Jimmy Rollins, who never minds making himself the lightning rod when it comes to predicting his team’s potential, says that his Philadelphia Phillies will wrest the World Series from the New York Yankees in five games.
Rollins, who once predicted – accurately – that the Phils would take the National League East from the New York Mets – said this week on "The Jay Leno Show" that the defending champion Phillies would dust off the high-octane, well-heeled Yanks.
"Of course we're gonna win," Rollins told Leno before Tuesday’s victory. “…The positive about confidence is it radiates throughout the clubhouse," he continued. "Being one of the leaders, if you go out there with a negative mindset, people pick up on that. I've always been a confident person, a happy person."
The Yankees, who beat the Phils in game 2 Thursday, brushed his comments aside.
"He's been Nostradamus, that's what I heard," Yankees catcher Jorge Posada told FOX Sports. "He's been (making) a lot of good predictions, so we've got to take that away from him."
Rollins forecasted a Phillies-Yankees series in a spring edition of Playboy. So, what’s his reason for the five-game prediction? "I think it'd be very tough to take four (in a row)," Rollins said. "You figure one game, they're going to find a way to win. That's the way it is. We came here early this year. A-Rod (hit) a big home run in the ninth, and Melky (Cabrera) had us walking off the field rather slowly. But no one's afraid. There's no doubt about that. Our job, as it's always been, is to make sure we get a split on the road, to go home knowing that's where we've played our best ball the second half of the season."
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard didn’t seemed concerned about Rollins’ comments, FOX reports. "That's just Jimmy," Howard said. "That's his M.O. He believes in this team. We believe in ourselves. Sometimes it takes that person to step up and try to push your teammates to believe. A lot of guys wouldn't do that. He believes in us. We believe in ourselves. If that's what he said, then, hey, we're going to go out there and do the best we can to make it right. "He loves that spotlight. He loves putting that type of attention on himself and on our team.”