Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Clubhouse Banter

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.

~Carson

23 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I posted this over on BeerLeaguer and thought it was worth posting here too- "I love that Jimmy Rollins came out and said "the Phillies are the team to beat in the NL East in 2007". No more "we'll be competitive" or "I think we have a chance"...that's all lame and showing of no confidence. Rollins laid it out on the table as to what he expects from the team this season, and it's a postseason appearance. With a nucleus of Utley, Howard, and J-Roll the Phils have a great group of clubhouse leaders that say and do the right things on and off the field. I for one am embracing this era of Phillies baseball because it's heading in a positive direction away from the days of Rolen, Schilling, and others publicly criticizing or having a hissy-fit...Go Phils!"

furiousBall said...

I like J-Roll a lot too. He's a fine hitter, excellent fielder, but...not a lead-off man. He's ideal at the 6 spot IMHO. He doesn't walk enough or see enough pitches to be a 1-2 guy.

GM-Carson said...

I agree that J-Roll doesn't walk enough or take enough pitches to be a prototypical leadoff hitter, but on the Phils he's by far our best option when it comes to overall package. People have suggested Victorino for leadoff, but he's even more a free swinger than Rollins.

chuckm said...

At this point J-Roll is like the Phillies OG and must be tired of "just
missed the playoffs". I like hearing this kind of swagger and challenge to his teammates. Personally, I dont give a flying about the Philly "scrappy overachiever" "Rocky" ethos and I want a team that KICKS ASS.

goDuke said...

I'd love to see the Phils rough everyone up for a change. They need to start fast, stay hot and whoop some ass this season. The confidence we're finally seeing out of the players is a good thing, it shows that a lot of the laid back atmosphere is gone from that clubhouse and has been replaced with some fire. These guys want to win and they aren't going to just settle for being pretty good. Thats the feeling I get, of course what the hell do I know? I think Burrell just might silence Los this season... but we won't know that until mid-May early June (You know if our favorite playa can manage to keep his mind on the field and outta the stands when the girls start wearing less). Go Phils!!!

chuckm said...

goduke- True. The Phillies have to jump out of the starting gate for a change and not have the bats wait until May to wake up. Look how similar the pattern was during the last 2 seasons: A slow torpor ridden start, the late spring hot-streak followed up with a tanking that lasts until the break, scrapping after the break to get back into the race by September, season-long difficulties with a mediocre/crap divisional team (Mets in 2005, Nats in 2006), blowing a crucial final week series against said crap teams and pulling up short. This season the Phils have the rotation and no excuses.

GM-Carson said...

Let's cut Burrell some slack when it comes to gazing lustfully at the ladies. The girls are the one's showing skin and holding signs with his name on it and cheering extra hard for him...of course he'd be a bit distracted.

Ok, joking aside. This team is going to be good, and it's nice to hear them talking the talk. For lack of better phrases, hopefully "they walk the walk" too. Having a swagger is a good thing, especially when you back it up on the field. April is crucial this season...as always.

goDuke said...

I only mention the Burrell-girl stuff, because he sent an usher up to get my buddies fiance's phone number one time, during the game. Can't beat that.

GM-Carson said...

You all know, I'm not big on projections, but RotoAuthority just projected the Phils 2007 starting rotation to have a collective 4.07 ERA...hello playoffs!

GM-Carson said...

That was a classy move by Burrell, that's why he's one of WSBGM's favorties...personality baby!

Skeeter said...

Rollins is more badass than Samuel L Jackson and Burrell nails more than Ron Jeremy. How can anyone not fall in love with this team?

Next month all the baseball prediction magazines come out. I always pick them all up. Every year their predictions practically are what happened the previous season. I wonder if the analysts will smarten up and pick our boys in red instead of the shitheads upstate.

GM-Carson said...

All these magazines giving their professional/insider predictions crack me up. I can basically predict the same stuff, and sometimes more accurately. I'm not trying to say that makes me special, I'm saying that it makes the others regular. It's not an exact science or brain surgery for crying out loud.

goDuke said...

The fact that you can predict the same stuff may or may not make you special. What it does do is prove that you, in fact, should be GM's.

GM-Carson said...

I don't take myself too seriously. I do believe I am intelligent in terms of baseball, have a good sense of humor, and do a good job of blending the two. I do this site for fun, not to bore people. I do my research, I read ESPN, FoxSports, Baseball-Reference, Baseball-Almanac, Phillies.com, other blogs, etc. I could just regurgitate that info everyday here on my blog and bore the shit outta you, but I like to put my own twist on it. I'm sure some people think I'm an immature know-nothing dumbass that just pops off at the mouth. Let them think what they will and go on with their life being all uppity, while I sit back and relax and share my ideas with the world (or whoever cares to read them).

Do I think I can be a real GM? No, I don't know how to run a business, be a kiss-ass, negotiate contracts, and all that other stuff that goes along with the position. But I do have a helluva lot of fun pretending I should be one.

Ok, I'm done with all that. I have just been recently irked by some of the "professional" journalists and their views of the blogsphere, and even more irked at some of the bloggers who think they're above others because they use big words and look down on people who do anything but present the facts, aka stats. Heaven forbid anyone have an opinion!

BENTZ said...

Not baseball, but one year Sports Illustrated made their picks for the NCAA tournament (as they usually do) round by round. Out of the Sweet 16 teams, they got 3 right. 3!!! Even getting half is tough, but less than 25%???

GM-Carson said...

I just want to say I truly appreciate all the come and read this site regularly, especially those of you that leave you little tid-bits behind (comments).

Skeeter said...

PREACH!!!

love it and i agree. I, you, we all could own conlin and crew.

Does someone smell a royal rumble?

GM-Carson said...

It's not that I don't like looking at projections, and reading the newspaper and professional websites where people get paid to talk about the Phillies, it just annoys the hell out of me when they act like others don't matter and that they're so much better and more knowledgeable than the common folk, aka us fans.

BloodStripes said...

Good to see Rollins talking it up and firing the Phils up for a good season. Its a good team with a big chance to take the division. They just gotta believe.

das411 said...

Anyone think J-Roll could make a run at 30-30 this year? He, Utley and Howard are gonna be some serious thunder at the top of the lineup, and with a decent season from Burrell we could go all Yankees-esque and conceiveably have 4 potential MVP candidates in this lineup...oh ya, and how does an all-red All Star infield strike ya?

Now all we need is for Rolen and LaRussa to get into another bitchy pissing contest with each other...hmm...

and Carson, keep up the fine work dude!

GM-Carson said...

As fine of player Scott Rolen is, I just don't think he could be a successful return to Philly. He burned his bridges as he left in the eyes of many, including myself.

Now that the Phils are "stuck" with Burrell for the upcoming season, Gillick and company are trying to give him some good pub. I've read that they're expecting a bounce back season for the simple fact that his foot will be feeling better...we can only hope.

GM-Carson said...

I really do have a good feeling about this team in '07. And I'm not the type of Phillies fan that says that every season.

BloodStripes said...

Good to see a hardcore nutcase Phillies phan like yourself is confident Carson. Things must be looking good.