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Here are the Highlights of Jimmy Rollins Retirement Night

Bob Wankel - May 4, 2019

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:

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Jimmy Rollins Makes Broadcast Booth Debut, Promptly Curses

Bob Wankel - April 22, 2019

Jimmy Rollins is my guy. Love him. He has been pretty good in the booth tonight, too, during what’s been just a miserable baseball game, but I’m guessing he would like to have at least one call back.

With the Phillies trying to stay afloat down 3-1 in the seventh inning, reliever Juan Nicasio entered the game with the bases loaded and immediately plunked Pete Alonso with his first pitch to force in a run. Understandably, Rollins, a former player, reacted as he would had he been standing on the field:

“Ohh…shit.”

Barring a drastic change of events, Rollins’ word choice seems appropriate, as the Phillies appear headed for their fourth loss in five games on what has quickly become an ugly road trip.

Jimmy Rollins is a Fringe Roster Guy

Jim Adair - February 22, 2016

While some fringe Phillies fans decry the lack of names on the roster, one former Phillie is finding himself on the fringe of rosters:

I’m glad J-Roll™ is still kicking around the league, but if he can’t make the Sox, he should hang it up. An old man in the minors is uniquely hard to watch. There’s a special kind of sadness in baseball watching one-time greats fight away in the minors for one last cup of coffee. And the rest is silence.

Utley and Rollins are Still Playing Spectacular Defense

Jim Adair - September 1, 2015

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins connected for an acrobatic, glove-toss assisted put out at second base. You can just hear it in Harry’s voice: “What a great flip turned Utley to J-Roll™… to Adrian Gonzalez?” Oh no, the fantasy is ruined. And after all that, they didn’t get the double play anyway. It still looked great though.

You can catch a GIF of the glove flip and hear Vin Scully call the play after the jump.

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Phillies Fans Give Jimmy Rollins Rousing Ovation, LA Writer Reminds Everyone How Rude We Typically Are

Kyle Scott - August 5, 2015

[I love that second crescendo– gets me every time]

As completely expected – despite sports talk radio CHATTER about whether fans would cheer Jimmy Rollins (of course they would) – J-Roll™ got the welcoming he deserved last night (more videos after the jump), as the borderline Hall of Fame candidate, former MVP, Phils all-time hit leader, and World Series champion* returned to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers. Of course, that didn’t stop OC Register reporter BILL PLUNKETT from getting in this dig:

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Notorious for their ill manners, Philadelphia fans greeted Jimmy Rollins with cheers in his first visit to Citizens Bank Park as the enemy.

They cheered him during batting practice. They cheered him again when he stepped in to lead off the game for the Dodgers – so loud and long, in fact, that Rollins stepped out of the batter’s box twice to acknowledge the ovation. Even former teammates such as Ryan Howard applauded, slapping his glove at first base.

“It went on a little longer than I expected,” said Rollins who spent his first 15 years in the big leagues with the Phillies, winning an MVP and going to back-to-back World Series with the team in 2008 and 2009. “It was a great moment. The fans showed their appreciation.”

Thanks, Bill Plunkett.

More videos of Rollins’ first at-bat, and a special bonus Maikel Franco grand slam, after the jump. I have no idea if the Phillies won.

*Seriously, what the hell is wrong with people? Yeah, we sometimes gave Rollins a hard time – he wasn’t my favorite player – but on the scale of boo-to-cheer, Rollins is without question an 8 or 9. Dude accomplished more here than 99% of local athletes. There was absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that he was going to get a standing O. And yet, it still became a topic over the last few days. Continue Reading

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Jimmy Rollins was the 5th Best Offensive Player on His Own Team from 2007-2011

Kyle - June 24, 2015

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There were six Phillies position players who were key parts of the overwhelming majority of their 5-year NL East dominance from 2007-2011. For this story, Carlos Ruiz was taken out as his offensive numbers were so far below the other five.

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Good Lord, Jimmy Rollins Is a Yammering Mess

Kyle Scott - March 24, 2015

Jimmy Rollins. Superstar. Photo credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Rollins. Superstar. Photo credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Rollins spoke at length to the bow tie man himself, little baby Ken Rosenthal. I’m assuming both men spent the interview standing on wooden lifts in front of a life-size cutout of Kevin Hart just to make themselves feel tall. Rollins, for his part, said many things, only some of which I dislike:

Q: What do you feel like now that you no longer are in Philly?

