Jimmy Rollins Believes in Phillies Because of Thing that Happened in Other Sport


Jimmy Rollins has a knack for saying the right thing at the right time or the questionable time.

While 20 games into the season is a far better time to excite the fan base than September, Jimmy’s attempt to light a firecracker under his team oddly brings another team into it.

Apr 15, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) stands in the on deck circle during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

In a way, there’s really no discernible difference between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Antonio Spurs.  Sometimes I show up at Spurs games, decked out in my Phillies gear, and nobody even notices.  They both play sports professionally, they’ve both been good recently, and they’re both getting old.

If that’s enough to convince you that their fates are intrinsically linked, then you need to do more drugs.

Here, let’s just let Jimmy explain.

"“Despite their age, all the Spurs do is win.  They’re definitely an old team by NBA standards, because it’s a league of all 19-year-olds.  They’ve learned how to adjust. They’re not going to try to outrun you. They’re going to play half-court offense. Tough D. They’re going to make you take tough shots…  I’d love to be like San Antonio.”—Jimmy Rollins, via Terence Moore"

All the Phillies need is some half court defense and this season will work itself out.

It’s because teams like the Spurs have achieved success despite their age that we wake up in the morning and think the Phillies could win 3/4 against the Pirates.  Other teams – other Phillies teams – have come before us and made it seem like if they could do it, so could we.

**clutches black and white photo of 1983 Phillies team picture that sits on mantel in substitution for loving family**


Have the Spurs even been good recently?  I don’t follow basketball.