Jimmy Rollins has a dynamite personality. ESPN always chooses to mic him up for their nationally televised games, he's always flashing a smile, and he's ready to say and do the right things on and off the field. He's not a prototypical leadoff hitter, but he is a damn fine shortstop at the plate and on the field. I'm not going to get into a debate whether J-Roll should be batting leadoff, 3rd, or behind Howard, because frankly I'm just glad to have him in the lineup. I'm also happy to have him in the clubhouse, as he's stoking the team's fire right now by pumping up their confidence with the statement, "We're the team to beat in the NL East in 2007." Preach on brotha, preach on!
In seasons past, it's always been the "we'll be competitive" or "I think we have a good shot". Rollins just threw that garbage to the curb and laid out exactly what he expects from the team, which is a postseason appearance this year. This is the type of thing team leaders do. Utley and Howard have stepped up and become more vocal and Jimmy is doing his share too. He backs up his mouth with production as well, because although he may not be a .400 on base guy, he scores plenty of runs and has a nice combo of speed and pop. In the interview, he also went on to say that the Phils infield with the addition of Helms is now the best in the league...no argument here. As I have said in the past, "Rollins may pop-up more than a teenager's woody during a wet dream", but he is exactly what the Phillies need to win.