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Jimmy Rollins is not disappointed by the Phillies’ disappointing road trip. So what?

Jul 1, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

Jimmy Rollins gave this quote to Jim Saisbury of and the Phillies press corps after yesterday’s loss to the Dodgers:

Manuel was disappointed by his team’s showing in the series.

Jimmy Rollins was not.

“No,” he said. “I’m not disappointed at all. This series could have been 3-1 in either direction or 2-2. They played a little better. They got the job done and that’s all that matters … It’s a journey,” he said. “You jump on that plane and enjoy the ride. As long as that plane is in the air, you have a chance to do something. Last I checked, we haven’t made it to the All-Star break. We’ve been in tougher positions with much less time.”

And they have, at least narrowly speaking. I mean, the outlook for Philly looks dire because of where they are age/health/talent-wise, but Rollins is correct to note that the team has, during his many years in Philly, played poorly only to bounce back. And he’s also right that it’s a journey and the season is long. Nevertheless that hasn’t stopped some from jumping on Rollins for this bit of perspective:

This is insanity, of course. What would you have Rollins say?  Even if an analyst can see that this Phillies team isn’t likely to turn into the ’08 version of the team again, it’s crazy to expect a player on that team to not believe it’s possible and, thus, have a bit of hope even when things look dire. If he said “yeah, you’re right, we’re toast” he’d get roasted from the other direction.

If a player says something crazy stupid, sure, I get it, it’s news. But when we’re sitting and parsing one version of a cliche because it wasn’t like the other cliches we tend to hear, we’re in loopy land.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I respect that Rollins defends his team to the point of stupidity. That said, here, he just looks like an imbecile. The way the Phillies are playing they all should be disappointed in themselves. This team has been terrible and Rollins has been no exception. The Braves are a better team, the Nats are bound to improve, the question is can the Phillies bounce back? I say yes but not into the playoffs. They were lucky to finish at .500 last year and they’ll be lucky to finish there again unless they start playing better.

    • paperlions - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Here, he looks like a guy that understands that 162 >>>>>> 4, and that in baseball, anything can happen over a few games.

      • flamethrower101 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Fair, but it’s July and the trading deadline is literally a month away. This team needs to get it together because the more time passes, the harder it’ll become to pass over your competition to get to the top.

      • paperlions - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Yes, but the question doesn’t appear to have been about the season, but about the series.

        I realize that many think teams can just suddenly turn things around with or without changes to the roster, but the facts remain that the Phillies roster doesn’t have the necessary talent to reach the playoffs, and there isn’t anything particularly close or useful in the minors that could be of immediate help (though some lower-level guys are looking quite promising as is some of the pitching). The Phillies will be much better off punting on this season and starting to rebuild than to trade off more of their farm system in hopes of salvaging this season.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        Yes, 162 is much greater than 4, but these four games were not an aberration. They lost this series in a terrible fashion.

        Sadly, this transition is beginning about 18 months too late. Rollins contract and 10-5 rights mean he is here as long as he wants to be, regardless. Howard’s contract, and recent play, make him untradeable (Amaro might have to empty the farm and pay the remaining money to coerce someone to take him.)

        Looking at the organization in aggregate, I think the situation is bleak, as decisions that were made over the past 18 months will truly negatively impact the options going forward.

    • baseballer28 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      I watched most of this series and the phil got hosed in every game by the home plate ump…Lee got it worst, not getting the outside corner all night and then getting called out on the same pitch in the 7th himself. Ryu got anything he wanted just about, while the 11 year vet was pinched all night by CB Buckner. Not to mention the two horrible calls at second yesterday that both turned into runs-its alot easier to come back from 3 or even 4 then 6, simple math-which I think everybody can agree were absolutely horrendous. And I don’t really understand Ben Revere being brought back to second when Puig dropped-kick his hit into the stands. How is that any different from a SS throwing it into the 1st row? That ball wasn’t goingover that wall until he kicked it. Revere had a stand up triple and who knows, he may have made an ill advised throw which may have let Revere score. They lost by one run. Im not saying the umps cost them the game, im just saying that its easier to win when your arm’s not tied behind your back. It’s easier to pay attention to the hitter when there’s not someone on second and your pissed. This team has gotten hosed all year by the boys in blue. I was at that Brewer game where Segura got Klye at 2nd-it wasn’t even close and I could see the ball the whole time rolling on the ground. Add that with Chooch and Utley missing time, not to mention Doc. This team is right on the door, they just have to open it and go through it. That’s what I think he’s trying to say.

