Rollins Comments on Ryno’s No Comment
Jimmy Rollins spoke to reporters this morning following Ryne Sandberg’s interesting “no comment” yesterday, when asked about the positivity and energy he has brought this spring. Rollins has not played since Monday. He was in Tuesday’s lineup, but was scratched that morning. He did not play yesterday and he is not in the lineup today.
Rollins is healthy.
Here is some of what he said this morning:
Q: Why do you think you’re not in the lineup today? It’s unusual for a starter.
A: Yeah, I don’t know. You’ll have to go ask the manager. I don’t write the lineup.
Q: Do you think it’s unusual, though?
A: Oh, it is unusual. Yes, but I’m not going to try to second guess or predict or come up with a reason why.
Q: So yesterday Sandberg is asked about Freddy Galvis. He says he loves his positivity and energy. The next question is how has Jimmy been in that regard this spring? He gives a no comment. What do you make of that? Does that bother you?
A: Well, everyone is allowed to have their own opinion. It doesn’t make it right, but he’s the manager so he gets to have the last say.
Q: What’s your relationship with Ryne so far?
A: It’s good. We talk. Except for the last two days we talk every day. We talk about baseball behind the cage when we’re doing our hitting drills. I let people challenge me throughout situations and have fun. No one has a problem with that.
Q: When would you want to talk with Ryno about this?
A: Whenever he comes to me.
Q: Do you think there’s a method to this? Do you think he’s trying to light a fire under you or something?
A: I don’t know. I don’t know. There’s no fire that needs to be lit, though. Never has been, especially when things count.
Q: And you’re healthy? You could play today?
A: Yeah, I’m healthy. I could play. I probably started getting healthy over the flu about Monday, when I had all my energy back, when I felt like, OK, I don’t have just spurts of energy. It helps when you’re full energized and ready to go.
Q: You were in Tuesday’s lineup, but then it was whited-out. What happened?
A: I don’t know. I just got a call in the morning that said you’re not on the trip.
Q: Who called you?
A: Somebody in the clubhouse. I can’t give that information.
Q: You need 434 plate appearances for $11 million option to kick in. Do you have fear they might try to manipulate that during the season?
A: That hasn’t even crossed my mind.
Q: You’re a smart guy, what’s your take on sitting out three days? What are they trying to accomplish?
A: You have to go ask (him). I’ve never … I’ve been around and I don’t necessarily comment on front office and managerial decisions.
Q: Are you confused by it?
A: I wouldn’t say confused, because that hasn’t really crossed my mind. Other than, OK, I’m not playing, maybe they’re giving another guy a shot to help with their final decisions of what they need to have on the team.
Q: When this happened with Charlie Manuel, when he’d pull you for not running out a ball or whatever, would he call you in office afterwards?
Q: Does it bother you that Ryno “no commented” when asked about your energy and positivity? He could have easily said, yeah …
A: Yeah, but he didn’t. Obviously he’s upset about something. That doesn’t mean it’s over the course of spring training, it could have been one specific incident. But he’s upset about it. Thats something when he’s ready, he’ll let me know.
Q: You said the other day, “Who cares” regarding offense stinking it up this spring, that those game results/stats don’t really matter. This related?
A: Possibly. You got the point of the conversation, and it’s true. I was just (on the radio). It’s apples and oranges. No matter how much you want the orange to taste like an apple, it’s an orange. No matter what. No matter how much you want these games to count for something, when April comes around, people aren’t talking about this. People aren’t talking about, ‘Well, he had a great spring training.” Maybe for the first two days or the first week. But if you start out 0-5 that doesn’t matter. If you start out 5-0, that doesn’t matter because you’re doing it right now.