When asked if the Phillies were still, "the team to beat" after last Sunday's home finale, Jimmy Rollins hedged.
He didn't want to say yes and risk ridicule or to create some sort of firestorm. But he didn't want to say no and lose that swagger or edge.
"There's a lot of talented teams in the division. The team that we had in the past definitely was. The team going forward, we'll figure that out," he said.
"There are a bunch of new pieces. We haven't had that around here for a long time. I'm excited about them. They're good, young players -- big eyed. A lot of hopes and wishes, it's our part to make sure they come true. It's fun seeing the energy and excitement every single day. The world is still theirs and it's at hand. They can change it. I was that guy. Now it's up to me, Chase [Utley] and Ryan [Howard] to make sure they do change it."
Taking it a step further, Rollins told CSN-Philadelphia's Marshall Harris that the proverbial window had closed. It's time to try and open a different window, he said.
"That old window's closed," Rollins said in the interview. "This is a brand new thing. You've still got the pieces, but this is a brand new thing going forward.
"Obviously we would love to have that right-handed bat, but Darin Ruf has come up and done that so far. We're going to get Ryan [Howard] back, hopefully a healthy Ryan back on his legs and strong.
"So you’ve got Ryan at first and Darin Ruf over in left, Dom Brown in right, little Ben [Revere] in center. That’s pretty good. The lineup is good."
There will be more moves this winter, but as of Sept. 26, your 2014 Opening Day lineup looks like this:
C - Carlos Ruiz
1B - Ryan Howard
2B - Chase Utley
3B - Cody Asche
SS - Jimmy Rollins
LF - Dom Brown
CF - Ben Revere
RF - Darin Ruf
This is all subject to change, but in the meantime, keep looking for that other window.