Many years ago I took a graduate seminar with the most famous photographic historian in the world. That statement isn't an exaggeration.
When I finished my degree I returned to the East Coast and landed in Boston. There I met a number of photographers and historians who asked me about my background. When I mentioned this historian and my admiration for him I was often taken aback when told, "Photography left him behind in the '50's!" My reply was always the same: "I'd rather judge someone for what he accomplished, not what he didn't accomplish."
I feel the same way about Jimmy Rollins.
Yesterday J-Roll tied Mike Schmidt for the franchise record of total hits. As early as this afternoon, Jimmy could be in sole possession of the record. Along the way Jimmy has earned an MVP, four gold gloves and the admiration of his peers. He is one of the best all-around shortstops ever to play this game. He has over 400 stolen bases and over 200 home runs. His range is impressive, his hands sure and his arm strong.
J-Roll has also endured the wrath of fans who lament his failure to draw enough bases on balls, hit the ball on the ground more and in essence perform like the lead-off man he has been most of his career.
For my part, I'd rather judge him for what he accomplished.