Rollins, the Phillies all-time hits leader, signed with the Giants in the offseason
After the Los Angeles Dodgers no longer wanted to play Jimmy Rollins at shortstop every day, the Phillies all-time hits leader took his talents to Chicago. Unfortunately, he went on the wrong side of town and joined the White Sox.
One year later, Rollins opened up about his short, yet rocky tenure with the White Sox. Everything started with the Adam LaRoche saga, which sent the clubhouse into “disarray.”
LaRoche was told by members of the front office that his teenage son, who befriended several White Sox players, was no longer welcome in the clubhouse. The veteran first baseman abruptly retired in protest and has not returned to the game since.
While admitting he hated the Giants as a kid growing up in Oakland Rollins is appreciative of the opportunity as a 38-year-old shortstop. He also said he regrets not taking the Giants contract offer last year over Chicago.
After the White Sox released Rollins early into last season it appeared J-Roll was done and headed towards the television set. Despite San Francisco having an everyday shortstop Rollins will compete for a bench role and the chance to win one more World Series.
“Trust me, I’ll be ready,” Rollins said. “I’ve always had that confidence and belief in myself, and that will never change until I just can’t do it anymore. And even then, I’ll probably still think I can.”
If there’s one thing we know Jimmy doesn’t lack, it’s confidence.