"I would have played the whole game," Rollins said. "I'm like, 'Hey, I fought this hard to be in this position and I'm going to see it through to the end.' My personality, I'm going to ride it out. I worked this hard to be this good and put up these numbers, I would like to see it all the way to the end.
"I don't think it's lack of confidence with Jose Reyes, but that is the way he wanted to do it. For what reason, I don't know. It could have been outside influences. His agent may have told him, 'If you get up there, if you get a hit your first AB, you come out.' "
Before I react to this, allow me to state that Jimmy Rollins is my most hated player in all of baseball, with the exception of Roger Clemens. It irks me to no end that Rollins, who hasn't sniffed a .300 batting average since 2007 thinks he has any idea how he might handle the situation. Jimmy Rollins wouldn't have half the career he's had, had he not been playing the the band box that is Citizens Bank Ball Park.
Rollins goes on to talk about intangibles and comparing Reyes to others in free agency when he said:
"It makes for great comparisons," Rollins said. "[Reyes] had a great year, but with free agency you take a year and a career all into consideration. Then on top of that you take the things you don't see on the field -- the intangibles in the clubhouse, leading the team. Is this guy a winning player? How does he impact the team by himself when he's in the lineup and out of the lineup? They are all great things to compare.
"Baseball is not only about numbers. You get paid a lot with numbers, but you get people to fall in love with you and want you around and give you a little bit more money when you can do all the other things along with putting up good numbers."
Does Jimmy Rollins realize that NO ONE outside of Phillies Nations likes him? Intangibles...apparently Rollins thinks he's ESPN talking about Derek Jeter now! Do us all a favor Jimmy, concern yourself with the Cardinals and let the Mets and their fans enjoy their own controversial little moment without the input of someone we not only don't like, but don't even respect!
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