Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Jimmy Rollins Has Healthy Ego

In an article on MLB.com, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins gives himself considerable props:

"Every spring since my rookie year, I told him (younger brother Antwon) I'm going to break [Joe] DiMaggio's record," said Rollins. "It's such a symbol of consistency. Up until now, that was impossible."

Later in the article, Rollins offers us a glimpse at his future exalted status in the annals of baseball history:

"I have no doubt that I'll be regarded as one of the best shortstops," he said. "In which way, offense or defense, I don't know. Hopefully, it's all the way around. Those are my plans. If I don't feel that way, I shouldn't be playing this game."
Recognition as the holder of the game's longest hitting streak in history might help his Hall of Fame chances. "Shoot, I'll get to Hall of Fame for reasons other than that," he said, laughing. "But that'll definitely help."

Big words for a guy whose previous longest hitting streak was 12 games. And from a lead-off man who for his career has a .273 BA (.267 league average) and a .328 OBP (.338 league average). And whose previous All-Star nods are as much of a testament to the lack of SS talent in the NL as they are to his own abilities.

Your hit king, future hall-of famer "run like Dimaggio, hit like Jimmy" Rollins!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should have a poll determining who has the biggest ego amongst T.O., Rollins, Kobe Bryant, Investment Bankers, or Bode Miller.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  

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