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Misunderstood: Scott Rolen Left a Lasting Impression On Philadelphia

Scott Rolen in his days with the Phillies. (AP Photo)

Perhaps it was the clashing of personalities with manager Larry Bowa. Or maybe it was the comment made by front office member Dallas Green. Or maybe it was the desire to win that ended it all in Philadelphia.

Whatever the reason was, Scott Rolen wanted out in 2002.

For the next decade, Philadelphia fans would boo their once-lauded All-Star, Gold-Glove third baseman, yell obscenities at him and watch him go on to hav a successful career without Philadelphia. Why? Because they were hurt.

But maybe the fans were booing the wrong guy.

Rolen turned down a massive contract extension during the 2002 season, saying that it wasn’t money but the Phillies front office didn’t have an aggressive approach to building a winning team.

Fans got scared that the best position player in their team history since Mike Schmidt, another third baseman, was about to jump ship for greener pastures.

And it happened.

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Westboro Baptist to picket Greene’s granddaughter’s funeral

This is just an absolutely disgusting act. For those who don’t know who these clowns are, the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas protest the funerals of soldiers, saying God purposely had the killed.

They are protesting the funeral of Christina Greene, the nine-year-old granddaughter of former World Series manager for the Phillies, Dallas Greene.

Here is the statement from their site. It’s disturbing to read:


The 9-year-old girl was born 9/11/01! “Hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it,” Mic. 6:9. God mercifully gave this nation a fair warning on 9/11 – but you despise His mercies, so you get no more mercy – man, woman or child. That’s how God the Avenger rolls!

That child was not innocent. This is a nation of depraved perverts who pass their children through the fire of their rage against God & all-consuming lust. From the womb, she was taught to hate God & mock His servants. That child is better off dead, so the cup of her iniquity will not overflow! Rep. Giffords passed laws trying to keep WBC watchers off the street corners. In repayment, God sent the shooter when she took to a street corner! The blood of the 9-year-old is on Rep. Giffords’ hands! This nation rejoiced & your officials were ho-hum when a violent veteran stalked 5 WBC picketers with 90 rounds of ammunition. In repayment, God sent the shooter with 90 rounds of ammunition & killed your federal judge, your child, & others. Now let’s see if you’re so ho-hum in the face of God’s wrath! The blood of these six dead is on your hands rebellious doomed-america! God’s judgments are so righteous & marvelous in our sight!


This truly made me sick.

I hope there is a legislature or public official willing to sacrifice themselves and violate the First Amendment to prevent these sick people from picketing her funeral. Either that or I hope her father breaks one of their jaws.

Phormer Phils: Scott Rolen

By John Russo

Since we completely forgot all about this segment, we though it would be nice to continue it with the Phillies playing Cincinnati and another notable Phormer Phillie.

Scott Rolen will forever be remembered as the player ahead of his time, the guy who potentially could have been greater than Mike Schmidt but saw his career shortened to injuries. Rolen had it all when he busted onto the scene in Philadelphia in 1996. He was a Gold Glover, a Silver Slugger, and was the best player the Phillies had from 1997-2002.

In 1997, Rolen won the NL Rookie of the Year award while hitting .283 with 21 homers and 92 RBIs. 1998 was the best season he ever had as a Phillies, batting .290 with 31 homers and 110 RBIs.

After four more years of being the lone crown jewel on the Phillies with Bobby Abreu, Rolen got tired of the losing and the disrespect from the front office, mainly Dallas Green. Rolen refused to sign in his final year and demanded a trade. He was traded to the Cardinals along with Doug Nickel (who?) for Placido Polanco, Mike Timlin, and Bud Smith. He would then go on to play in the All-Star game four more times with St. Louis, win three more Gold Gloves, win a World Series in 2006 over Detroit.

2006 wound up being his last healthy season until this year. From 2007-2009, the bad shoulder and lower back problems Rolen developed with his aggressive defensive playing style on the stiff turf of Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia would prevent him from playing anything close to a full season.

In 2008, the Cards sent Rolen to Toronto for Troy Glaus in a trade of beaten-up third basemen. He would then be traded to the Reds mid-way through the 2009 season where he had a resurgence this season. He’s one of the reasons the Reds are in first place with his .292 average, 17 homers, and 57 RBIs. His slugging percentage (.552) is .052 points higher than his career average and his the highest it’s been since his career year in 2004. His OPS (.911) is also .041 points higher and the best since ’04. He was selected to his sixth All-Star game as well.

