July 24, 2012 |
Citizens Bank Park was half empty when the Phillies finally won Sunday, probably because these fans too often have seen games like this one evolve into a horror show. The nightmare fuel is a tie game, an open bullpen door, and extra innings. So there was satisfaction in the Phillies clubhouse after a 4-3, 12-inning victory over San Francisco - no matter how close to irrelevance the team stands. Above the field, where general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and his lieutenants sit, the same feeling likely existed for far different reasons.
August 30, 2012 |
Henry Odong searched through his wallet in hopes of retrieving his Jimmy Rollins baseball card. Odong said he has held onto the card for nearly a decade after he received it from an American baseball coach traveling in Nigeria. As Odong's fingers passed through the array of business cards, receipts, and photo IDs, the Phillies shortstop himself moved closer. Odong, the 34-year-old head coach of the Uganda Little League team, was in Plymouth Meeting on Tuesday afternoon as his group of 11- and 12-year-olds played an exhibition against the Plymouth Little League at East Plymouth Valley Park.
August 15, 2012 |
MIAMI - At 7:11 p.m. Tuesday, Jimmy Rollins crushed the second pitch of the night deep into the empty stands at Marlins Park. Once the game became official after the fifth inning, he had set a record. For the 1,731st time, he played shortstop for the Phillies, and that is more than any other man in the franchise's 130 seasons. Rollins shrugged at eclipsing Larry Bowa's mark for longevity at shortstop, saying it merely meant he's been around for a long time. That should not be confused, Rollins said, with taking it for granted.
August 29, 2010 |
SAN DIEGO - Since Brad Lidge fell to his knees as a world champion in 2008, he has discovered many ways to blow a baseball game - 16 in all. On Friday night, Lidge blew a game without the ball's leaving his hand. The Phillies closer balked in the tying run in the ninth inning, spoiling another fantastic Roy Oswalt start. The Phillies still won, 3-2, in 12 innings thanks to a highlight-reel slide by Jimmy Rollins. Lidge made things a bit more complicated than they should have been.
April 3, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Jimmy Rollins dashed to meet his teammates for stretching at 5 p.m. Monday and almost forgot his red Phillies hat before his 13th straight opening day as the team's shortstop. In 10 of those seasons, Rollins was the first Phillies player to hit. This time, the lineup was different. "Actually," Rollins said, "I haven't even looked" at it. Rollins knew, though. He batted second for the first time in nearly nine years. His leadoff spot belonged to Ben Revere. The move was somewhat surprising.
September 6, 2012 |
CINCINNATI - Jimmy Rollins shied away from questions about whether he was proud of his legacy as a careerlong Phillies player last month, when he overtook Larry Bowa for the most games at shortstop in franchise history. But barring injury, Rollins is on his way to becoming the franchise's all-time hits king. After going hitless in his first two at-bats on Tuesday night, Rollins bounced a one-out double by Todd Frazier in the fifth inning for his 2,000th career hit. Rollins is one of four players to collect their 2,000th hit as a Phillie.
April 14, 2010 |
Jimmy Rollins is likely still headed for the disabled list with a strained right calf, but the Phillies decided to delay any decision on their shortstop's status for at least one day. After suffering the injury while running wind sprints just before the start of the home opener Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, Rollins went to Jefferson Hospital's Rothman Institute on Tuesday afternoon for a magnetic resonance imaging examination that confirmed...
July 29, 2007 |
They are minus injured all-stars Chase Utley and Aaron Rowand. Their rotation includes a castoff who has been with four organizations this season and who fell into a three-run hole last night. None of that matters to the surging Phillies. Erupting for a season-high eight runs in the fifth inning, the Phils defeated the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-5, before 45,149 fans at steamy Citizens Bank Park. "It's like we've been doing all year," shortstop Jimmy Rollins said after collecting three hits and drilling his career-high 13th triple.
September 26, 2006 |
Hoping they weren't marking a goodbye to Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies nonetheless gave their fans a memorable 3 1/2-hour home finale to what turned out to be a wild regular season. Unfortunately for the Phillies, it became a little too wild. Three walks issued by relievers Rick White and Matt Smith set up a three-run Houston seventh inning that was capped by an infield single by pinch-hitter Mike Lamb that clinched a 5-4 Astros victory last night. The loss dropped the Phillies back into a tie for the wild-card lead with the idle Los Angeles Dodgers.
January 9, 2005 |
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is making the transition from young phenomenon to seasoned veteran. Once the symbol of the Phils' promising youth movement, Rollins, 26, will enter his fifth season as the team's starting shortstop. Rollins had a breakout season in 2004, batting .289 with 119 runs and 73 RBIs, all career highs. But this year, he wants to help the Phillies in another way. With his leadership. "I don't know if they need to be led, or are ready to be led, but I'm ready to be that inspiration," Rollins said.