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Jimmy Rollins: “I’m not disappointed at all.”

Jul 1, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT


The Phillies celebrated the final day of June by falling a season-worst 9.5 games back of first place in the NL East after dropping a four-game series 3-1 to the equally woeful Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. The trade deadline is now just weeks away, which means the team is almost out of time to convince Ruben Amaro Jr. he shouldn’t start selling off some of their assets.

But hey, no sweat, right? The Phils still got this. The Dodgers had their number, but I’m sure when the Fightins roll into PNC Park for three on Tuesday they’ll handle the Pirates, even if Pittsburgh does have the best record in baseball. (Seriously, it’s true.)

What? Not quite the right tone? Doesn’t quite convey the urgency of the situation?

Oh, I’m sorry. Just taking a cue from Jimmy Rollins, who is trying to stay cool, keep an even keel, spreading the positive vibe. Only there is being upbeat, and then there is plain delusional. Rollins’ confidence in the Phillies wasn’t the least bit shaken by another loss in LA, and as a result, falling further behind in the standings. I mean, we haven’t even made it to the All-Star break!

Enough with the laying it on thick. Here are J-Roll’s remarks before a long plane ride back to the east coast:

“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.”

Long-time readers probably know I’m not the hang-on-every-word type when it comes to athlete comments. Their goal is usually not to say anything interesting, so you kind of expect Jimmy to respond with the typical The locker room still believes stuff. Frankly, they should still believe in themselves.

But when I heard that, for some reason I felt like asking one of the traveling writers to grab Jimmy by the shoulders and give him a good shake. You’re not disappointed AT ALL about losing a series to stay five games below .500 as we head into July?! There’s a huge difference between not panicking and not being realistic.

Whether they realize it or don’t, we can all see the Phillies are in trouble. Their record is 8-14 over the last 22 games, and potentially franchise-altering decisions are on the horizon. We like J-Roll, and realize at the heart of what he’s saying there is wisdom – that until you are mathematically eliminated, you play ‘em out and see what happens.

All the same, a little desperation probably couldn’t hurt, either. Hell, let’s start small. Just be upset when you lose. Everybody else is.

>> Phillies hit new low in loss to Dodgers [CSN]

UPDATE: Now with video:

  1. r0tcod - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

    • Hiccup - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Jimmy cares, he can’t show frustration or disappointment. He just signed a nice contract extension.

  2. BenE. - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Jimmy saying this is one thing. If Ruben Amaro believes this, we’re screwed now and for the next few seasons.

  3. Mike - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Jimmy then clarified, “Just wait until we get swept by Pittsburgh then lose 4 of 6 at home to the Braves and Nats. THEN I will be disappointed.”

    • Nogel - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Pittsburgh has the best record in baseball so getting swept by them is most probable out of any team.

  4. willh888 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    “As long as that plane is in the air, you have a chance to do something.”

    like grab a life vest and pray you don’t skip off a mountain?

  5. Steve - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I can’t stand Rollins, I’ve never cared for him as a player and his current contract is the definition of a legacy/nostalgia signing. Get his sorry ass out of here.

    • Mike - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Really? Never cared for him? I guess you only have been watching for a few years. Because from about 2001-2005, he was one of the few players on the team worth watching.

      And of course, he will always have this.

      • schmenkman - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        We will also always have…
        - one of the best players in Phillies history
        - certainly their best shortstop, and by a wide margin
        - one of the 3-4 best all around shortstops of the last decade
        - arguably better than Jeter in that time

      • schmenkman - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        oh, and one of the 2 or 3 best shortstops in baseball in the first year of his contract (a contract that will almost certainly wind up being a bargain for the Philies, on top of the even bigger bargain that was his previous contract)

  6. JM - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Well…Rollins SHOULD be disappointed. Because his team is terrible!

  7. Kent - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Funny… I interpreted his remarks as cool confidence.
    Now, if he talked frustration, bitterness, or desperation, then the team has hit the panic button.
    But he’s saying we are staying in contention. We’re playing competitive ball.

    • willh888 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      people who are on the road to checking out talk like that. Cool confidence is usually accompanied by some oh-shit. Seriously, if you’re on a team who’s playing below average ball, and you convince the clubhouse to continue doing exactly what you’re doing because things will fall your way since you’re still ‘competitive’, you’re just enabling your team to suck.

