Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley will throw out the first pitch for Game 4 of the World Series tonight at Citizens Bank Park
Earlier this week, Jimmy Rollins was on 94.1 WIP and let the city of Philadelphia know that he would be throwing out the first pitch for Game 4 of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park. It was announced this morning that his teammate, Chase Utley will be joining him for the first pitch tonight.
The Phillies’ magical playoff run has been highlighted by many 2008 and 2009 legends, who were all in attendance last night for Game 3 at The Bank.
Jimmy Rollins was a career .267/.327/.424 hitter in Philadelphia. The legendary shortstop tallied over 9,500 at-bats in Philadelphia, with 216 HRs, 887 RBIs, 470 stolen bases, and a career OPS of .751. J-Roll’s name was on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2022, finishing with 9.4% of the votes, passing the requirement of 5% to keep him on the ballot for 2023. Rollins, along with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, formed one of the best infield trios Major League Baseball has ever seen.
Rollins will go down as the greatest shortstop in Phillies history and one of the best infielders I’ve ever witnessed on the diamond. Jimmy had many big hits for the Phillies over the years, including a walk-off double in the bottom of the 9th of the 2009 NLCS.
Jimmy Rollins Walks it Off in the 2009 NLCS
Chase Utley’s Phillies Career
The 6x All-Star, 4x Silver Slugger, and World Series Champion had a fascinating career in Philadelphia. Utley and Rollins formed one of the best middle-infield duos I’ve ever seen. The two turned hundreds of double plays over their career, and along with Ryan Howard, completed the “Big 3” of the 2008 championship team.
Utley played 159 games in 2008, slashing .292/.380/.535. He cracked 33 HRs and 104 RBIs throughout the ’08 season, tallying 177 hits, the second most hits of his career in one season. Chase Utley posted a career .282 average in 13 years with the Phillies, cracking over 200 HRs and 900 RBIs.