Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Rollins' GWHR Makes Top Ten Opening Day Moments

"Jimmy Rollins might be only 5' 8", but he has hit as many as 30 home runs in his career, back in 2007....he can hit 'em out: a little guy, with the power of a big man." --Vin Scully

As picked by mlb.com columnist Phil "Not Steven" Rogers:

Welcome to town, Mr. Rollins

Rollins' three-run homer in his LA debut gave the Dodgers a 6-3 victory over the Padres. It came in the eighth inning, after a double by another newcomer, Howie Kendrick, had tied the score and taken away a potential save opportunity from new Padre Craig Kimbrel. New Dodgers reliever Joel Peralta took the victory, saved by another of his former teammates from Tampa Bay, Chris Hatcher, as the Dodgers raised their record to 5-0 in Opening Day starts by Clayton Kershaw, who had been in line for a loss before the late dramatics.

More, from an "Amazing Opening Day Facts" piece (also MLB.com):

• Shortstop Jimmy Rollins hit a crucial go-ahead, three-run home run to help lead the Dodgers to a 6-3 win in his club debut. It was the fourth career Opening Day homer for Rollins, making him the only player since at least 1900 to hit at least four Opening Day homers as a shortstop. Rollins began his career 0-for-17 in Opening Day games from 2000-04 before going 17-for-47 (.362) with four homers and 12 RBIs in 11 season-opening games since.