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O’Dowd still in charge…


The Rockies announced earlier today that general manager Dan O’Dowd will be shifting some if his duties to his asst general manager Bill Geivett. Geivett will be handling the day to day operations of the Rockies and O’Dowd will focus on the minor league side and player development. And since the announcement social media has been on fire about the Rockies ownership, the Monforts and management and their lack of ability to do anything right, even firing O’Dowd.

How does a general manager let alone any employee with a work record that O’Dowd has, still manage to keep his job? The Rockies are a bunch of idiots to think the fans cant see the blind loyalty the Monforts, O’Dowd, Apodaca and Tracy have for one another. I’ve said all along that the Monforts and O’Dowd are each sleeping in the same bed with one another and as long as it remains that way, nothing will ever change for this organization and the team is concerned and they will continue to laugh all the way to the bank.

They’re all businessmen and right now business is good despite the second worst record in baseball this season. They’re averaging anywhere from 32-35 thousand fans (though most of them delusional and arent really baseball fans) every night. For example, the Rockies during the most recent series with the Reds averaged 36824 over the 3 game series, with Saturday night having an attendance figure of 42826.

All and all what this “shifting of responsibilities” is a smokescreen and basically means nothing. O’Dowd is still in charge as Geivett still will have to answer to his boss(O’Dowd) and despite Dan “focusing” on the minors and player development(which he is terrible at), he is still in charge of player acquisitions, etc. So spin it how you want Rockies ownership, this fan and a few others that I know and have spoken to arent buying it.

The Monforts arent selling the team and O’Dowd and company dont have the balls to look themselves in the mirror resign their positions. Why should they? Where else can you make money and not have to do anything, but pretend you’re building a ballclub for a fanbase that is made up of many who only attend games for the social aspect anyway and dont care about the club and dont even know what the score is at any point during a game. The hardcore baseball fans at 20th & Blake deserve better. Hell even the players deserve better!

Until that day comes, expect nothing more than the same old tired story year after year at Coors Field.

Oh and while we’re at it, can we get rid of ROOT Sports broadcast team with the exception of Marc Stout and Joel Klatt? The rest are tired and a joke to the broadcasting industry. The fans deserve better here as well.


Rockies take series against Dodgers, get rare Sunday home win…


The Rockies win streak ended Saturday at 5 games and if you have been following the Rockies for any recent amount of time then you know the Rockies and Sunday victories at Coors Field come very few and too far in between. The Rockies last win at home was September 11, 2011, a 4-1 win against the Reds. The last Sunday home win against an NL West opponent prior to today was against the Dodgers back on August 21st of the same season.

Today’s 2-1 win over the division leading Dodgers showed us a couple of things today. Alex White’s best start of the season, with a 6.2 outing, allowing just 2 hits and 2 runs. The Rockies were able to hold on and win a close game with a superb showing by the bullpen(Brothers, Belisle, Betancourt), allowing only 1 hit over the final 2.1 innings. Betancourt recording his 10th save on the season.

The Rockies head to Phoenix for a short 3 game roadtrip against the D’backs looking to make improve their awful 8-15 road record. Monday’s probables are Christian Friedrich(3-1, 5.59) for the Rox and Joe Saunders(3-3, 3.61) for the D’backs.


Rockies extend win streak to 4, Tulo gets 15…


Who knew the Rox had it in them? Completing a sweep of the hapless, soon to be American League Astros, a team which committed 7 errors during the 4 game series with the Rockies, when their overall poor play throughout the series made those 7 errors seem like an understatement in reality.

So with no Tulowitzki in the lineup the Rockies were able to continue their hot hitting. The Rockies placed the shortstop on the 15 day DL after he was initially listed as day to day earlier on Thursday. The Rockies cranked out 11 runs on 15 hits on their way to their longest win streak of the season currently at 4. Carlos Gonzalez again led the way with a 3 run shot in the first inning, his 4th consecutive homerun in as many at-bats. The Rockies 5 run first inning and 4 run second inning knocked out Astros then 5-1 starter Bud Norris from the game after 1.2 innings. The Rockies 2-4 hitters, Scutaro, Gonzalez and Cuddyer went 8 for 13, accounting for 7 runs. Third baseman Jordan Pacheco who has been impressive so far this season went 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs from the 7th spot in the lineup. Pacheco is currently batting .304 through 27 games.

The Rockies continue the homestand with a 3 game series against the suddenly again Kemp-less Dodgers who looks to be out at least a month. The Dodgers were 9-5 during the time Kemp was just on the DL previously, so they know how to win. I just dont believe they will be able to maintain that level of productivity over the next month or so.

The Rockies are 2-1 against the Dodgers at Coors Field and 2-4 overall for the season. Probables for tonight’s game – Josh Outman(0-1, 9.64) for the Rockies versus Chris Capuano(7-1, 2.14)


2012 season opener Rockies @ Astros preview…


With some certainty Astros fans have little to look forward to this season, except the end of the season. 2013 the Astros move to the American League which gives them a new, fresher start, if you will. There’s little talent on the Astros roster, so Astros fans shouldnt expect them to surprise anyone in the division, let alone the National League. This years Astros are not last seasons D’backs, and if you followed this blog for any length of time you know I despise the D’backs(as well as almost everything Arizona), so for me to get them the slightest bit of credit, means I must not be feeling well.

With the same amount if not greater certainty Rockies fans arent sure what to expect from this team for the 2012 season. Part of that is that the NL West is still anybody’s game, despite the Giants and D’backs seemingly to be the favorites by the media. Sure, there were moves were made this offseason. Gone are Iannetta(thank God!), Cook, Street, Smith, Stewart, Hammel, Spilborghs and others. In are Cuddyer, Scutaro, Hernandez, Moyer, Guthrie, etc. Is this team on paper better than last season’s team? I believe they are, but not that much better to win the NL West. Pitching of course being the unknown factor.

