Rollins: Experience should help Phils
Unlike 2007 Phillies, '09 version knows what to expect
PHILADELPHIA -- A crowd of reporters surrounded Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins at his locker Sunday.
He is asked if he thinks at all about the last time the Phillies played the Rockies in the National League Division Series, when the Rockies swept them in the best-of-five series in 2007.
The Phillies and Rockies meet again in the 2009 NLDS, beginning Wednesday at 2:37 p.m. ET with Game 1 at Citizens Bank Park on TBS and Postseason.TV.
"I don't even see the relevance to that question," he finally said. "They beat us three times. Oh well. We're beyond that."
Rollins has been with the Phillies since 2000, so he has a good perspective on things. So the Rockies swept the Phillies in '07. So what? He is expecting different results this time.
The Phils were a young team that might have been happy to finally break the 14-year drought of postseason-free baseball two years ago. That team matured and remained focused in 2008, when it won the World Series.
This team wants to do it again. It wants to build a legacy.
"We have a chance to try to defend the title," Rollins said. "This is when it starts. You have to get to the postseason to have that opportunity. Last year we came in, knowing we could win, but not knowing how far we could go. This year we come in, I guess you could call it with supreme confidence because we've been to the mountain as [manager] Charlie [Manuel] likes to say.
"We know we can," Rolins added. "There's no doubt about that. Being through every stage we found a way to win. We're just looking forward to doing that again. Of course, we're going to have to work our way through that this year. Things are different, obviously. Every day has a new beginning and end, and starting Wednesday, we'll find out where we are.
"The intensity is going to be great. The fans know what to expect. We know what to expect. It's just a matter of going out and executing. Not falling victim to too much hype or going on the road and going into a shell. We have that experience and it always helps. It's still going to be a game of baseball. Whoever executes is going to win."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.