Jimmy Rollins takes out full-page ad to thank Philly fans

  • David Whitlock

Since the age of 21, the city of Philadelphia has been the only city of employment for James Calvin “Jimmy” Rollins.  The former National League MVP and three-time All-Star will make a new start on the west coast, after he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers a week or so ago.  Philadelphia fans are always tough, but fair, and the shortstop appreciated their relationship, which included a World Series title in 2008.  So much so, he took out a full page ad in the Philadelphia Enquirer thanking the franchise including his entire family (via CBS Eye on Baseball and Jimmy Rollins’ Twitter)

Credit: Philadelphia Enquirer / CBS Eye on Baseball

Credit: Philadelphia Enquirer / CBS Eye on Baseball

Rollins also finishes with the most hits (2306) in the long Phillies history (the moment captured in the photo above).  The move made sense for both sides, as the Phillies have clearly moved past their core 2009 glory and the Dodgers are in the middle “fire-wagon” change of personnel (including the loss of their SS Hanley Ramirez) for their high-salaried team to make another National League Pennant run.

– David Whitlock

Featured Image Credit: AP/Chris Szagola

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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