After an offseason that was filled with turmoil, Jimmy Rollins is off to a hot start with the Philadelphia Phillies. The veteran shortstop has 10 hits in his last 28 at-bats and has driven in 10 runs in the nine games in which he has played. On Saturday night, Rollins hit a walk-off home run to lift the Phillies over the Miami Marlins in extra innings.
Prior to launching the homer, Rollins had apparently been hearing it from a fan in the stands at Citizens Bank Park. That’s why the 35-year-old turned around and yelled “shut the f— up” as he was trotting down the first base line.
“Some fan in the stands was popping off,” Rollins said, via Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I don’t know where he was, but it was right behind the dugout and was close enough to yell, and it [ticked] me off.
“I politely told him to shut the f— up.”
Rollins would not say what it was the fan yelled at him, just that it was a “dumb comment.” Perhaps the fan was unhappy with the way the 35-year-old handled the trade rumors surrounding him during the offseason or the comments Rollins made about spring training not being important. In any event, Jimmy got the last laugh on Saturday.
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