After his grand slam in Monday’s thrilling 14-10 Opening Day win for the Phillies, Jimmy Rollins had some thoughts on the city and the team. I’m going to embed a tweet so it’s in a giant font right here.
J-Roll: "You have to have that mentality in (Philly). If you’re soft, they’ll wring you out. My momma didn’t raise me to be no soft dude.”
— Dennis Deitch (@DennisDeitch) March 31, 2014
In today’s Daily News, David Murphy takes that quote and runs with it, writing Rollins doesn’t let the fans influence how he plays. “When you start factoring those perceptions into the way you walk and talk and play your game,” Murphy writes, “you stop being the athlete who got himself to the point where people care about how he walks and talks and plays his game.”
Indeed! Rollins seems to get it. But quotes like the above — portraying Philly fans as tough-but-loving sticklers who will only accept tough players — are exactly the type of things you’d say if you wanted to appeal to Philadelphia fans. By not caring, he’s saying things to make people like him more.
Jimmy Rollins, man. He’s too smart for us.