The Rockies should take 2 out of 3 in the series as I’m giving the Astros game 1 since it is their home opener. God I hope I’m wrong and the Rox sweep! It would be a great way to come into the home opener at Coors Field on April 9th.


Giambi walk off HR leaves Marlins reeling…


In a season where Lodo Magic has been in short supply, Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gonzalez and Jason Giambi each gave the team a boost of it Monday night at Coors Field. Just when you figured the Rockies were abiding by the usual endlessly season script of “coming close but not close enough to win” or the other script of “not taking care of business at home”, the Rockies found away to finally come out on top in the end, for what has only been it seems a handful of times this season.

There was an emotional lift from this team that we usually dont see from the Rockies throughout a season. Honestly something I would like to see more of. EY Jr’s emotions after being called out on a close play at first base late in the game for example. I think if the fans saw more emotion like that from this team then they could more easily get behind them and not feel like the players are just up there going through the motions.

It was an exciting finish to a ballgame that got no love on Sports Center last night. Which all belonged to Jim Thome reaching career homerun #600. Congrats to Thome for reaching that milestone.

Now if only the Rockies can build off last night’s win and have a winning homestand, things possibly could begin to look more interesting in the NL West. The Giants as of late are struggling winning 4 of their last 10, while the D’backs have won 7 of their last 10, including 6 in a row. I’m not saying we can catch the D’backs, but a really good record at Coors Field over these next 8 games, can become a start. And with the Marlins, Dodgers and Astros in town this week, the underachieving Rockies can do it if they want to.

For the Miami Herald’s take on the Marlins loss last night from Herald writer Clark Spencer. Click here.


5 things wrong with watching games at Coors Field…


1. Dinger – Nevermind that he is a senseless excuse for a mascot, much less anything else. But watching him behind homeplate in the latter innings of a game is just dumb altogether and makes Coors Field and the Rockies seem a bit like a minor league team. Even a couple of San Francisco Giants blogs have articles on him from a few months back.

http://www.sflunaticfringe.com/tag/dinger/

http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2011/4/19/2118618/on-a-certain-mascot

Now we all know Giants fans can be a bit whiny at times. But I’m sure Giants fans arent the only teams aside from a majority of Rockies fans who would like to see this dinosaur become extinct.

2. The Camarena Macarena inning. This poor attempt to try and sell tequila with a dance that should have been banned before it was even thought of happens I believe before the start of 8th inning. The Macarena song is played while the camera pans the crowd looking for dancing fools doing this pathetic excuse for a dance. Warning! Men if you’re caught doing this dance on the jumbotron, dont even think of asking for your man-card back. It will be permanently revoked on the spot! Here is a recent Tweet from someone attending a game at Coors Field. Again, another minor-league offering from a major league team. Leave the antics to those in the minors.

http://twitter.com/#!/will_e_777/status/74313343652986880

3. The “Hey Baby! I Wanna Know If You’ll Be My Girl” 7th inning stretch. Honestly dont let anyone tell you any differently. This is the Rockies attempt to be like our bigger brothers of the American League East, the Boston Red Sox. The playing of “Sweet Caroline” has become a tradition at Fenway Park over the years and somehow the Rockies felt the need to create their own tradition. I dont blame them for trying, but “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is enough for me.

4. The 25 minute infomercial prior to the actual start of the game. This is what probably irks me more than anything at Coors Field, but dont quote me on it. The Rockies PA announcer begins his spill about the “World’s Finest Ballpark, Coors Field” and then follows through with other announcements and promos and somewhere in there the National Anthem is thrown in there(sometimes horribly). The biggest problem for me is that after the National Anthem is over, there is still about 10-15 minutes before the actual start of the game. Here’s an idea. Introduce the lineups, let the players take the field, then do the National Anthem, throw out the honorary first pitch, and let start the game. To me when I hear the National Anthem, I am ready for the start of the game, not having to wait another 10 minutes.

5. Did I mention Dinger? 

Dont worry folks, I will do a post of the 5 things right about watching games at Coors Field in the next day or two.


Tigers(38-31) @ Rockies(33-35) Preview…


Former Rockies manager Jim Leyland and the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers invade Coors Field this weekend for a 3 game interleague series. The Rockies have a bit of momentum on a 2 game win streak and a 2 games to 1 series win over the San Diego Padres. On the other side, the Tigers are a game ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central, thanks to the Indians recent 3-7 slide in their last 10 games, while the Tigers went 6-4.

The Rockies come into this series with an 11-7 record against the Tigers overall, 7-2 at Coors Field. The Tigers last appearance in Denver was in 2005.

HOT LIST – Miguel Cabrera(1B/Tigers) 4 for 9 with 2 RBIs and 2 walks in his last 3 games. Brennan Boesch(LF/Tigers) 5 for 11 in last 3 games, with a home run and 2 RBIs. Charlie Blackmon(OF/Rockies) 7 for 12 in his last 3 games, including 3 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.

NOT LIST – Austin Jackson(CF/Tigers) 2 for 12 in last 3 games. Magglio Ordonez(RF/Tigers) 1 for 8 in June, though he’s only played in 3 games this month. Jhonny Peralta(SS/Tigers) 8 for 40 in his last 10 games, including 12 strikeouts. Chris Iannetta(C/Rockies) 5 for 28 in his last 10 games, with 10 strikeouts.