Jimmy Rollins talked to the media ahead of his retirement ceremony festivities this evening. It was pretty much the usual. He reminisced about topics such as the 2008 World Series, his dramatic walk-off double in Game 4 of the 2009 NLCS, and his first career hit during the nearly 20-minute session. Pretty much all of the topics you would expect to be covered.
He also compared championship rings with Howard Eskin, who was in attendance with his Eagles Super Bowl bling. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury captured the moment:
As usual, Rollins was thoughtful, honest, and articulate with his answers, but there was one that he gave in response to a question about the day he was drafted that stood out:
I got drafted, and I didn’t know much about city. I knew Mike Schmidt. I knew Veterans Stadium. I knew it wasn’t a good-looking stadium. And I knew not a lot of people came to the games. And I just told my mom, “You know what? When I get there, we’re going to win.”
Seems he was making good calls far before his 2007 team to beat prophecy.
As for ceremony itself, Dan Baker introduced some Phillies alumni, messages from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley were played on the video board, as was a tribute video featuring his classic moments. Former Phillies managers, Larry Bowa and Charlie Manuel, then presented Rollins with a customized sculpted glove before addressing the crowd.
Finally, he took shortstop at Citizens Bank Park for one last time, which you can watch after the jump: