02
Aug
07

You can’t touch J-Roll

Jimmy RollinsNot sure if you’ve ever perused Jimmy Rollins personal Web site.

Chances are, probably not.

Anyway, it contains your basic athlete Web site material – photos, a bio (written in the third person), charitable foundations and…a MC Hammer reference?

Yep, according to his personal Web site, J-Roll appeared in music videos of Hammer and Mavis Staples in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

You may have heard about this in an SI piece earlier, but I still can’t get over it.

I guess it’s what I look for in my baseball players.

MC Hammer is from Oakland, and when I was about 13, he had an open casting call. My brother and I were picked to be in one of his videos. We were in a graveyard scene. But there was no dancing involved. You don’t want to dance next to Hammer. Then my sophomore year in high school I was in a Mavis Staples video called The Voice. I played a little thug on the street corner selling drugs. Then I shot somebody and jumped a fence. It was fun. I wouldn’t say I’m retired, just that my acting career is temporarily suspended.

Coming out with the short straw in this particular bio is Rollins’ brother, Antwon, who is the least important thing in the short piece, just below J-Roll meeting MC:

Growing up in Oakland, Jimmy got the chance to meet fellow Oakland native, and former rap artist MC Hammer and he appeared in several videos of Hammer’s and Mavis Staples’ in the late 80s and early 90s. Jimmy’s younger brother Antwon has spent time in the Rangers farm system.

No love for Antwon.

Luckily, no sign of Jimmy here. Or here.

I’m sensing a new home run dance.

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