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NEW YORK -- After two World Series games, it's fair to say Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins isn't the biggest fan of the new Yankee Stadium.
Rollins, known for his penchant for stirring the pot with New York fans, spoke before and after Game 2 on Thursday about how the atmosphere at the Bronx's new ballpark didn't live up to his expectations or the standard set 105 miles southwest in Philadelphia.
"What I thought it would be like compared to what this is like, I would have to say it's completely different," Rollins said before Game 2. "They had a legacy over there from the hallways, the monuments, everything. Here, it's brand new. It's a different ballpark."
Following an 0-for-2 performance with a pair of walks on Thursday, Rollins reiterated his pregame sentiments while simultaneously looking ahead to a raucous crowd this weekend at Citizens Bank Park.
Asked if Yankee Stadium were a different atmosphere for a World Series game, Rollins replied, "You'd like to believe so. It's really more of a different atmosphere at our ballpark, which is so loud and rowdy. I expected that when I came here, but I heard one big cheer, and that was on a home run. Other than that," Rollins said before finishing his quote with a shrug of the shoulders.
Moments later, Rollins was asked if it felt like more of a World Series this season against the Yankees than last year against the Rays. He came back quickly and briefly by saying, "When we get to Philly, it will."
Rollins' digs at Yankee Stadium were as much to praise the Phillies' home venue at Citizens Bank Park as anything else. Philadelphia is 11-1 in its 12 postseason games at Citizens Bank Park the past two seasons. In last year's World Series and this year's National League Championship Series, Philadelphia returned home with the series tied at one and promptly won all three games at their home ballpark.
"It makes it a lot more fun because you know they're your fans and how the sound can echo when they're not your fans," Rollins said. "We saw it in the NLCS."
In that NLCS with the Dodgers, the Phillies outscored Los Angeles, 26-8, in the three games in Philadelphia.
If they can pull that off a third straight time, Rollins and his teammates get to avoid a trip back to the Bronx. In addition, they'd fulfill the shortstop's five-game prediction to win a second straight World Series.