August 14, 2008

Jimmy Rollins vs. The Fans

After being bashed by the Philadelphia fans for most of this year, Jimmy Rollins bashed back, last night on the I-can't-believe-it's-still-on-the-air "Best Damn Sports Show Period":

Taped in Los Angeles, Rollins was asked if Philadelphia warrants its reputation as a tough sports town.

"It can be, yeah," Rollins said. "There are times, like, it's one of those cities ... I might catch some flack for saying this, but, you know, they're front-runners. When you're doing good, they're on your side. When you're doing bad, they're completely against you."

Rollins has violated the long-term bargain among Philadelphia athletes that they have to ignore the vicious negativity and rampant pessimism among the fan base and pretend that it's all about the fans being "passionate." True, Rollins' timing isn't so great, considering he's having his worst season. But... no one who's honest could possibly deny that he's right.

UPDATE: Rich Hofmann agrees with me.

Posted by Stephen Silver at August 14, 2008 03:19 PM

lol - NEWS FLASH: Phillies have made the playoffs twice in the last 25 years. TWICE IN 25 YEARS! ...and got swept in 4 games last year. Yet, the phillies games sell out every game, every year. Yeah, we're front runners. We should all be Yankees fans.

Posted by: Joe G at August 15, 2008 01:38 PM
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