Jimmy Rollins gave some pretty stupid quotes earlier today. Rollins essentially said that the only reason he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause was because he wanted to stick around to break some team records. Many may argue that selfish mentality is how the Phillies have hit “rock bottom”, as Rollins put it. Still, Rollins will avoid getting killed by the Philadelphia media, because of the comments that his teammate Jonathan Papelbon had after the Phillies 12-4 loss.
“I definitely didn’t come here for this,” he said.
Fair enough, but Papelbon isn’t improving anything by making those comments. And that was just the beginning. Jonathan Papelbon was also asked about where the Phillies as a team are headed, and he didn’t exactly give a professional response.
“Oh, man,” he said. “We could be here all day.”
I think a majority of Philadelphia would agree to this. You are in the minority at this point if you like the job that Ruben Amaro has done as the Phillies General Manager. Still, Papelbon making these statements to the press only worsens team morale.
With the general idea being the Papelbon is like most Phillies fans and believes that any small chance the Phillies had to make the playoffs is over, Paps was asked if he even believes the Phillies could become a playoff contender next year, assuming a similar roster is brought back.
“It’s going to take, in my opinion, a lot,” he said. “And in my opinion, I think it’s going to have to be something very similar to what the Red Sox went through a couple years ago. From top to bottom.”
That’s a nice way of saying no. And I think we all pretty much agree with Papelbon, but making these statements in-season isn’t something that helps the team at all.
I have been on the record as saying recently with the perceived lack of interest in Papelbon, that maybe it doesn’t make sense to just give him away for the sake of trading someone. Still, the Phillies should listen to offers. After today’s comments Papelbon answered whether he would prefer to be traded, rather than sticking things out in Philadelphia.
”No, I would like to stay here. But if I’m going to have to put up with this year after year, then no, I don’t want to be here. Why would you? Why would anybody?”
He speaks his mind, which is a blessing and a curse. Right now, it is a curse because the Phillies aren’t playing well and Papelbon is becoming a distraction. As I said above, I don’t want to just give Papelbon away. But if he continues to be a distraction, maybe that would be the best course of action. Addition by subtraction of sorts.