October 19, 2010 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Jimmy Rollins grew up just across the bay, a bridge and a world away from the glitz of San Francisco. That doesn't mean, however, that the Phillies shortstop is coming home for the second act of the National League Championship Series. Rollins may be from here, but he's a Philadelphia guy now. As much as any of our adopted athletic heroes, Rollins belongs to the place where he plays rather than the place where he was born. Thanks to these Phillies, an entire region believes its beloved baseball team can step out on the field and win and win and win. With one championship delivered, one just missed and another in their sights, these Phillies have transformed the way a city thinks of its baseball franchise and just maybe of itself.
March 31, 2003 |
It looks like a good plan. Add David Bell, Jim Thome and Kevin Millwood to Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu and Randy Wolf and you'd think the sum of those parts would be enough to make the Phillies a contender in 2003. What could possibly go wrong for a team that invested so much time and money into getting better during the off-season? Take a look up the middle. That's a vital part of any baseball team's success or failure, and it's possible it could be a strength for the Phillies this season.
May 26, 2006 |
The Phillies' offense had become stale and needed a kick-start. So Charlie Manuel started at the top. He batted Shane Victorino first and Jimmy Rollins sixth yesterday in a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. It marked the first time that Rollins had not hit leadoff since June 3, but the move was expected to be temporary with Aaron Rowand ready to return to the lineup tomorrow. Victorino was 1 for 4; Rollins was 0 for 4. "The order was fine," Rollins said.
August 22, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Once a long Sunday at the ballpark ended, the only item in Jimmy Rollins' locker was a red bag with No. 11 on it. Rollins was long gone, and thus it was difficult to discern how serious a right groin strain he suffered sometime in the first three innings was. Across the room, Placido Polanco dressed with a smile. He was upbeat because he received clearance from the team's doctors and athletic trainers to come off the disabled list for a sports hernia when eligible on Monday.
July 18, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES – If the Phillies are going to make the kind of second-half run they insist is possible, they likely will need to utilize the same formula that Monday night led to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers. That means excellent starting pitching, near-flawless relief, and some timely hitting from their established stars. Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins both hit solo home runs, while Joe Blanton held the Dodgers to two runs over eight innings before turning things over to Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth as the Phillies won for the third time in four games since the All-Star break.
February 21, 2007 |
He said it. He meant it. So Jimmy Rollins repeated his proclamation, saying yesterday that the Phillies - a team that hasn't made the postseason since 1993 - is the team to beat in the National League East. Not the New York Mets. Not the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies. "We're the team to beat. I can't put it any other way," Rollins said at Bright House Networks Field after the team's first full-squad workout. "Look at our team and what we're bringing. Look at the improvements we've made.
May 5, 2006 |
On a night the Phillies finally clawed their way to .500 - and it has taken a five-game winning streak to get there - they still seemed far removed from where they swear they should be as a team. Cory Lidle, one of the Phillies' few starting pitchers who hasn't been half bad, picked up the win with another competent performance as the Phils beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-3, last night to complete a two-game sweep of their longtime National League East nemeses. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard homered to support Lidle at Citizens Bank Park.
May 9, 2001 |
The Phillies spent $3 million on closer Mike Jackson before the 2000 season and received nothing but medical bills in return. It was just another trip on the wheel of misfortune for a team that may well have inspired the cliche about bad luck and no luck at all. This season, however, has been different. This year's closer, Jose Mesa, is healthy and effective, if not always economical. This year's bullpen is efficient. This year's free-agent signings have been fruitful. And, now, even Jackson has helped the first-place Phillies win a game, albeit in the uniform of the opposing team.
June 23, 2001 |
The main plot was the first-place Phillies against the second-place Florida Marlins, a matchup of two surprising teams trying to win the National League East. The subplot was not bad, either. In a battle of little men who have had a big impact on their teams, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo were trying to steal the show. "It's kind of like Sammy and Mark," Rollins said in reference to the 1998 season-long home run contest between the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa and the St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire.
November 23, 2011 |
Baseball announced its new five-year collective bargaining agreement Tuesday, and the ramifications for the Phillies were mostly positive. The new deal includes blood testing for human growth hormone (HGH) that is scheduled to begin in spring training next year. Major League Baseball will become the first North American professional league to test for HGH. Baseball already had testing in place for other performance-enhancing drugs. Testing positive a first time would result in a 50-game suspension, which is the same first-time penalty for other performance-enhancing substances.