Jimmy Rollins No Care

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The Phillies are 2-9-2 and hitting .194 this spring. Cause for panic? No. But not exactly a good sign when the team is already struggling to hit after two years of, well, struggling to hit.

A pattern has emerged over that time and really since the summer of 2010, when the Phillies dug themselves a hole from which they impressively climbed out. All along, no one worried. Jimmy, Chase, Ryan and Cole didn’t worry. Mostly Jimmy. He never worries about anything. We’ll bounce back. We’ll be fine. They were fine in 2010 and 2011 (more than fine, actually), but they weren’t so fine in 2012 and 2013. Jimmy didn’t worry those years, either.

Jimmy Rollins, July, 2013:

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.”

Rollins said he has faith.

Some might call it delusion.

“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.”

You know how that worked out. And it shouldn’t really come as a surprise when, yesterday, Rollins, speaking exclusively to the Daily News, said we shouldn’t be worried:

It is only March 10, but . . .

“There is no ‘but,’ ” Rollins said. “Who cares?”

“[People] are going to think and feel and say what they want regardless,” Rollins said. “We’re not here to change opinions. We’re here to put wins in the left column. We’re going to lose some, too, but we’re not here to lose. We’re here to put wins up.”

And if the offense comes around and the wins pile up in April, no one will care about March, right?

“As long as those wins are coming in October,” Rollins said.

I almost spit out my coffee at that last line.

I appreciate Jimmy’s optimism, and I kind of hate myself for even writing about spring training struggles. But there is a pattern here. The Phillies no longer get the benefit of the doubt. If they are in first place in June, will people still be talking about the spring? No, of course not. But that’s unlikely. We’ve seen literally no evidence that it’s even a possibility. The problem is that for a few years now the Phillies have been too cocky for their own good. You can get away with that attitude when your core players are all in their primes and the team is in the midst of five-straight division titles. You can’t get away with that attitude after two miserable, injury-plagued seasons and a spring, in which skepticism was already high, where you come out of the gate about as terribly as one could imagine. This perverse delusional that everything is gonna be alright, Shawn Mullins, is getting old.

There are two ways to look at things: 1) legitimate trouble (a team is 10 games out with two months to play) or 2) signs that trouble looms (a team expected to be horrendous starts off the spring horrendously). The Phillies are in the second camp right now. Rollins needs to understand that. This isn’t 2009.

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14 Comments

  • Jeff March 11, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I get being pissed and pointing out patterns…But what the hell do you want the guy to say? That they suck and for fans not to waste their time? Hes saying things no differently than virtually any other player on any team ever. If he said what were all thinking about the team youd be ripping him a new asshole. I dont really get the point of this post…

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  • Kyle Scott March 11, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Dom Brown in that same article:

    No team in baseball has scored fewer runs per game this spring. Three weeks away from Opening Day, the Phillies are having trouble scoring runs.

    “Damn right we are,” Brown said.

    Brown went 0-for-3 with a strikeout yesterday. He is a week removed from his last hit.

    “It’s frustrating,” Brown said. “I hate striking out. It’s crazy. I feel great. Everything looks good. It’s just not here right now.”

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  • Mellonhead March 11, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Laziest player in MLB

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    • Whis Creeler March 11, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Anybody else notice that there’s a drawing of a dog on the wall directly behind J-Roll? Irony?

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  • Jeff March 11, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Ok…and thats supposed to prove what? Jimmy being optimistic, or at least trying to save face for the team, doesnt mean hes unrealistic, nor does it mean he never speaks in the manner that Dom Brown did in that quote. Its March. You think hes stupid enough not to see the writing on the wall? Its just the way he deals with the media, and its the same approach many athletes take.

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    • Jeff March 11, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Also, what would be the difference if he said the same thing but lead off with, “Well itll be a tough climb bc were struggling now and I need to do better, but I think well put up the wins bla bla…”?

      Would that have honestly swayed your opinion one way or another? I get that the team is going to blow, but if were going to dissect every quote like this then this season is going to be twice as excruciating.

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  • Capt. Obvious March 11, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Who cares? Seats will be empty by April and in a few more years we’ll be getting free tickets with hot-dogs again.

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  • Chip 'N' Dip March 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Exactly. You can’t really blame Jimmy, but the problem is that he never acknowledges that they have problems, or that he has something to fix or change….he wants to bat leadoff, but has never except for two seasons in his career been effective in the leadoff spot. They let perfect pitches go by thinking they are being patient then they look foolish on breaking stuff out of the zone….they have an unbreakable pattern, and people like Mike Miss give them the out – they are players who got to where they are by playing a certain way, and they can’t change now, they have to play the way that got them there. I’m sorry, but players have to progress or change to compensate for declines in speed or power or age or bat speed, the best examples are Cal Ripken Jr, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor or Derek Jeter….

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  • Whis Creeler March 11, 2014 at 10:05 am

    This might be the first team in MLB history to quit on its coach before Spring Training was half-over. They never have baserunners (because on-base percentage is not important to the GM), and the “young arms” (DeFratus, Horst, Rosenberg, Aumont, etc.) might have collectively gotten even shittier, if possible.

    Once we lost me and Sarge, the writing was on the wall.

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  • Phil From Mt Airy March 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Leave him slone,that’s just Jimmy being Jimmy.

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  • Drew S March 11, 2014 at 11:06 am

    To quote Jimmy, “And I don’t care, I love it.”

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  • Senior Citizens Bank Park March 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I dont care what people say. if its a Phillies Game 7 of the Series, I would want the 1976 or 77 Bowa at short. Made the greatest play I ever saw off of George Foster of the Reds.

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  • Eric March 11, 2014 at 11:27 am

    By now, it’s not cheerleader-esque coming from Jimmy. It’s delusion. Sorry Mr. Rollins, I don’t like that flavor of Kool Aid.
    The only difference between him using the Spring Training excuse to regular season will be the date. I feel we’ll hear the same song & dance verbatim in the media for the next 4 months, until trade talks ramp back up.
    If at the very least he would acknowledge ‘we’ve got some work to do’ it would make it much more tolerable.
    And since Jimmy is the unofficial team spokesman to the press, this is what us fans have to go off of.
    I can abide supporting & caring about a team that isn’t always in the lead, but not one that outside of closed doors is sounding absolutely batshit delusional.
    Stop blowing off the present to constantly talk about the maybes & what ifs of the future.
    Very well written Kyle. Agreed.
    Can we get a pool going to see how long before Papelbon starts frothing at the mouth and pissing & moaning like a grumpy old man on a porch?

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  • J-Strollolol March 11, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I guess it’s easy to be a happy nihilist when you’re already guaranteed $11,000,000 this season. Problem is, this attitude is being projected in March by a guy who’s been benched in August for quitting in the middle of games.

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