THE HOLLYWOOD script would read this way, of course:
In the town where Jackie Robinson endured perhaps the worst of hates, the Phillies player who most admired the Negro Leagues - the Phillie who most willingly embraces his black heritage, the Phillie who, 60 years after blacks gained entrance, leads the team with his words and his actions - has a night to remember on a night of remembrance.
Jimmy Rollins brought that script to life in last night's 11-4 win over the Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park.
He wore No. 42, like all the players did on both teams in their tribute to Robinson, delayed 8 days by a rainout.
He did Robinson's retired number proud: four hits, a double shy of the cycle, four runs and two RBI.
"It definitely makes you feel good," Rollins said, after a leisurely period of reflection and digestion. "To be able to do something special."
The most special aspect: winning a third straight game and a second series.
"The biggest thing was getting the win," Rollins said. "Jackie was a winning player."
He was also a large part of what sparked the Dodgers - just like Rollins last night, and so far this season.
Rollins led off with a homer in the first inning, his seventh of the season, most in the National League. He drove in a run with a triple and scored in the second. He led off the fourth with a single and scored the go-ahead run in an inning that ended with the Phillies up, 7-4.
He also singled to start a two-out, four-run rally in the seventh.
Chase Utley capped that rally with perhaps the longest homer in the short history of Citizens Bank Park.
Utley's two-run shot off Dave Borkowski hit the top of the center portion of the batter's eye, a wall several feet deeper than the wall Ryan Howard cleared exactly 1 year before.
That one was announced at 496 feet (it has been amended to 469). Officially, Utley's went 460.
The Phillies were still playing loose after Charlie Manuel's Stuart Smalley "Daily Affirmations" team meeting Saturday. They collected 20 hits, the most since Sept. 2. They went 7-for-17 with runners in scoring position, raising their average to a whopping . . . .220.
"We hit with runners in scoring position," said Aaron Rowand, 1-for-2 in that situation. "That's what we've been doing better."
They did it mainly against callow Astros starter Chris Sampson (2-1), who had given up a total of 35 hits in his previous 15 major league games but surrendered a career-high 14 in four innings.
Every Phillies starter got a hit, even pitcher Adam Eaton. Rollins had his four, while Pat Burrell, Shane Victorino and Wes Helms had three apiece. Astros reliever Rick White dealt two scoreless innings before the Phils jumped on Borkowski.
Eaton (2-1) needed the boost.
He lasted six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, including two homers. Geoff Geary, Ryan Madson and Francisco Rosario logged a scoreless inning apiece to preserve the win.
The Phillies, now 7-11, also won their second series of the season. They split the first two games.
Winning, as Rollins said, meant the most. But to see a young, upstanding black man star on the night that paid tribute to the young, upstanding black man whose trials made last night possible?
Said 48-year-old hitting coach Milt Thompson, who endured racism as a minor leaguer: "It's a happy thing."