Scott Rolen is not the most popular man in Philadelphia. The now Hall of Fame 3rd baseman started his career in Philadelphia. But it was not a great time for the Phillies. It was in the dead time in Phillies Baseball between the 1993 run and the start of the great stretch in 2007. He eventually asked out, drawing the ire of Phillies fans for the rest of his career. It didn’t help that he went on to St Louis, and dubbed it Baseball Heaven. Rolen would be booed loudly every time he returned to Philadelphia.
But now, he will be honored as one of the Phillies’ greats. He will be one of the 3 Phillies players inducted into the Wall of Fame. The others are two posthumous additions in John Quinn and Ruly Carpenter. The ceremony ducting all 3 of them will take place on Saturday, August 12th vs the Twins during Alumni Weekend. But there is one problem. Scott Rolen will not be there.
Just like he did not play on Scott Rolen night back in his playing days here, he cannot make it to the game on August 12th. Instead, he will be honored in person Saturday, September 22nd vs the Mets. Maybe for the best? It would be a shame if Scott Rolen got booed while they were unveiling his Wall of Fame Plaque. His not being there will likely just make the fans twice as mad though leading to louder boos when he comes here in September.
Play-wise, it is well deserved. He is likely the 2nd best 3rd Baseman in Phillie history. Though there is a very large gap between him and number 1, Mike Schmidt. But given his history here, and how it all ended, it will likely have fans feeling some type of way. Has enough time passed to forgive and forget? Or are Phillies fans still upset that he forced his way out of town? I guess we will find out on both August 12th, and then on September 22nd when he actually shows his face in Philly.
Chances are, there are still some bad feelings. And Scott Rolen missing the actual Wall of Fame game won’t make those feelings any better. Even if it turns out he has a very good reason for not being able to make it.