With all the talk about possibly bringing back two phormer phan phavorites, Scott Rolen and Curt Schilling, I thought I would reminisce today on some of the highlights of each player's time in Philadelphia.
Rolen was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1997, and averaged 26 homers and 95 RBI in his first five full seasons. And then...
Rolen considered signing a long-term contract with the Phillies before the 2001 season. But tired of losing, he wanted the team to make a commitment to winning. Rolen figured a higher payroll would be a step in that direction, and wanted a clause in his contract that guaranteed Philadelphia would be among the top teams in that department. The Phillies rightfully refused. Rolen then rejected a 10-year contract extension that could've been worth up to $140 million, or a 7 year deal worth 90 million, depending on which report you believe.
He feuded with manager Larry Bowa and became a main target for criticism by fans. Rolen heard boos increasingly as his average dipped. After hitting his second homer of the game in an 8-4 win over Montreal on June 1, Rolen wouldn't come out of the dugout to acknowledge a curtain call. "Maybe we're even,'' he said.
An anonymous teammate allegedly called Rolen a clubhouse "cancer.''
With his departure all but assured at the end of the season, Rolen was traded to St. Louis for Placido Polanco, Bud Smith and Mike Timlin.
How did Rolen feel after hearing the news of being traded to St. Louis? "I felt as if I'd died and gone to heaven. I'm so excited that I can't wait to get on the plane (Tuesday morning) and get to Florida to join the Cardinals."
Schill was not the most popular of players when he was in the City of Love. But like with many other things, Mitch Williams can sum it all up in a few sentences.