Rollins signs for fans at this years ALS Phestival
Jimmy Rollins passed a milestone last night with his appearance in his 1,731st game starting at shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies. He now has passed Larry Bowa for the record at most games played at that position. Bowa held the title for many years as his stint of 12 years at the shortstop position from 1970 to 1981.
If you grew up in the 70's and into the early 80's you know what Bowa meant to the Phillies, he was always playing shortstop and always fiery and full of passion. I can think of only one other player that showed his on field enthusiasm more and that was Pete Rose when he played for the Phillies for 5 years from 1979 to 1983.In 1982 at 41 years old, Pete Rose played in 162 games for the Phillies, now that's what I call dedication.
Rollins said the record didn't mean that much to him, in a article with the Philadelphia Inquirer printed yesterday. I think it probably means more to him, it just hasn't sunk in yet. Jimmy Rollins will probably end up being number 2 on the Phillies all-time list of players with most games played. He has a while to go to catch Mike Schmidt at 2,212. His next player that he'll pass will be the great Richie Ashburn who has 1,785 games played in the outfield position as a Phillie in his career with the team.
Rollins also spoke of wanting to hit 3,000 hits in his career someday as written here in the Zo Zone by Todd Zolecki, he has a way to go before something like that, but for now, Jimmy has the record at most games at shortstop for the Phillies.
Rollins has worn 3 numbers while playing for the Phillies so far in his career, when he came up to the bigs in 2000, he wore 29, but the next year he kept the number that he's worn the most, 11. In 2003, he briefly switched to the number 6 jersey but only for that season. Ryan Howard of course is now most famous for wearing that number with the Phils over the past few years now. Here is Jimmy's career number with the Phillies, including last night's game. The Phillies won the game last night on Jimmy Rollins home run, it was the only run of the game.