After Friday night’s heartbreaking loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, both Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins declined to speak to the media leaving Ryan Howard to do most of the talking once he changed out of his uniform for the last time in 2011. Rollins declared he would speak out on Tuesday instead.
Almost without missing a beat, Victorino took the more modern route of reflecting on the Phillies season via his Twitter account, from thanking the fans for their continued support to wishing Howard well after he ruptured his Achilles tendon in his last at bat of the year.
Rollins, on the other hand, waited until Sunday afternoon to make a peep about anything Phillies.
He shared the message “Thanks to all the Phillies Nation that helped to make 2011 such a wonderful experience to be a part of! I love you all.” on both his Facebook fan page and Twitter account. The response was overwhelmingly positive; fans asked him to consider signing on with the Phillies for the next leg of his carrier and thanked him for his contributions in the division series.
As far as what comes next? Well that’s all going to be a matter of hearsay and speculation until the ink is dried on whatever contract free-agent-to-be Rollins winds up signing next, be it with the team he’s grown with in Philly or with a team in need of a short stop closer to the town he grew up in such as the Giants.
J-Roll has played 12 seasons with the Phillies receiving multiple bids to the All-Star Game, Gold Glove awards, and winning an MVP in 2007. He batted .268/.338/.399 in 2011, and led the team in the 2011 NLDS batting .450/.476/.650 along with Chase Utley (.438/.571/.688).