VIDEO: Phillies Jimmy Rollins hits walk-off home run, “dedicates” it to heckler
There’s no better feeling for a batter than to hit a walk-off home run to give your team the victory. I stand corrected, it might be even better if you are able to “dedicate” the home run to a fan who had been heckling you during the at-bat. Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins checked both those boxes, watch here as he lights up a Miami Marlins Dan Jennings offspeed pitch down the LF line (via MLB.com):
And when he knew he got it all, he made the “dedication”, check out this GIF (via Bleacher Report / Danger Guerrero):
According to ESPN.com, he was letting a heckling fan know that he didn’t appreciate the taunting. The former National League MVP elaborated:
“There was some fan in the stands popping off,” Rollins said. “He was right behind our dugout, close enough to yell and piss me off, honestly. It was something pretty ignorant, but it worked.”
“I politely told him to shut the [abbreviated expletive] up,” Rollins told reporters. “I was locked and had some aggression. It just worked out I was able to tell him.”
Rollins would not disclose what the fan said, referring to the taunt as “just a dumb comment.” He claimed that he heard the fan at the beginning of his 10th-inning at-bat.
“He started chirping right after my first swing,” Rollins told reporters. “I wanted to do it right when he said it, but I still had an at-bat to get through.
“You hear it a lot. A lot of times you want to say something back. This time I was able to.”
Knowing the city that booed Santa Claus, I imagine it was a home fan giving him the business. Rollins certainly made sure he gave it right back.
– David Whitlock