Looking Back on J-Roll's "Hammer Time"

By Michelle Provencher
|  Monday, Apr 6, 2009  |  Updated 9:30 AM EDT
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Before he was a Phillie J-Roll was a music video extra.

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Who knew Jimmy Rollins could act?

The Phillies' star shortstop appeared in music videos for MC Hammer and Mavis Staples in the late 80's and early 90's, according to a Sports Illustrated article.

"MC Hammer is from Oakland, and when I was about 13, he had an open casting call. My brother and I were picked to be in one of his videos. We were in a graveyard scene. But there was no dancing involved. You don't want to dance next to Hammer. Then my sophomore year in high school I was in a Mavis Staples video called 'The Voice.' I played a little thug on the street corner selling drugs. Then I shot somebody and jumped a fence. It was fun. I wouldn't say I'm retired, just that my acting career is temporarily suspended," Rollins said to SI.

Rollins also makes note of his 15-minutes of music video fame on his Official Web site.

He appears to show up around 3:35 in the Hammer video for "Addams Family Groove," and at 1:05 in Mavis Staples' video. Can you find him?

MC Hammer's "Addams Family Groove"

 

Mavis Staples' "The Voice"

 

As if MC Hammer and his back-up dancers' outfits aren't hilarious enough, check out the lyrics for another good laugh. 


 

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