  8. Mikeyg2012 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    wouldn’t matter what he said. HE would still be wrong! Did you really think he is going to tell the press “yeah we stink”. Please, either support your PHILS or find another team. Good or bad I am a fan! Do I think they should be doing alot better, absolutely! Do I rip apart everything they say to press, nah, the press only twists it to get a rise out of you which is exactly what they did!

    • BenE. - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      There is a point to be made about that, but Jimmy, as the supposed leader of this team, showing a LITTLE bit of frustration that his team lost 3 of 4 to the equally-lowly Dodgers would be nice. How about “these are game we have to win if we want to stay in the race, no matter how early in the year it is. A win in June is just as important as a win in September.” By saying he is not disappointed because the series could have gone either way is a cop out for a terrible showing and part of the reason we won’t sniff the playoffs. You don’t pick up ground in the standings with good losses.

      You’re right Jimmy, “we haven’t made it to the All-Star break” and your team already out of contention.

    • willh888 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      dude, Mike, I don’t know if you realize but there’s ultimate optimists out there like myself who can disagree with a statement or roll our eyes at their quality of play. There’s a line between a die hard and blind loyalty. I was at a game earlier this season where the Phils were down 4-1. Bases were empty late in the game and Dom Brown swung at a 3-0 pitch and popped out. Just a small snippet of the haha moments this year. Like Delmon Young jogging to a ball hit down the line, refusing to slide or dive, runs right by the ball taking 3.5 minutes to stop. That’s not a guy who wants to win. That’s a guy who wants to return from LA without any boo-boo’s.

  9. mschneidersugar - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    This team is total garbage and Rollins is one of the biggest reasons why…

  10. Jay D - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    utley’s trade value is up again…………………

  11. CJ - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    We knew J Roll was selfish years ago. Its Amaro’s fault for resigning him.

    • schmenkman - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Excuse me, but what in the world are you talking about?

  12. Hiccup - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    J-Roll in his prime was player this team built a franchise around that was good enough to win multiple championships and a ring; sadly those days are legend now. We know it and they team knows it. Jimmy was bestowed a nice thank you contract and he might of showed loyalty (and hope) in signing it to stay in Philadelphia when I’m sure he could be playing on any of a number of contending teams.and he still does make those gold glove plays to go with his pedestrian at-bats.
    I like him and am proud to have him on our home team. I hope he retires a Philly after maybe coaching albiet hitting, or first/ third base then team coach to replace Sanbergs successful World Series run.

  13. schmenkman - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    For a more, umm, considered take on Rollnis’ comments, see here:

    • willh888 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      I did it. I can’t believe I actually clicked it. Telling us fans aren’t like players is like telling a reader HIV isn’t part of the food pyramid. Aside from that gummy-bear puff piece, here’s why fans are naturally irked when an athlete offers generic too cool for school quotes after an awful series. Unprovoked, the guy went on a hack show and criticized fans for some strange reason. Apparently Jimmy appointed himself The Candid Speaker of All Truths and Stuff. After he won a World Series, he playfully jabbed the Mets and their hot shot crew.

      So what makes Jimmy so forthcoming when it comes to everyone else except his own business? You would think the only Phillie in the last few decades to be benched (twice) for not hustling would have a different approach when discussing how poor the team performs anymore. I don’t know. I don’t hate the guy. I appreciate most of the things he did over the years, but if the guy wants to be upfront and honest about fans, he’s going to get the same in return. Or else I could just be vanilla and yippy skippy all about town.

      • schmenkman - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        “Unprovoked, the guy went on a hack show and criticized fans for some strange reason.”

        There’s a lot of pent up emotion there apparently. What is this referring to?

      • willh888 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        How do you not understand what that refers to? Too busy furiously pimpin’ blogs?

      • schmenkman - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        A search of “Jimmy Rollins criticizes fans” didn’t turn up anything but I do vaguely recall something earlier this year, which must be what you mean.

      • willh888 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        Wow, right over your head eh.

        But it all makes sense now. It happened before October 29, 2008. Noooow I get it. Thanks for making sure I get a corner spot in the K lot around 630 this year brua

      • schmenkman - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        Wait. All this is about something that happened over before 10/29/08? Interesting.

        I don’t get the parking reference though.

      • willh888 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        this is like playing Go Fish with Radio

      • schmenkman - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        lol yeah, I feel like the guy in the AT&T commercials. Puppy brothers and spots in the K lot.

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