A: Free. I feel like I’m free to be myself without someone on my shoulder. Obviously, everyone has parameters and limits. You have to play within the boundaries. But when you’re a leader, rules are a little different for you. When you’re a superstar, rules are a little different. You’re held to a higher standard, which I love. But it brings added pressure. Which I love. But if someone buds, let ’em bud. Instead of trying to keep ’em within this framework. Just let ’em be who they are at that moment.

The general area, the city [of Philadelphia] being blue-collar, it’s not conducive for a superstar. You can be good, but you’ve got to be blue-collar along the way, keep your mouth shut, just go and work. Where obviously, this is LA. It’s almost like it’s OK to be more flamboyant. You kind of appreciate that the more you’re out there. Because LA loves a star.

So in that sense, I feel free. If I want to “show out” a little bit — from the outside looking in, people might say, “You’re in Hollywood.” But no, in some places you couldn’t do that.

Q: I remember when you said the Phillies would beat the Mets (Before the 2007 season, Rollins said, “I think we’re the team to beat — finally. But, that’s only on paper.” The Phillies had finished 12 games behind the Mets the previous year.) There were only a few times you said stuff that was perceived as controversial.

A: See, that stuff I don’t see as controversial. I don’t perceive that as controversial at all. That was fun. But don’t get me wrong. That’s pressure. What did I say that was so crazy? Everyone wants to win. You ask anyone in our clubhouse. We think it’s our turn. I didn’t think that was controversial.

The knee-jerk reaction here is that you’re supposed to hate this. But you know what? Love it. Generally speaking, Jimmy’s right– we hate individuality unless it’s in the context of being absurdly working man (see: Werth comma Jayson’s hair, Phillies comma 1993). People did make too much of his team to beat comment. CSN, for years, treated it like he declared war on Iran, like it was some crazy proclamation that scared the masses, some of whom undoubtedly wanted the fight.

My issue is that Rollins speaks so openly about being a “superstar.” I think that label’s a bit much, but whatevs. There are, however, only a handful of athletes that can talk about that sort of thing without seeming douchey or overly desirous of putting themselves in that pantheon– guys like LeBron James, Derek Jeter. Rollins isn’t at that level. Speaking freely about the burden of being a “superstar” is exactly the sort of thing that prevented him from becoming fully embraced in this city. And this, too:

Q: Some people felt at times that you acted too much like a superstar. That you weren’t always on time. That sometimes, you didn’t hustle. Did you feel that? Was any of that true in your mind?

A: The superstar part, not even close. On time? When I was late, I got benched. On time, if stretch is at 4:05 and you have to be there at 3, yeah, I’m late. I’m not getting there at 3. Some people get to the clubhouse at 1, but they’re playing cards, nothing to do with baseball. That wasn’t me. If stretch is at 4:20 and I’m walking in at 4 o’clock, I’m on time. Once I get there, I’m about baseball — stretch, batting practice, my cage work. I’m not sitting around hanging out. That was never me. That wasn’t my M.O.

Hustling? Hit the ball to second base, 70 percent is what I gave. When I hit it to the left side, I can’t really see, so I usually run a little run harder, because I don’t know what’s going on. But when it’s in front of me, that’s how it was.

The struggle, of running 90 feet to first and showing up at 3 p.m. to sit around, play cards and watch film, is real.

Read the full thing here.

Jimmy Rollins Didn’t Want to Be Traded to the Yankees Because of Derek Jeter

Jim Adair - March 5, 2015

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Before Jimmy Rollins was shipped out west to drape himself in Dodger blue, there were rumblings he’d be headed on a northbound Amtrak to don some pinstripes. Those rumors were shut down when we found out that Ruben Amaro was asking the Yankees for their top prospects (which they were not willing to give) and that J-Roll™ would turn down any trade to the Yankees with his no-trade clause. “Good,” we thought. “He won’t betray us to go play for everyone’s enemy.” But Rollins was thinking “Hell no, there’s no way I’m replacing Jeter.”

And why didn’t he want to fill Jeter’s well-worn shoes? He’s too old.

“I wasn’t going to go after (Derek) Jeter,” Rollins told Jon Heyman. “If I was 26, Ok. But I’m 36. There was not enough time.”

[Editor’s note: Never has a player been more concerned with his place in team lore than Rollins.]

Enough time for what? To make his mark? To exit Jeter’s shadow? To do something with the Yankees? To get to the gift basket store? I don’t even care. I understand Rollins had to go and I’m fine with him in Dodger blue. Those navy pinstripes though? Hello no.

However, it could have been even more painful:

If there was no deal with the Dodgers, Rollins would have been in a difficult spot trying to decide between the Mets and Phillies.

“That would have been tough,” he said. “I would have given it a lot of thought.”

Well, let’s just not think about that.