Jimmy Rollins is Going to Attempt to Hit a Ball Farther Than Any Man Has Before

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Hey, what is the most logical thing for our five foot eight leadoff hitter, who is in the final year of his contract and coming off an injury-plagued season, to do on a Monday afternoon in June? Attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest batted ball, that's what.

[Apparently GWR is no longer called "Book of World Records," because, ya know, people can get that stuff online now.]

Last night, J-Roll™ Tweeted a link to the press release for his Red Bull dick-swinging-fest, which will take place next Monday at 11:45 A.M.:

Clear your lunch hour because we’re not just talking home runs here…Rollins is aiming beyond the typical stadium distance and looking to hit a massive 550-foot bomb — or the distance of almost two football fields.

Not stopping there, Rollins will also attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Batted Ball’, which currently stands at 576 feet. The record is for the greatest distance one individual can hit a batted baseball in a legal manner with no restriction on equipment.

Rollins is encouraging his fellow Philadelphians to stop by to witness the science, the technology, the talent, the strength, or to just see their favorite professional athlete really hit it out of the park…and over a highway.

 

Facepalm.

If you remember, Rollins was supposed to try this last year… but he hurt is calf the day before, during the Phillies' home opener.

His Twitter account, Facebook page, and most of his swag are all sponsored by Red Bull, who put together this melodramatic video (after the jump) hyping the event.

I'm sure this won't mess with his already long swing. Nope, not at all… I'll be there – with camera – to report back.

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14 Responses

  1. Dear Jimmy, Please incur a season ending injury while partaking in this idiotic display of “science, the technology, the talent, the strength.” That way when Wilson Valdez takes over at short we will know not to expect production from our SS. Appreciate the MVP year, but other then that I hate leadoff hitters that swing first pitch ALL DAY. As I also hate leadoff hitters that try to be Prince Fielder and strike out swinging to hard or drop their back shoulder trying to get under the ball and send a thundering pop up to the middle infielders. Which in Non RedBull Baseball does not move runners, or allow for a sac fly when on 3rd with less than 2 outs. But you just keep on reppin’ Redbull and killing momentum you little gap toothed momentum killer you(playfully punches shoulder).

  2. Wow Adam, a bit of an assholic aggressive personality you have huh? You contribute to the trash we have around here. Go hug your fat mom. But hey…at least her teeth are fixed right? Cause that has a lot to do with leading off and pop ups right?

  3. I’m sure he’ll have no problem hitting a homerun 175 feet farther then his norm. Good to know this is what he’s working on when he’s in a contract year hitting .240. Come on guys have some faith.

  4. Redbull may be a detriment to the Phillies. The Willie Mays Hayes comment is spot on, and Adam isnt far off either, despite his anger

  5. Adam, you sound like one of those guys that is bitter because he was always picked last in gym class. He’s a 3-time golden glove winner, show some respect you douche!

  6. Well, I’d be more impressed, and interested if some Kong-sized masher like Ryan Howard or Prince Fielder attempted this rather dubious feat. But J-Roll? I have my doubts this will succeed.

  7. While I agree that J-Roll’s production needs to improve, you can’t argue the fact that he really makes the Phils go. Their record with him opposed to their record without him speaks volumes about how much he means to the team. He is a horrible leadoff hitter, but he plays fantastic defense and it the un-questioned team leader. With all that said…this Red Bull thing is a bad idea…



    Also, please don’t confuse me with that other Adam…

  8. It’s a gimmick. I’m sure it’s some kind of loaded ball – aluminum bat trick. J-Roll doesn’t have a snowball’s chance at Carts’ beach house of hitting a baseball with a wooden bat that far.

  9. its def an aluminum bat, is it still near the art museum or parkway or whatever? im too lazy to check links.

  10. It sounds like fun, as long as we don’t have to carry him on the DL for the rest of the year because he busted a gut or something.

  11. Hey, what is the most logical thing for our five foot eight leadoff hitter, who is in the final year of his contract and coming off an injury-plagued season, to do on a Monday afternoon in June? Attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest batted ball, that’s what. [Apparently GWR is no longer called Book of World Records, because, ya know, people can get that stuff online now.] Last night, J-Rollв„ў Tweeted a link to the press release for his Red Bull dick-swinging-fest, which will take place next Monday at 11:45 A.M.: Clear your lunch hour because we’re…

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