Finally, Jimmy Rollins may be starting to understand the Philadelphia fan. We’re not “bandwagon jumpers” as he said on The Best Damn Sports Show Period a few years back.
We simply expect you to hustle on every play like it was your last.
JRoll had this to say about the Phillies fraudulent sellout streak coming to an end on Monday. From an article by Mandy Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call:
Of course, JRoll did recognize that a crowd of 40,000 for a last place team is still pretty good.
“That was pretty bad. This has come a long ways,” Rollins said. “It was a heck of a run. I know I go out every night and the first thing I do is look up and see how many seats are empty at the beginning of the game and by the third inning see how many of those seats are filled. It was something you came to expect, really.”
The seats will still fill up quite nicely. This isn’t a city that needs you to be in first place to sell a ton of tickets. Winning does help. But, the fact that this franchise has shown a commitment to fielding a winning team and spends money to do so goes a long way. This isn’t your Vet Stadium, payroll-cutting Phillies.
“You hoped that one bad season, which we’re having this year, wouldn’t break it up, especially after the five winning seasons that we had and the division championships,” said Jimmy Rollins, the club’s longest-tenured player. “But that’s the way it goes. People aren’t going to spend money and come to the games if they aren’t feeling like they’re getting their money’s worth.”
Yes, JRoll, we simply want our money’s worth. In Philly that means giving it everything you have on each and every play. That means playing smart and not making mental mistakes.