I remember talking with former Phillies general manager Ed Wade in Clearwater, Fla., during spring training 2005 about their chances to sign Jimmy Rollins to a contract extension.
Wade must have felt pretty optimistic about their chances because he talked openly it, and why they wanted to do it. But I specificially remember Wade saying one of the biggest reasons he wanted to sign Rollins to an extension is because Rollins is a red-light player, meaning he always seems to come up big in the big games. He seems to thrive in moments like that. Moments like last night. Rollins came up big in a 7-4 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park.
He knew everybody would be watching him in his first game back from the DL. He also had family in town as Rollins grew up across the Bay in Alameda.
So what did Rollins do?
He went 3 for 5 with a double, home run and three RBIs.
"Yeah, ankle's broken," Rollins joked afterward.
Charlie Manuel seemed downright giddy afterward in his office.
"I'm happy that we got everybody back now," he said. "I think we're going to play better. I think we're going to go get the East."
Righthander Kris Benson is throwing a bullpen today in Clearwater, Fla.