My apologies for not blogging until now. Hope the coverage in the paper held you over. Jimmy Rollins just addressed the media for the first time since spring training and admitted that the ankle he sprained early in the season bothered him throughout the year, even into the playoffs.
"The ankle really probably didn't stop bothering me until December," Rollins said. "(I would) do a couple things, then you hear it pop a couple times, and you are like, 'Oooh,' But it was the scar tissue tearing, and it's something that needed to be happening. Coming into the playoffs, there were a couple of times that I was on first base and I was talking to Prince [Fielder] and I was like, 'Man it feels like my Achilles is going to go.' But it's going to have to blow for me to come out this game. It finally loosened up, so it feels good now.'"
I'm sure by now you've read Jose Reyes' comments to New York reporters at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie. Specifically, he took umbrage with the Phillies' suggestion that Reyes "pimps" his home runs too much. Last year, some merry Phillie pranksters jokingly put Reyes' name above Victorino's locker after he hit a home run and pumped his fist.
"I heard that," Reyes said, as reported by the New York Post. "I don’t know why they said that because I’m not the only when I hit a home run that I ‘pimp’ it. A lot of people do that. A lot of people from Philadelphia too. They stand there for a couple seconds and nobody say nothing. I don’t know why the Phillies focus so much on the New York Mets. We just worry about us.
"I don’t know why they always focus on us. They are the ones to win the World Series. We don’t say nothing about them. We just say congratulations to the Phillies. They always say something about us and we don’t even focus on them. We focus on them when we play against them.
"We don’t worry about the Phillies – we focus about the New York Mets," Reyes said. "They have to be happy because they win the World Series. Why do they focus on us? What did we do to them? If they don’t like us, that’s OK."