Does any team in baseball portray confidence outwardly more than these Phillies? I don’t know. What I do know is they held court this afternoon in the Great Hall and appeared unintimidated. Jimmy Rollins stood behind the prediction he made on Jay Leno last night that Philadelphia would win the series in five. Why? “Our team,” Rollins said, as if to ask, “Why else?”
Here is Rollins, the captain of swagger himself, talking about the series, his confidence, fellow NoCal native CC Sabathia and Shane Victorino in a skirt:
The Phillies are known for yapping, but their big man talks with his bat. Ryan Howard is one of only four players in baseball history with four straight seasons of 40 homers and 130 RBI. The others you’ve heard of: Ruth, Griffey Jr. and Sosa.
Howard talked about the challenge presented by CC Sabathia, the predictions of Rollins and how impressed he’s been with Alex Rodriguez this October:
Like warm weather, sunshine, hot dogs and beer, games are always a little more fun when Pedro Martinez is involved. Love him or hate him, Pedro on the mound at Yankee Stadium in Game 2 will engender emotion more than perhaps any moment in the new park to that point.
Pedro had us all smiling with his unique answers this afternoon. However, he talked mostly serious talk, refusing mostly, as Chad said earlier, to address the Yankees.
Pedro talked about the vulgarity thrown his way over the years and how this World Series will be nothing; what it means to pitch in the World Series after vowing a return to his dying father; and how this club compares to the 2004 Red Sox.
A couple other quick notes on the Phillies:
• Brett Myers will replace former Yankee Miguel Cairo on the roster.
• Brad Lidge said over the last month a healthier knee finally allowed him to push off the rubber. He credited it for his turnaround.
• Many Phillies wondered aloud why the New York Post chose Victorino to don the skirt. “It’s fun. I think it’s just a little weird that I became the villain, I guess, to be made a mockery of, but hey it’s about going out there and playing the game ultimately,” Victorino said. Someone told him they’d have picked a different skirt. “Different legs, too,” he said.
• With the Super Bowl-style media day, this World Series already has a bigger feel than last year in Tampa/St. Pete. “This is the stage,” Lidge said. “It doesn’t get any bigger than this.” Rollins later called Philadelphia “the little red-headed brother” of New York. Fan those flames, Jimmy.