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Rollins: Experience should help Phils

Rollins: Experience should help Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- A crowd of reporters surrounded Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins at his locker Sunday.

He is asked if he thinks at all about the last time the Phillies played the Rockies in the National League Division Series, when the Rockies swept them in the best-of-five series in 2007.

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The Phillies and Rockies meet again in the 2009 NLDS, beginning Wednesday at 2:37 p.m. ET with Game 1 at Citizens Bank Park on TBS and Postseason.TV.

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2009 record: 93-69
2008 record: 92-70
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WHO ARE THESE GUYS?
Madson: Back in business
Werth: Heart of the order
Rollins: Awaiting breakout
Focus: One game at a time
Manuel: Mix & match
Howard: Ready for lefties
Stairs: Shot reverberates
Manuel: New rules for 'pen
Blanton: Arm around team
Pedro: Return to spotlight
Ibanez: Eyes on prize
Rollins: '07 irrelevant
Lidge: Still an option
Lidge: Killer cutter
Roster: Mulling options
Ibanez: Perfect fit
Hamels: Path of the pros
Amaro: Bold decisions
Pedro: Elated to play part
Rollins: No more predictions
Hamels: Back in business
Pitching: Staff in flux
Manuel: Keeps 'em focused
Hamels: Aims for dominance
Lineup: Imperfect but solid
Lee: Ready for playoff debut
Howard: The evolution
Rollins: Excelling on defense
Rotation: Not just big two
Manuel: Steady as she goes
Rollins: Eyes on '09 drama
Howard: The 'Big Piece'
Lee: Lifting Phils' hopes

Rollins paused.

"I don't even see the relevance to that question," he finally said. "They beat us three times. Oh well. We're beyond that."

Rollins has been with the Phillies since 2000, so he has a good perspective on things. So the Rockies swept the Phillies in '07. So what? He is expecting different results this time.

The Phils were a young team that might have been happy to finally break the 14-year drought of postseason-free baseball two years ago. That team matured and remained focused in 2008, when it won the World Series.

This team wants to do it again. It wants to build a legacy.

"We have a chance to try to defend the title," Rollins said. "This is when it starts. You have to get to the postseason to have that opportunity. Last year we came in, knowing we could win, but not knowing how far we could go. This year we come in, I guess you could call it with supreme confidence because we've been to the mountain as [manager] Charlie [Manuel] likes to say.

"We know we can," Rolins added. "There's no doubt about that. Being through every stage we found a way to win. We're just looking forward to doing that again. Of course, we're going to have to work our way through that this year. Things are different, obviously. Every day has a new beginning and end, and starting Wednesday, we'll find out where we are.

"The intensity is going to be great. The fans know what to expect. We know what to expect. It's just a matter of going out and executing. Not falling victim to too much hype or going on the road and going into a shell. We have that experience and it always helps. It's still going to be a game of baseball. Whoever executes is going to win."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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