What the … ?
They were cheering because Jimmy Rollins had just arrived. Asked about Rollins’ tardiness, Charlie Manuel, who benched Rollins once last season for showing up late to Shea Stadium, didn’t sound too upset.
“He got the wrong directions to get here,” Manuel said. “He stopped, asked a cop for directions and the cop sent him to (the Pirates’ minor-league complex). I believe him. He’s fine. But at the same time I do expect people to be here on time. That is a rule.”
Some might be wondering why Rollins didn’t take the team bus. To be honest, very few veterans take the team bus during spring training road games. Once they’re pulled from the game, they are allowed to shower, eat and head home before the game is over. Only the younger kids and non-roster invitees take the bus back.
Manuel is looking forward to seeing Carlos Carrasco and J.A. Happ begin the competition for the fifth starter’s job tomorrow against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field. Well, he’s kind of looking forward to it.
“I’m interested, but I’m interested to see where all of our pitchers are at,” he said.