Jimmy Rollins gave this quote to Jim Saisbury of CSNPhilly.com and the Phillies press corps after yesterday’s loss to the Dodgers:
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 … 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.”
And they have, at least narrowly speaking. I mean, the outlook for Philly looks dire because of where they are age/health/talent-wise, but Rollins is correct to note that the team has, during his many years in Philly, played poorly only to bounce back. And he’s also right that it’s a journey and the season is long. Nevertheless that hasn’t stopped some from jumping on Rollins for this bit of perspective:
— Nancy (@NCatwoman0) July 1, 2013
Awful “@ToddZolecki: Rollins: “Disappointed? No, I’m not disappointed at all. This series could have been 3-1 in either direction or 2-2.””
— Mike Bennett (@mikeb927) July 1, 2013
Best news today is there is no #Phillies game for Rollins to be “not disappointed” about. Yeah, Jimmy, that’s one hell of a rallying cry.
— Adrian Hickman (@adimike55) July 1, 2013
I’m not saying it’s right, but when people question Jimmy Rollins effort and/or attitude, that’s the kind of stuff they’re talking about.
— John Stolnis (@FelskeFiles) July 1, 2013
This is insanity, of course. What would you have Rollins say? Even if an analyst can see that this Phillies team isn’t likely to turn into the ’08 version of the team again, it’s crazy to expect a player on that team to not believe it’s possible and, thus, have a bit of hope even when things look dire. If he said “yeah, you’re right, we’re toast” he’d get roasted from the other direction.
If a player says something crazy stupid, sure, I get it, it’s news. But when we’re sitting and parsing one version of a cliche because it wasn’t like the other cliches we tend to hear, we’re in loopy land.