As Mets fans, we don’t get moments like this very often, so in those rare instances when the Phillies make headlines for all the wrong reasons, you really have to relish them.
To begin, we already know what a big mouth Jimmy Rollins has, but get a load of what he said while a guest on the Dan Patrick Show. Patrick asked Rollins why the Phillies didn’t elect to keep Cliff Lee. (A loaded question?)
“That, I have no idea,” Rollins told Patrick. “I’m sure we could afford him. We turned nearly four million people through the turnstiles last year. I don’t know. You should have [Phillies general manager] Ruben [Amaro Jr.] on here.
“When the trade happened, I actually got a text from Jayson Werth and he was like, ‘What are we doing?’ And I was like, ‘Didn’t we get Halladay?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, but we traded Lee.’ And my mouth dropped like, ‘That wasn’t part of the deal.’ I really don’t know. I thought we had enough to keep him. I thought we could have done enough to keep him. I guess that’s just a move the Yankees do. … That’s just the truth. The Yankees would have been like, ‘Hey, we got a chance to keep both of them. We’ll pay them both for a year or two and we got a chance to win a championship.’”
Amaro declined comment Thursday.
Next, as you all know by now Nelson Figueroa is indeed a Phillie. Today he made his first appearance for them against the Nationals, and with the score tied 5-5 in the seventh, Figueroa allowed a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Alberto Gonzalez. Nyjer Morgan bunted Gonzalez to second and Gonzalez scored the go-ahead run on Ryan Zimmerman’s double which made Figgy the losing pitcher.
Speaking of Figgy, check out this Mets Fan Walk brick that has been making the rounds in the Mets blogosphere today. It comes from Metsie and if you check out his site, you’ll see the full size pic with accompanying alternate text.