PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hip-hop music blares from the sound system inside Jimmy Rollins’ locker after every game the Philadelphia Phillies win.
Whether he was 0 for 4 or had four hits, Rollins celebrates each victory the same way with his teammates. The former NL MVP is the heart and soul of the Phillies, and he supplies much of the swagger in a low-key clubhouse.
Lately, Rollins has done most of the hitting, too.
“He’s staying on the ball and he’s a bit more patient,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “His bat is quick.”
Since July 2, Rollins is batting .406 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 14 games. He’s raised his average 26 points in that span.
“That comes with being selective and getting good balls to hit,” Manuel said. “That shows he’s really bearing down, he’s focused more and he’s having fun playing.”
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