Jimmy Rollins blasted by billboard for lack of hustle (Picture)

Jimmy Rollins‘ lack of hustle has bothered Phillies fans, so Philly sports radio station 97.5 The Fanatic decided to address the matter. The station blasted the Phillies shortstop with a billboard message that says “Hey Jimmy, run! Don’t jog!!”

A particular incident during Wednesday’s game coupled with Rollins’ response to a fan set things off.

Rollins jogged down to first base during the top of the sixth inning of the Phillies-Marlins game on Wednesday with the team down 2-1. Rollins hit a slow ball to shortstop Jose Reyes, who backed up to field it, giving Rollins plenty of time to reach first. However, since Rollins wasn’t hustling, he wasn’t even in the picture when Reyes made the throw:

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Mets C Josh Thole falls for ‘foul ball’ trick from Jimmy Rollins (Video)

Josh Thole is not going to hear the end of this blunder for a long time. The Mets catcher was on first base with one out and pitcher R.A. Dickey at the plate when he got tricked by Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins Friday night. Dickey laid down a sacrifice bunt and Thole advanced to second. As Thole was approaching second base, Rollins was using his hands to signify that Thole should go easy into the bag. He also appeared to mouth “foul ball” to Thole.

Thole began running back to first base even though he had safely advance to second on the sac bunt. Pitcher Cliff Lee then threw to Rollins at second, who relayed to first to get out Thole, who finally realized it was a live ball and dived back into the base.

Thole acknowledged the huge gaffe after the game, but he didn’t blame Rollins. From the Star-Ledger:

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Jimmy Rollins Questions Jose Reyes’ Decision to Leave Game Early

Jimmy Rollins and Jose Reyes have been two of the top shortstops in baseball at different points in their careers. Both are set to hit the free agent market, and although Reyes is expected to command much more money, Rollins thinks being in the same free agent class is a good thing.

Rollins, who is no stranger to asserting his team’s greatness compared to the Mets, wasn’t impressed by Reyes’ controversial decision to bunt and then leave the game on the final day of the season.

“I’d have played the whole game – that’s me, though,” Rollins told reporters. “I fought this hard, to be in this position, and I’m going to see it all the way through to the end. My personality, I’m going to ride it out. I worked this hard to be this good and put up these numbers, I could see it all the way to the end.”

Nobody argues that Reyes is a superior player at this point, but that’s not the issue. The issue is that Reyes took the easy way out. If he were a true batting champion, he wouldn’t have been afraid to hit. That’s taking the wussy way out.

Jimmy Rollins Guarantees 100 Wins for Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been known to be a confident guy. He’s cocky, he has swagger, and he generally backs it up on the field. Of course it’s easy to front as a tough guy when you have a bunch of 6’5″ 250 pound giants backing you up, and that’s the case for Rollins.

After winning 97 games last season and reaching the NLCS before losing to the Giants, the Phillies brought in Cliff Lee — who helped spark their World Series run in 2009 — to bolster their already strong rotation. Because of the improvement, Rollins guaranteed the team would win 100 games this season, according to a tweet from reporter Matt Gelb.

It may be a bold prediction, but it seems to be within reach for the Phillies. They’ve upgraded their staff to a historically good level, and they have plenty of sluggers in the lineup. Still, Chase Utley is coming back from injury, Raul Ibanez had a down year, and they lost Jayson Werth. On top of all that, they need their bullpen to repeat last year’s success enjoyed by Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge, and Jose Contreras, and they have to compete with the rest of the league.

The NL Central and NL West have several strong teams, and the Braves should present a challenge in the East. Oh yeah, and Rollins is in a contract year and stunk the past two seasons (largely because he got hurt). If the Phils are to win 100 games — which won’t be easy — they’ll need contributions from everyone, especially Rollins who has been a disappointment lately. As LBS writer Alan Hull put it to me best, it’s put up or shut up for Jimmy.

Jimmy Rollins, Friend of the Radio Show Contest Winners

Maybe I’m more skeptical than the average person, but when someone comes knocking on my door I’m always expecting the worst. Apparently that’s not the case with Jimmy Rollins, or the kids who came a-knockin on his door was extremely persuasive. Some high schoolers were trying to win tickets to the Eagles/Giants game by getting a celebrity to call into a radio show to win a contest. Naturally they headed straight to J-Roll’s pad:

John Buto, 17, a senior at Kingsway Regional High, in Woolwich, Gloucester County, knocked on Rollins’ door after school Tuesday along with a few friends and politely explained the contest to Rollins. To Buto’s surprise, J-Roll invited the gang into his home and called Wired host Kannon’s show.

Buto says Rollins couldn’t have been nicer and spent about 15 minutes with the group as the call-in line was busy. Buto says he’s not worried about another listener getting a bigger VIP because “I don’t know who’s bigger than the shortstop of the World Series champion Phillies.” If he does win, Buto plans to take his buddy Steve Borkowski, with whom he hatched the plan to ask Rollins.

Unless he bought the star maps from some kid sitting in a lawn chair on Sunset Blvd., how did Buto know where J-Roll lived? And how cool is it that Rollins helped them out? Good thing it was January when Rollins likely didn’t have much to do (clearly), otherwise he would have been in season. That’s pretty sweet of Rollins to help the kids out.

Via Ben Maller