GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jimmy Rollins savors a bite of bacon at his locker, then steals a quick glimpse at the bright blue No. 11 uniform hanging behind him. It's before 8 a.m. in the desert and the veteran shortstop becomes a bit poetic about it all, the cross-country move back to his home state of California, going from wearing bright red in Philadelphia to a more subdued Dodger blue.
"Same face, new place," Rollins quipped Friday morning with that warm, familiar grin. "Obviously, I'm very familiar with the uniform growing up in California, so it's not foreign to me. The numbers are much smaller. Red is so vibrant and out there that you don't have to look to see red. Blue is so subtle and softer on the eye that I don't really see the colors. It goes back to being familiar with the uniform, seeing it so often."
The Dodgers dealt for Rollins in December and will be receiving $1 million from the Phillies to cover part of his $11 million salary this season. He's only a couple of days into spring training work at Camelback Ranch, still becoming acquainted with teammates and coaches and routines.