Jimmy Rollins Receives Standing Ovation in Return to Philly

There were hugs before the game. There was talk of text message emojis being sent between former teammates. And once again, there was that trade-marked gap-toothed smile.

Although, this time, the player owning said smile was wearing a particularly ugly shade of blue. And sitting in the visitor's dugout.

The return of Jimmy Rollins to Citizens Bank Park for the first time as a member of the visiting team was one of, if not the, most anticipated moments of the season for Phillies fans.

"At the end of the day it's just another baseball game," Rollins said before the festivities got under way.

That may be true for the Los Angeles Dodgers but for the Philadelphia Phillies faithful, this was yet another chance to look back and celebrate the Team To Beat years and honor one of the franchise's all-time greats.

To the tens of thousands of Philly fans in attendance, the outcome of the game was clearly secondary.

So it's no surprise Jimmy was greeted with a standing ovation when he came to the plate for the first time wearing Dodger blue. J-Roll tipped his cap, flashed that big smile, and the fans didn't let up, so he tipped it a second time.

It was a nice moment. Then Rollin struck out and the world turned.

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