Jimmy Rollins has been the face of the Philadelphia Phillies for a long time–and he knows it. Rollins is on his way to LA to help the Dodgers contend for a title, but he’ll miss Philly and he put his money and words where his heart is: Rollins took out a full-page ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer to say goodbye.
After 2,306 hits, 216 home runs, 887 RBIs and 453 stolen bases in “18 years as a Phillie,” Rollins is one of the great Phillies of all time. He won the league MVP in 2007 and he’ll take a World Series ring with him to LA from the Phillies 2009 championship. “I’ve spent nearly half of my life growing up in front of all of you. We’ve shared a lot of great memories that I’ll cherish forever,” Rollins writes to the fans. And “to my teammates, you guys are family and always will be. There have been many to come and go over the years and I’ve enjoyed taking the field with each and every one of you. Chase, Hollywood, Chooch, Big Piece … brothers for life.” With his letter Rollins said a classy goodbye that even the ficklest of Philly fans should not their heads reading. It was their time, too, after all.
— Inquirer Sports (@InkySportsPage) December 19, 2014