Everyone’s Talking About Swagger

24 Jun

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There is no doubt about it; this ball club needed Jimmy
Rollins
.  There is no denying that they
have been struggling.  Heads have been
hanging and smiles have been far and few. 
Last night was the finale of “The Funk” … It’s over.

On Tuesday night after going 0-4 Jimmy told Comcast
SportsNet “My job is to make the guys believe again. Believe in how good they
are.  Believe in their talent.  Remember, you’re gonna to make outs.”  He went on to say “You gotta take advantage of
the opportunities, if it’s the game winning hit; it’s the best hit of the day.”  Wednesday he followed that up going 1-5 but
it was that 5th at bat that mattered.  In the bottom of the ninth Jimmy took Kerry
Wood deep with one on for his first ever walk off homer. 

After seeing the Angels this season walk offs are a little
more subdued.

Getting Jimmy back with the club has been a long time
coming.  His second stint on the DL was
just about a month.  It was a painfully
long month that saw the Phillies go 12-17. 
What Jimmy brings to the table is his attitude.  It’s the “Swagger” that everyone has been
talking about and that we’ve been missing so dearly.  Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Jayson Werth
are offensively our strongest players, but as far as club house leaders they’re
all rather reserved.  Jimmy is the spark
that lights the fire here in Philadelphia and we have to be glad he’s back.

Kyle Kendrick wasn’t able to follow up his previous strong
performances from this past week.  Kyle’s
forgettable start only lasted through 4+ innings.   His sinker wasn’t really there and it cost
him.  Twice to Shin-Soo Choo hit a pair
of homers off Kyle.   “My command
wasn’t good,” Kendrick said. “I fell behind hitters. I left the ball
up and got hit hard. I didn’t do my job tonight.”  Luckily for Kyle, Jimmy Rollins came up in
the ninth and erased any and all of the memories of the previous 8
innings. 

In the bottom of the eighth Chad Durbin strained his
hamstring while fielding an elusive ground ball.  Early reports were that the injury was fairly
serious, but the severity of his injury was lessened but will still require
Chad to be placed on the DL.  Nelson
Figeroa will be recalled to replace Chad.  Durbin has been the Phillies most active
bullpen pitcher and one of the most reliable, too.  Here’s hoping that you’re back soon Chad.

Side Notes –

Jimmy – Jimmy is out of the line up today just to get a little
rest.  Charlie wants to ease him back in
and since they played a night game last night a day game is a perfect opportunity.

Happ – At AA Reading, Happ allowed seven hits, three runs
and one home run — a three-run shot in the fourth inning — and struck out
four in five innings in his fourth rehab start.

Madson – Madson is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on
Thursday at Citizens Bank Park before he departs for Clearwater. Madson said on
Tuesday that he’s hopeful to rejoin the bullpen before the All-Star break.

Dobbs – Dobbs will report to AAA Lehigh Valley
tomorrow.  Charlie Manuel suspects it
will take Greg approximately 100 at bats to get his swing straightened out.

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