Jimmy Rollins: Philly's Elder Statesman (Video)

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been playing baseball in Philadelphia since way back in 2000. The three-time All-Star's 12-year stint has made him the elder statesman of a team that has transitioned from mediocrity to menacing, over the course of the last decade.

This season, the Phillies will make the playoffs for the fifth straight year and are in excellent position to capture their second World Series in only four years.

The 2007 National League MVP was also front and center for the Phillies move from infamously awful Veterans Stadium to the beautifully modern and continually sold out green grass of Citizens Bank Park.

Even though the relocation only involved moving within the same sports complex, for Phillies players and fans, it may as well have been a million mile transformation.

When writers and historians look back on this era of Philadelphia baseball, Jimmy Rollins should absolutely be the first player anyone seeks out to comprehend the true before and after of the turn of the century Phillies.  J-Roll has seen it all!

Last Wednesday, after the Phillies 9-8 comeback victory against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Rollins took a couple minutes to sign autographs for some very excited Phillies fans, who were waiting near the team's charter buses.

The Oakland native came over after conducting a long conversation with a member of the Dodger Stadium staff.

Check out the original video courtesy of ifollosports.com.