Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has made a name for himself in Major League Baseball. He has a World Series to his name in addition to National League MVP honors, among other accomplishments. But let's not forget where Rollins came from.
Rollins grew up in Alameda, right outside of Oakland and in prime position of both the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A's. In a recent Tweet, Rollins revealed a picture of a much younger Rollins dressed in a Giants uniform.
The young Rollins could never have known that his career would take him across the United States to Philadelphia. The young Rollins also couldn't have known just how successful his career would turn out to be, with 12 seasons in the books and several more still to come.
Perhaps more surprising than either of those observations is the Giants- and not A's- team jersey that Rollins sports in the picture. According to a profile about Rollins from 2001 by the San Francisco Gate, Rollins used to attend Oakland A's games predominantly with his father, James. Some articles, such as this one by YardBarker, have linked Rollins' childhood team with a potential return to Oakland.
All that's left now, in 2011, is perspective for the current Rollins. One can only imagine that Rollins takes pause and smiles when he sees the picture, remembering the moments and emotions that filled his journey from humble beginnings in Alameda to baseball stardom.