Best Philadelphians: Jimmy Rollins

Best Philadelphians: Jimmy Rollins, Phillies

Jimmy Rollins
Why do we love Jimmy Rollins? Because we always love a winner, and the man is a flat-out champ, no matter what the standings say. We love him, too, because of the way he plays—tough, hard, but like it’s fun. And of course we love him because he married a Philly girl, and because he chose to stay when he could have left.

But mostly we love Jimmy Rollins because he’s been unafraid to call us, the big bad nasty fans of Philadelphia, on our crap. “You get to a point where you’ve lived here long enough and understand the city well enough that you feel brave enough to say how you feel,” he says. Like the time he dubbed us all a bunch of front runners. Or the time after a playoff loss when he said that fans at the ballpark were “waay too quiet.”

Do we like this? Of course not. But from Jimmy, we’ll take it. Maybe that’s what we should be most thankful to him for—for reminding us that real love isn’t easy, for caring enough to boo us back, for giving Philadelphians something we’ve never really had: a grown-up relationship with a professional athlete. —Tom McGrath

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  • Brent Keperling

    Hold the phone, Tom McGrath. Which Phillies fans have you been speaking to?! You must not have been polling any season ticket holding Phillies fan that I know, including myself. In addition, you obviously have not been watching Phillies baseball over the past year and a half.

    First, I am not OK with J Roll running his mouth which he’s done multiple times. Here is why: when we all do a terrible job at work, we hear about it. So when Jimmy and the team’s game goes on a prolonged slump, they will hear about it. Deal with it; if you don;t like it there are plenty of other non-multimillion dollar paying jobs out there. He should take a lesson from Pat Burrell in that if you are not playing well offensively, suck it up and focus on yourself. PB never lashed out at fans (or at least not that I can think of) when he was not producing.

    Philadelphia sports fans have a reputation for being tough on their players. It comes with just cause as we hold our players accountable when they don’t play and heavily reward them with praise and endearment when they do. It would be wise of Jimmy and all athletes to remember that it is the fan who ultimately pays their salary.

    In sum, I am truly OK with an article on J Roll; I only ask that you get an accurate assessment of what the true Phillies fans think before publishing an assumption.