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Jimmy Rollins answers Jonathan Papelbon, says Phillies lacked “identity” last season

Feb 22, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

Jimmy Rollins AP

As Craig pointed out this morning, Jonathan Papelbon raised some eyebrows when he told the Allentown Morning Call this week that he hasn’t seen any “leadership” since he has been with the Phillies.

It was easy to see Papelbon’s comments as a potential criticism of a veteran like Jimmy Rollins, since he’s the longest-tenured member of the team. However, Rollins told Jim Salisbury of today that he wasn’t offended by Papelbon’s comments and felt the club suffered from a lack of identity last year.

“Identity might be the word,” Rollins said. “We had a lot of moving parts last year. Parts coming in, a lot of new parts coming in. Regulars not being around, not being together, you know that bond that forms from being together.

“The bond was broken. We’re back together now. The glue is back together. You can have a lead singer, but without the man playing the guitar and drums it’s a different band.”

He’s presumably talking about fellow veterans Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, who were out of action for most of the first half last season. Anyway, I’m interested to hear who is the drummer and who is the guitarist in this analogy. This is just begging for a proper Photoshopping.

  1. 3fingerlenny - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Jimmy is so lazy

  2. gallaghedj311 - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    U sound disappointed that Jimmy squashed the potential drama…..

  3. Glenn - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    See what he did there – that sounds like a leader talking.

  4. oldnavyperformancefleece - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    And the leader has responded…..

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Did he just call out Leo Nunez, I mean Juan Carlos Oviedo?

  6. siftin thru nonsense - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    No leader ay Papelbon? Why didnt you step up and lead then? Just close out the games and limit the b.s.

  7. baseballisboring - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    I think the more pressing issue was that they weren’t a very good team.

  8. Cereal - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Dont worry J-Ro,,,Pap comes from toxic Boston, he doesnt know what he’s talking about

  9. macjacmccoy - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    People I hope you realize what this site does. They pick whole sentences out of what a guy says and then delete. They then copy and paste what remains and make it seem like thats what he said in the order that they said it. Its one thing just to copy and print 1 paragraph but picking apart a paragraph and then to put it back together is something totally different. Its extremely fake and dishonest.

    This is what Rollins really said.

    “I agree. I’d say we didn’t have the identity last year we had in previous years. And [identity and leadership] are basically one in the same. It’s nothing to take offense to. He didn’t say anything about this year. He was talking about last year. He didn’t say leadership is. Leadership was. … Me and Pap were actually at the golf course [Thursday] talking about that. He brought up the feel of the team this year compared to last year. The difference and how much better it is this year. It’s nothing to take offense to. The bond was broken. Now we’re back together. The glue is back together. You can have a lead singer, but without a man playing the guitar and drums, it’s a different band.”

    • bronxbomber213 - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      You shouldn’t be surprised they they cut things out to make a certain point or to twist the meaning of a comment…this site is just like the rest of the liberal media and that’s the MO for all of them and this site is no different

    • ctony1216 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Right, here you get a quick overview at what’s happening in baseball, which is good, plus the analytical equivalent of the “mean girls” table at the school cafeteria, which you just ignore.

  10. gloccamorra - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    “Always remember that it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be
    misunderstood: there will always be some who misunderstand you.”
    -Karl Popper

  11. badintent - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    PAP got a pap smear, and he tested postiive, al that fried chicken and beer……………………………

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