Prior to playing his first game at Citizens Bank Park as a visitor, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins said he hadn’t given much thought to his return to Philadelphia. Instead, Rollins was focused on the game at hand and helping the Dodgers add to their modest four-game winning streak.
Rollins received a warm reception when he took the field to stretch and fans flocked to where he signed autographs before first pitch. Once play began and Rollins made his way to the batter’s box, the usually combative Philadelphia crowd greeted him with a warm standing ovation.
Although the Dodgers came up short against the Phillies who improved to 13-3 since the All-Star break, Rollins spoke fondly of the reception he received from the crowd that once backed him for 15 seasons, via Kevin Baxter of LA Times:
It was cool,” said Rollins, who stepped away from the plate twice and waved his helmet to the fans. “And it went longer than I thought. It was a great moment.”
The Phillies also played a tribute on the video board in left field with a “WELCOME BACK JIMMY” message splashed across. Rollins finished the game 2-for-5 with a double, improving to 7-for-20 over five games against the Phillies this season.