A few interesting things happened today. First let’s focus on the positive. Todd Zolecki named Jimmy Rollins his “Player of the Decade” today, and deservedly so. Of the logical choices, he was the only player to play for the Phillies all 10 years (was a rookie in 2000) and was one of two to win a NL MVP (2007). He led the organization in games (1,406), at-bats (5,941), runs (945), hits (1,629), doubles (350), triples (95) and stolen bases (326). He ranked fourth in RBIs (621), behind Pat Burrell (827), Bobby Abreu (647) and Ryan Howard (640). He ranked fifth in home runs, behind Burrell (251), Howard (222), Chase Utley (161) and Abreu (158). Ading to his World Series ring and NL MVP are his three Gold Glove Awards and one Silver Slugger Award. He also played in three All-Star Games.
Not to rain on the parade but we have a new Billy Wagner to look forward to and this time it comes in the form of Brett Myers. The former Phillie and current headcase said that he wants to “stick it” to the Phillies when he returns this year.
From the AP:
“I wanted to go back to Philadelphia, but they didn’t show an interest, they had other obligations, which is fine with me,” Myers said. He then promised to “stick it” to the Phillies every time he faces them.
Brett, you proved you were a good pitcher here and the fans and organization were thankful for it. The reason you didn’t come back was YOUR fault. You had the injury problems. You got into a fight at a bar or fell out of your truck or got hit by a baseball by your kid or whatever excuse you flew with. You cried about being left off the post season roster and then did nothing when you were on. All of that was just this past season! How about I bring up when you dragged your wife through the streets of Boston or that you were so bad as a starter you were a closer for one year.
I’ll be classier than you and wish you the best of luck in the “Land of Misfit Phils,” but the only “sticking to” that’s going to be done when you come back home is when Ryan Howard sticks your low-90’s fastball into the third deck in right field.