If you happen to be of the opinion the Philadelphia Phillies missed a golden opportunity to bring multiple world championships home to the City of Brotherly Love, you’re not alone. On 94WIP Thursday morning, Jimmy Rollins lamented the fact that the Fightins couldn’t turn five straight NL East titles into more than one lone parade down Broad Street.
“We should have been to the World Series four times and won at least three [of them], in my opinion,” Rollins told Ike Reese and Glen Macnow on 94WIP. “But other than that, yes. Besides not winning more championships, I couldn’t really ask for more over what’s happened thus far.”
It’s not like the Phillies never came close again after winning it all in 2008. The stars just never aligned. They fell to the New York Yankees in six games at the Fall Classic the following year. They were dropped by the eventual-champion San Francisco Giants in the NLCS in ’10. And in ’11, after setting a franchise record with 102 wins in the regular season, the Phils were upended by the St. Louis Cardinals in the opening round.
But as Jimmy concludes, we should probably all just be grateful for what we have. While it’s a shame that run didn’t produce more hardware, and we could probably nitpick the small missteps that contributed to those missed opportunities, but at least they gave us our moment.
Let’s not forget, that win in ’08 ended a 25-year championship drought for Philly’s major professional sports franchises.
During the interview, Rollins also clarified his stance on possibly waiving his no-trade clause. As long as the front office is committed to its (feeble) attempts at putting a winner on the field, it doesn’t sound like the longest tenured Phillie has designs on going anywhere.
“I’m not volunteering to go anywhere. First and foremost, my priority is to win here and if that’s not going to happen and Ruben [Amaro Jr.] says, ‘No we’re going into a complete different direction and we would like to make some moves, etc., etc.,’ then that’s something I would have to think about. I don’t have to do anything which is the great part. But I don’t necessarily want to start from ground zero.”
Rollins also discusses his place in Phillies history and Hall of Fame chances in the interview, which can be heard in its entirety at the link below.