers start games in the World Series? It’s not the Yankees fault that the Phillies didn’t get their monies worth.

  11. Jimmy Rollins Daddy - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    jimmy rollins didnt hit for shit as the other coons, Howard? Fat joke ! quit your whining, shut the fuk up and go jack your self !!

  12. steshap - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Yes Yanks spend Money and why do we defend it
    b/c MOST fans who do complain about the YANKS SPENDING MONEY ARE HYPROCRITES
    WHEN THEIR TEAM DOES IT IT IS OK
    EVEN PLAYERS DO BUT WHEN THEY ARE FREE AGENTS WHO DO THEY HOPE COMES CALLING
    LET FACE IT AS MUCH AS I HATE IT IT IS ALL BUSINESS
    SO ACCEPT IT AND JUST ENJOY THE ENTERTAINMENT

  13. forloveofthegame - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    I was a yankees fan for many of the 90’s wins and I love many of the players still today on the yankee’s team of old, rivera, jeter, pettite. I really only hoped to see them lose because of a-roid. I don’t believe he has played the game someone should and is a known cheater who hopefully won’t ever see the hall (at least not without some asterisk). That said, and since to be fair we could probably argue both sides of that debate, I believe most are correct here. In the end, the Yankees have been and are the best team this year. Whether they bought the championship is also up for debate seeing as they squandered a lot of years to finally get it right (pitching wins championships), not muscle. This year they finally had the pitching to complement the lineup. Rollins may be right, the phillies had there chances. What will be interesting is the debate on replay. I have no idea how anyone can argue against replay of some sort after all those horribly blown calls. Yes they happen, but I don’t recall seeing this many in the playoffs.

  14. JMK1512 - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    While Rollins comments are to be taken in context — just “Jimmy being Jimmy”…and it’s not like the Yankees have never had cocky players: Reggie, anyone? — the most ridiculous statement I think I have ever read is this: “The Yankees have the ability to attract talent because of their storied history, level of success and culture of professionalism.” As a Phillies fan, I will admit that the Yankees are the better team this year, they proved it. And I don’t even blame the Yankees for buying the best players they can get. But any Yankee fan who can’t see how the economics of baseball are ruining the sport, and will ultimately make their accomplishments less worthy in the eyes of history, is delusional. Young people and minorities are fleeing the game in droves. Ratings for early regular season NFL games — which has revenue sharing and salary control — repeatedly supercede the ratings for post-season baseball telecasts. The fact is that they players, as they should and always will, go where the money is. And the Yankees have more of it to spend than anyone else. Think of it this way, were baseball run more like the NFL, Johan Santana and Torii Hunter would still play for the Twins and the Yankees might not have even made the Series.

  15. Joe - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    I would lke to just take a moment and congratulate all red sox fans on the great year their team had up in beantown. Um, ok half a moment. Give the other half of that moment to Rollins who will probably demand it to tell everyone that it wasn’t his fault his team lost. As for those Red Sox fans who all year spewed their arrogance, it’s nice to see you all quiet now and resorting to the ole phrase that made red sox fans famous all over the world for almost 100 years. Wait till next year! Congrats to the Yanks, they won it with class, hard work and desire. No one can take that from them. For those people that will always claim the yanks bought the series and that their free agents are just greedy for money and don’t have any devotion to their previous teams or hometowns, you know as well as I do, that I’d do it, you’d do it and 95% of the players on your team would do it if the yankees came calling and offered you a chance to play for them for alot of money. You want to compete for free agents, tell your owners to get their hands out of their pockets and spend the money for the fans. You can say whatever you want about the Boss but you can never say he didnt think about the fans. I’m glad they did this for him and all yankee fans around the world. Congrats to them!

  16. giniajim - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    The Yankees spent about the same amount of money, if not more, in the years 2001-2008 and did *not* win. It’s not all about the money.

  17. Moron - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    THE PHILLIES IN 7. MARK MY WORDS!!!!

  18. YankeeFan1 - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Nice racist comments JRD! What rock did you crawl out from under to be here and how long have you been impotent? Congratulations-you just made Jimmy Rollins look like a brain surgeon. At least HE didn’t make me physically sick with what he said. Scary.

  19. BIG DADDY - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    This is Karma for the scumbag Philly fans booing Derek Jeter EVERY TIME he came up to bat. Karma for the *Yankees Suck* cheer the nasty PIGS in Philly were chanting.
    The PIGS in Philly are too busy throwing negative energy against the opponent than throwing positive energy towards their team. NOW WHO SUCKS YOU NASTY PHILTY PHANS???

  20. Talex - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    This World Series had some of the best players of their era featured in it on both sides and it was a pleasure to watch Chase Utley and Cliff Lee and Jason Worth and Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, and CC Sabiathia, but Jimmy Rollins is one of the last players anyone cared about in this World Series.
    Congrats to the Yankees and the Phillies for one of the better World Series, full of drama, story lines, and great performances. We can only hope every World Series is as lively going forward!

  21. No longer the World f'n champs - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    My hats off to the Yankees, it was a close series that was won and lost by the managers. There are some players on the Yankees that I am happy for like Texiera and Matsui who deserved to win a championship so let’s give them thier just due. I wish the arrogant fans would stop being so aloof and loud mouthed cause your an embarrassment. CONGRATS to the Yankees and thier down to earth fans, to hell with the arrogant ones.

  22. phled - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    J-Roll puts himself out there again, & Philly fans wince, BUT… sometimes he delivers big time, and what’s more, sometimes it helps his team deliver too.
    The Yankees delivered this year in the WS & the Phillies didn’t- but Rollins is already thinking about next year, and so is Charlie Manuel and the rest of the team.
    The Yankees, if you look at their spending, don’t finish champions as often as they probably ought to- but that’s a comment on how much luck, determination & skill go into making a championship year.
    The fact NY won shows they were the better team when it counts; their clutch hits, tough pitching, fewer errors and overall grit are why they’re now World Champions.
    The Phillies lost Moyer- which is one reason for the late season big spend- and they had few more hurdles to clear than they did last year. But no excuses, NYY won against the Phils team, and the way they played the WS they deserved to win.
    But Rollins isn’t a loser (like a lot of big-headed wide receivers with even bigger mouths), he’s a leader, and someone who challenges his squad to do better.
    Hopefully the Phils will be back next year; maybe against the Yanks, or maybe against someone else- who knows?

  23. Michael - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    The better team is ALWAYS the team that won. Period. That’s how it works. It’s ludicrous to claim that the losing team is the better team. The losing team is NEVER the better team. That’s why they lose. And it’s insulting to the BETTER team, the team that won, that there is any question of who is best. That’s why they have the Series. The Yankees earned it. They are, for this Series, THE better team. Period. End of discussion. End of ridiculous statement.

  24. bfd - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    i am a die hard yankee fan and just like everybody else, i am tired of hearing about their payroll. the yankees invest their money back into the organization. thats what they do. when the florida marlins won it in 97, the very next year, the owner sold off all of his players and kept the money. and if i am correct, he is not even the current owner anymore. its just like the housing market, get paid, dump it and go somewhere else!! THE EVIL EMPIRE PREVAILED!!!!!

  25. Claire Schroder Hurley - Nov 5, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Well Jimmy, another stupid remark. Hitting A-Rod 3 times doesn’t come without penalities. You should be the first hitter when the Yankees play the Phillies at the Stadium in June so watch out for the plunk. We owe you!!!

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