"He’ll be here,” Rollins told CSNPhilly.com. “He’s not going anywhere. He was drafted by this organization, raised by this organization and became a superstar in this organization. If you know anything about this organization, that means he’s not going anywhere. “It’s fun to talk about for talk radio and stuff like that. But he’s not going anywhere. That's my opinion.”
If Rollins feels this way, it does lead you to believe he never thought he was leaving Philly last year.
What about the Phillies and their financial situation? They sell out every game, sell tons of merchandise, and yes, the fans travel pretty well too - just ask the four or five Washington National fans.
What does this all mean? Fans want the team to pay Cole Hamels, and Rollins says they have the money to do it.
“Oh, they can [sign Hamels],” Rollins said. “It’s just will they? And they probably will. But it’s definitely not a financial situation. I don’t give a damn about the luxury tax or nothing. It’s not a financial situation. You sell out a hundred something straight games, they have plenty enough money to sign a pitcher like Cole Hamels.
“He’s a very big part of this. There’s no doubt about it.”
Valid points, Jimmy. Valid points.