Now that Philadelphia's Twitter world has had an hour or so to digest — and tweet about — the news of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins' trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, let's take a look at some of the initial reaction to the end-of-an-era trade.
Here's a sampling from across the city and beyond:
Former Phillies teammate Shane Victorino now with the Red Sox lent a heart-warming photo:
One of the city's best-known absurdist sports tweeters used the trade news as a chance to reminisce:
A man with whom Rollins will one day share the city's sports pantheon, former Phillies reliever Mitch Williams, said he will remember Rollins' time in Philly as much for his off-field friendliness as the on-field grit:
Then, of course, there are some fans who didn't take trading away a former MVP and World Series champion lightly:
Local writer and cultural critic Dan McQuade took the often under-utilized path of optimism, dreaming of a future where the Phillies make a sudden return to prominence next season: