Phillies share Jimmy Rollins-narrated Opening Day hype video

Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /

Phillies legend Jimmy Rollins narrates the team’s 2020 Opening Day hype video

Seven months ago, no one could have predicted what the world would suffer through in 2020. Not even Philadelphia Phillies all-time hits leader Jimmy Rollins, who during the team’s postseason run in the late 2000s and early 2010s was known for making predictions. The most popular: “I think we are the team to beat in the NL East.”

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Instead of Opening Day for the Phillies being March 26, it is now here, on July 24. The team released a hype video Friday morning on social media, which features Rollins as its narrator.

“I’m no fortune teller. I have no crystal ball. And I certainly didn’t predict this,” Rollins said in the video. “I just know potential when I see it. We’ve had our patience tested before and lived to tell the tale, from a 97-year standoff with Father Time, to a 48-hour street fight with mother nature. But no one saw this coming.”

The Phillies have their fare share of experience having to wait for highly anticipated moments. As Rollins referenced, Game 5 of the 2008 World Series was split into two parts due to torrential rain.

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“A whole quarter of a year stuck in the house. A whole marathon squeezed into a sprint. Zero to 60 in two months flat,” the former shortstop continued in the hype video. “We’re all under a lot of pressure, so, naturally, this diamond is going to shine bright. And trust me, in my humble, but historically accurate opinion, this one will be worth the wait.”

“There will be bat-flipping, hair-tossing, and bell-ringing to last night after night,” Rollins said. “In Philly, we turn lost time into go time.”

“Mark my words.”

Aaron Nola will lead the Phillies in the first of the 60-game sprint opposite Sandy Alcantara and the Miami Marlins. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Play ball!