Rolen would go on to win four Gold Gloves and an All-Star trip with the Phillies. He batted .282 with 150 HR and 559 RBIs with his first club. The 35-year old just recently hit his career 300th home run with the Reds. If it weren’t for the injuries, 500 could have been a possibility.

Rolen’s resurgence this year has been a blessing to him and a treat to many of the fans in Philadelphia who still love and miss Rolen.

The Return of Rolen

I am very excited for this three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. For the sixth time, I will get to see my favorite Phillie return home to with stand the boos and idiots who didn’t appreciate what he brought to this franchise. Scott Rolen is still a true Phillie in my book.

Rolen had a remarkable career in Philaldelphia, batting a career .281, 150 homers, and 559 RBI’s in seven seasons. He won the rookie of the year in 1997 and tallied four of his seven Gold Gloves while here. He was also an all star in his final year in Philly and added four more in St. Louis.

After his feud with the Phillies front office, mainly Dallas Green who said he was trying to be better than he really was, and was upset at the Phillies lack of urgency to win, Rolen refused to sign a contract extension in his final year. He wasn’t being greedy and he wasn’t sticking it to the city he loved to play for, he just hated his boss and the situation he was in. Rolen was traded to the Cardinals along with a prospect for Placido Polanco, Bud Smith, and Mike Timlin.

Rolen went to St. Louis from 2002 until 2007 and won a World Series there in 2006. Along with Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds, he helped form a dangerous 3-4-5 spot in the lineup. He was then traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Troy Glaus.

Rolen has had to battle injuries he sustained while playing in Veterans Stadium for most of his career. His aggressive play, tenacity in the field, and amazing skill with the glove at third base wore him down as he would dive along the rock-hard surface in the Vet. He would continue to struggle with injuries after leaving Philly with the torn shoulder labrum he sustained in Philly along with his constant sore lower back.

Rolen has played some great baseball this year for Toronto, hitting .320 in 54 games. His power numbers have dropped as he has only three homers and 18 doubles with 19 RBI’s.
I’ll be at Wednesday’s game wearing my Rolen #17 Phillies jersey and cheering hard for him in full force.

FIM #8: The Worst Trade In the History of the Phillies

The Red Sox may have their Babe Ruth, who was traded to the dreaded New York Yankees for cash in the worst trade ever in baseball. But the Phillies will always remember what happened in 1982 as the worst trade in their history.

I found this article in the Baltimore Sun archives as reference and I was crying while reading this the entire time. What jumped out at me? Dallas Green, the manager of their 1980 championship team, was the new general manager of the Cubs. He robbed his former team blind.

A quote from Green in the article: “I know some people have criticized us because we’ve made so many deals with the Phillies. They’ve called us the Phillies West. That doesn’t bother me. It so happens I know the Phillies’ organization best. And I’ll tell you this, the players that we’ve got all have good heart and they’ll be bringing that to Chicago.”

The Phillies had their eyes set on a young short stop from the Chicago Cubs, Ivan DeJesus. The Phillies wanted to offer Larry Bowa up but the Cubs would not budge unless the Phillies added a prospect they coveted, Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg was a 22 year old untested middle infielder.

It was your typical deal of two bottom teams trying to rebuild. The Cubs wanted to give up a proven starter for two players. In order for the deal to have panned out, Sandberg needed to win a starting spot by next season.

Here is a look at what DeJesus and Sandberg did after the trade:
DeJesus: Lasted 3 years with the Phillies. He batted .228 for the Phillies, totaling 7 homers and 134 RBI’s. He then played 4 more seasons with 4 different teams, playing a total of 80 games.

Sandberg: He played the rest of his career in Chicago, 16 total seasons. He had a career batting average of .285 with 282 homers, 2386 hits, 1318 runs scored, and 1061 RBI’s. He led the league in runs scored 3 times, and in triples and home runs 1 time. He was a 10 time all star, 9 time gold glover, 7 time silver slugger, 1984 NL MVP and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

I don’t need to say any more after what I typed about Sandberg. He was the real deal and DeJesus was one of the biggest jokes in Phillies history. Congrats Phillies. You got hustled.