If you've read my interview with Chipper (posted here) then you saw his allusion to how ridiculous Jimmy Rollins' remark several weeks ago that the "Phillies were the team to best in the NL East," was. In my interview with him, Chipper said this when asked if the Braves were the team to beat in the NL East:
I will never disrespect the other teams in our division by saying that; by guaranteeing some kind of division title or anything like that - that's stupidity. I think we will be a force to be reckoned with in the East.
But now there are more comments from Chipper about the Rollins comments. In this New York Times piece, Chipper lays it all on the table (hat tip: Rowland's Office:
"That's the difference in the mentality in Atlanta and the mentality in Philadelphia," Chipper Jones, the Braves' leader, said when asked about Rollins's remark. "We would have never disrespected the rest of the division by proclaiming ourselves division champs before the beginning of the season. The fact that he did, that has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. As far as I can remember, I don't think he has ever won a division. We'll leave it at that."
That is some primo smack talk. I must say I like this feisty Chipper Jones. He's not staying quiet when others say their team is the team to beat. Especially a team that, like Chipper said, hasn't won the division in a very long time. We'll have to keep an eye on this to see if it starts a war of words between the Braves and Phillies.