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Sielski: Rollins’ Slight Tarnishes Image

Mike Sielski of the Bucks County Courier Times wrote an interesting column about Jimmy Rollins’ actions after Thursday’s win over Washington. According to Sielski, the NL MVP shunned the media after recording a post-game on-field interview.

Sielski cites Rollins’ vocal leader responsibilities as the reason he thinks the shortstop made the wrong move. He writes:

“There are consequences and expectations that accompany being vocal, being brash, and Rollins fulfilled only one Thursday. He made the key play in a vital win, a brilliant bit of hustle and headiness that saved the Phillies from an embarrassing three-game sweep at the hands of a team that’s not supposed to beat them. ‘That shows why he’s our team leader.’ Victorino said.

Good, because the aftermath didn’t.”

It’s probably too early to admonish Rollins for this kind of move; I mean, the team is only 1-2. Maybe if they’re 4-11 again I can see this being a problem — a man has to own up and act as leader in sunshine and rain. But to call Jimmy out like this at this point? Set down the controversy controller, Mike.

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