Boo Him All You Want, Jimmy Rollins Has Heard Worse From His Mother

Boo Him All You Want, Jimmy Rollins Has Heard Worse From His Mother

There's been a barrage of articles written about Jimmy Rollins' production out of the leadoff spot as of late.
So if you've been watching and/or reading, then it should come as no surprise that Jimmy is off to a slow start in his 13th season with the Phils, the first since signing his latest contract with the club this offseason, one that will take him through 2014, if not 2015. The 33-year-old Rollins is batting just .242 with a .292 OBP. Granted, he has the remainder of the season to even out, but those would be the lowest totals of his major league career.
The Phils find themselves in the basement of the NL East, a position they haven't occupied since the much earlier years of Rollins' tenure, and the offense, like everything else, has been a point of concern at various periods. As Rollins has traditionally been the straw that stirs this team's drink, at the pace he was going, the boos were inevitable.
They became quite audible last night at CBP.
The Inqy's Bob Brookover has a piece on Philly.com detailing that slow starts aren't exactly out-of-character for J-Roll and that his second halves have typically been better than his firsts under manager Charlie Manuel.
But the quotes that caught our attention were Rollins' reaction to boos he heard on his way back to the dugout after a one-out pop-up in the third inning with a runner, Freddy Galvis, on second.
Quotes from Rollins on the jeers following the pop-up via Brookover:

"I could really care less, actually," Rollins said after the Phillies' 4-3 loss to the Dodgers pushed the team's record back to .500. "I was two millimeters away from enjoyment. I could really care less what they're doing. It doesn't bother me at all."

"When you come from a family that talks trash . . . you stay to the grind," Rollins said, recalling the days when his mother Gigi taunted him in competition. "I get it from her. It's psychological warfare from the beginning before anything happens.

"Now, she has you thinking. The more you think, the more pressure you're naturally going to put on yourself because you want to prove her wrong. OK, Gigi, do your thing? I used to practice in my room with my brother, so I've mastered psychological warfare."

Rollins also points out how he's faced criticism going all the way back to 2001 in regard to his plate approach and how he's proved doubters wrong in the past:

"I also heard we couldn't win a championship with me batting leadoff, and obviously that wasn't true, so who cares? It comes with the territory."

We should also mention how he smacked a triple in his next AB and, indeed, the couple millimeters difference did bring enjoyment to the crowd.
Heading back to the bit about his mother for a moment, this is the same woman who told her son she wanted him to raise his batting average as a Mother's Day present earlier this season. Of course, Jimmy just hit a home run for her instead.
Typical J-Roll.

Link:>>Inside the Phillies: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins needs his usual second half [INQ]

Best of MLB: Twins pound out 21 hits, storm back to beat Orioles

Best of MLB: Twins pound out 21 hits, storm back to beat Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Max Kepler homered and drove in four runs, Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each had a career-high four hits and the Minnesota Twins roared back to beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 Monday night.

Minnesota trailed 5-0 in the second inning and 6-2 entering the fifth before cranking up the offense against Ubaldo Jimenez and an ineffective Baltimore bullpen.

A two-run double by Kepler helped the Twins knot the score in the fifth, Minnesota sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run sixth and Sano added a two-run homer in the ninth.

Joe Mauer had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice for the Twins, who reached season highs in runs and hits (21).

Adam Jones hit a three-run drive in the second inning off Kyle Gibson (1-4) for Baltimore (see full recap).

Peacock, Astros 1-hit Tigers
HOUSTON -- Brad Peacock and three relievers combined for a one-hitter and Jose Altuve provided the offense with an RBI double to lead the Houston Astros to 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Peacock was solid moving out of the bullpen to make a spot start for injured ace Dallas Keuchel. In his first start since September, Peacock allowed the lone hit and struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings. He was lifted after walking Tyler Collins with one out in the fifth inning.

Chris Devenski (3-2) took over and pitched 2 2/3 innings for the win before Will Harris pitched a scoreless eighth. Ken Giles struck out two in the ninth for his 12th save to allow the Astros to bounce back after being swept by the Indians over the weekend.

Detroit's only hit was a single by Mikie Mahtook with one out in the third on a night the Tigers tied a season high by striking out 14 times. The team's only baserunner after Collins was Victor Martinez, who was plunked with one out in the seventh. But Houston still faced the minimum in that inning when J.D. Martinez grounded into a double play to end the seventh.

The Astros struck early against Michael Fulmer (5-2) when George Springer drew a leadoff walk before scoring on the double by Altuve to make it 1-0 with one out in the first (see full recap).

Homers help Yankees top Royals
NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter homered, and the New York Yankees once again downed Jason Vargas by beating the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Monday night.

A reversed umpire's call in the seventh inning kept the Yankees ahead and enabled Michael Pineda (5-2) to top Vargas for the second time in a week. The Royals, with the worst record in the AL, have lost five of seven.

Vargas (5-3) began the day with a 2.03 ERA, tied for second-best in the majors. But the lefty fell to 0-7 lifetime against the Yankees when he was tagged by Gardner and Gregorius, the only left-handed hitters in the New York lineup (see full recap).

West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

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West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

West Chester University baseball is moving on to the 2017 NCAA National Championships.

The Golden Rams won the Division II Atlantic Regional Final on Monday with a 12-7 decision over Winston-Salem State at Russell Diethrick Park.

Sophomore first baseman Jared Melone reached base six times, going 5 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs, while shortstop Nick Ward scored four runs and collected three hits to help West Chester capture its fourth regional title in program history.

Senior right-hander Josh McClain picked up the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball, as the Golden Rams scored five in the eighth inning to win their first regional crown since 2012, the year they won the national championship. 

West Chester is now 40-11 overall and will open national championship tournament play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against North Georgia in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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