  2. stex52 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Fans seem to forget that players have a different perspective. You have a bad day at work; you try to fix it tomorrow. They can’t afford to be live-or-die with every game. The best teams around are going to lose nearly 40% of their games. You’ll die of stress if every bad week end wrecks your emotions.

    Rollins makes a lot of sense.

    • chew1985 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Jimmy clears a quarter of a million on his paycheck every two weeks. He’s not worried about much of anything kids…and he’s been playing that way since 2009. A couple of his teammates have also.

      So much for the WFC Window. At least us Keystone Staters have the Buccos to entertain us now.

      • mazblast - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:53 AM

        Sure, as if any Pittsburgh fan (in baseball, football, or hockey) is going to believe a Philadelphia fan is really happy when the Pittsburgh team does well, or vice versa. That’s like believing that Bay area fans will root for LA teams (or vice versa) just because they’re in the same state.

  3. gdobs227 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Philly fans are PO’d? I always though they were a forgiving bunch. Live and learn.

    • scotttheskeptic - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      I am forgiving when I see a team that plays sound, entertaining baseball. This is not that bunch.

    • renbergh - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      39 – 44 is acceptable to you? Your comment was senseless.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        Where did I state that this team, and its results, are acceptable?

    • bleedgreen - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      We’re forgiving if they’re just not that good, but are out there working hard. Jimmy has been in the fans crosshairs for a long time now, and saying stuff like this isn’t going to help. He got his money and now he doesn’t care. Thats the message, intentional or not. Someone like Chase Utley, who scored from 2nd on a booted ball by the 2nd baseman to win the game last week on the other hand, seems to try to play his best baseball no matter what the score of the game is.

  4. historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Man, female Phans with felines are fierce. Also, are Phans required to own cats? Is it cuz they’re phinicky?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Good morning, thumb troll. Did you finally join us? Well, you know where to stick it.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        And, thanks for the tushie kisses. xo

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        Cats not required. Not even in the cradle.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        Finally! Where have you been? You left me hanging with my trolling. Bad blue. Bad. 😦

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        Twas under the knife this morning, I get to be a lazy dirty stoned hippy for the next two days, legally too!

        Nice work trolling the twats. :-)

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        Nothing bad, I hope. I will expect very interesting (and copious amounts of) posts from you now.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        Nothing too bad, not as painful as th Cluster Headaches, I should be mobile by next week. Umbilical hernia above the belly button, you’d be surprised how often you use those muscles.

        Lol, any time you move.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:38 PM


        I watched a couple innings of your game yesterday, btb. Delmon Young was fabulous.

  5. specialkindofstupid - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    If he said “yeah, you’re right, we’re toast” he’d get roasted from the other direction.

    True, but that’s not the only alternative he could have said. Rollins could have something like: “You bet your buttocks I’m disappointed. We all should be. We could have won this series. But you better believe we’re going to bounce back. We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again.”

    No one would have jumped on him if he had said that. They only would have made fun of his use of the word “buttocks” because, seriously, who says that?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Great post Stupid. You bet your ass it was. Or buttocks…or hiney (although hiney sounds kind of gay when a guy says it). I would go with buttocks over hiney 8 days a week.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Ouch. Tough crowd today. Fortunately work has kept me busy today.

  6. Joe - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    What Rollins probably meant was that the series wasn’t a disappointment because they outscored the Dodgers 24-17 over the four games, so their Pythagorean record in the series was 3-1. They lost the series due to bad luck, not bad play.

    “Plus-7 run differential?” I bet he was thinking. “Hell, no, I’m not disappointed with that!”

    • flamethrower101 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      If that’s what he meant then that statement is also flawed, seeing as 16 of those runs came in one game, a game – may I add – in which Skip Schumaker – a utility player – kept them off the scoreboard.

  7. mazblast - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Rollins has been playing “I don’t give a hoot” ball for a few years now.

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