If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time then you have obviously noticed that there hasnt been a blogpost since last Oct. Well there is good reason for that. Since the announcing of the hiring of Walt Weiss as manager of the Rockies I right then and there decided it was time to emotionally detach myself from this team. So that’s what I’ve done. No postings, no photos, no following the team online, watching the games on ROOT Sports, etc. I’ve even went as far as to unfollow players on Twitter and unlike players and the team on facebook, even the players I like the most like Carlos Gonzalez, Rafael Betancourt and Dexter Fowler.
I have nothing against Walt Weiss, but we all know that his hiring back in the fall was a joke if you ever saw one from any professional sports organization. A string of them from 20th & Blake come almost as often as a marijuana dispensary opening in Denver on any given day. I do admit that a number of the players I still do care about, Gonzalez, Fowler, Cuddyer, Betancourt and from the bleachers I in my heart hope they will play well day in and day out and that they have a great deal of success. So I’m still connected to the team in those aspects, but still not emotionally and to tell you the truth not being connected emotionally has brought me great relief. I dont worry about the score of the games, The losing streaks dont bother me as they once did, stupid moves by the front office dont even register because I’ve known what to expect and not to expect out of this team and organization from previous seasons. Ask me on any given day who’s pitching and I cant even begin to tell you. I dont even know the order of the rotation! The last thing I can tell you is that Francis is pitching from the bullpen now(scary thought) and Betancourt is on the DL. I dont lose sleep over watching the games stupidest mascot run up and down the stands or as he sits behind home plate in the 9th inning, which by the way should be outlawed by the league for all teams, but especially for Dinger. My wallet has gotten a little heavier as well this season for once. No more $9 beers, disgusting Rockie dogs, undercooked pizzas, overpriced tickets and the like. I dont even celebrate when the Rockies do win, it is what it is basically.
Call it what you want, call me a fair weather fan if you like, but even those who sailed on the Titanic knew when it was time to jump ship. The Rockies have hit the iceberg the hull is cracked and the ship is certainly taking on water heavily. Now I’m in no way comparing the Rockies to the Titanic at all. The Titanic was built as a great spectacle a great wonder mind you. The Rockies on the other hand were built as a great source of revenue for those who own a share in the team, nothing more, but you get the picture either way.
Will I write again in the future? Probably so, but the more that I’ve stayed away from being emotionally attached the better I feel to be honest. I dont feel stressed and even my doctor says that my blood pressure and cholesterol have both gone down. OK that part is a lie, first of all I dont have a doctor and second I dont like doctors, well most of them anyway. So to write again and follow the Rockies could be in the cards for next season. I do love to write! But maybe from a different persepctive, one I havent figured out just yet. But there is the chance that I decide to shut down Inside the Humidor all together and wash my hands of the Rockies completely and the stress of staying up late at night and getting up early in the morning to get my side of the story out there about the Rockies and their ways or winning or losing on and off the field. Who knows what path I will take? Guess you’ll have to stayed tuned and find out.
First installment of a long overdue series, Inside the Humidor will take a look at past Colorado Rockies players that made an impact on the team, organization as well as the community. The obvious choice to start this off would of course be Don Baylor, but the Rockies website did an excellent piece on Baylor a few days ago, so I have decided to go elsewhere. So not only are we celebrating Black History Month by profiling some of the Rockies great African American players, we are also celebrating Rockies history and Colorado history at the same time. So join me in remembering some great players in Colorado Rockies history. To kick off this first installment I chose Eric Young Sr.
Eric Young affectionately known by the fans and media as E.Y., enjoyed a 15 year career in the majors. He spent 5 of those seasons with the Colorado Rockies(1993-1997). E.Y. was selected by the Rockies in the expansion draft of 1992 (11th pick) from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
E.Y. batted .295, 30, 227 in his five seasons with the Rockies, while drawing 254 walks and stealing 180 bases. 1996 saw Young having his best season not just as a Rockie, but of his career, stealing 53 bases and batting .324 with 74 RBIs and winning a Silver Slugger award and making the all-star team.
Eric Young will forever be remembered by Rockies fans as hitting the first ever homerun at then Mile High Stadium(1993) leading off the bottom of the first inning, in the teams first Major League home opener.
E.Y. retired in 2006 as a Colorado Rockie and is currently on the coaching staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks, for which we will forgive him.
Second part of the series will be up within a few days. Suggestions on who you would like to see?
Heeeerrrrrreeeeee are your Grand Junction Rockies!!! The name is eh… OK, I’ve gotten used to it. The adaptation of the parent Colorado Rockies logo from mountains to the mesas of the Western Slope is weak and uninspiring to say the least. The G.J. Rox will continue to play in the Pioneer League as they have prior years before as the Casper Rockies, and most recently the Casper Ghosts.
The Rockies after a 3 game skid, finally got back in the win column Tuesday night with a 6-3 victory over the Padres. Juan Nicasio moved to 2-1 on the season with a 6 inning, 9 strikeout performance on 108 pitches. Chris Iannetta provided the team with a huge lift in the 6th inning with a 3 run homer to give the Rox a 4 run lead. The homer was Iannetta’s 9th on the year. Four Rockies recorded multiple hits on the evening.
The Rockies need to win again this afternoon, to have some sort of momentum before Detroit comes into town this weekend for interleague play. This afternoon’s probables are Jhoulys Chacin (7-4, 2.90) vs Mat Latos (4-7, 3.86)
The Rockies begin a two game series against the Phillies, part of a 5 game road trip before their return to Coors Field. The Rockies overall record against the Phillies is 60-76. Their overall road record in the City of Brotherly Love, 29-42, including a 9-15 record at Citizens Bank Park, since it’s opening in 2004.
The Rockies come into this series at as good a time as any. The Rox were swept in 2010 (0-4) at Citizens Bank, but are catching the Phillies in the midst of a current 4 game losing streak. The Phillies have been outscored 13-7 in those 4 games. Though the Phils were 6-3 during their last homestand. The Rockies on the other hand have won their last two games, outscoring the Giants 12-7. These were 2 much needed wins as the Rockies lost 4 of 6 from the Padres and Mets in the two previous series.
HOT LIST – PHILLIES
MICHAEL MARTINEZ – 4 for 9 in his last 3 games(against Braves, didnt play in last series against Cards)
NOT LIST – PHILLIES
PLACIDO POLANCO – 3 for 14 in his last 5 games, with 1 RBI.
RYAN HOWARD – 2 for 17 in last 5 games with 6 strikeouts.
JIMMY ROLLINS – 4 for 22 in last 5 games, 1 RBI, 0 stolen bases.
HOT LIST – ROCKIES
CARLOS GONZALEZ – 8 RBIs in last 5 games(5 RBIs in last 2).
TROY TULOWITZKI – 7 for 21 in last 5 games, with 8 RBIs.
TODD HELTON – 6 for 15, last 5 games with 2 HRs.
NOT LIST – ROCKIES
TY WIGGINTON – 3 for 16 in last 2 series, with 4 strikeouts.
Wednesday’s probables – Jorge De La Rosa(5-1, 3.70) against Cole Hamels(4-2, 3.19)
Here is the back page of the NY Daily news this morning. Kinda of a lame title to the picture, but it tell the whole story I suppose. The Mets Carlos Beltran single handedly beat the Rockies with 3 two run homers in the game. Beltran went 3 for 5 with 6 RBIs. The Rockies alone had 2 homeruns, but both came with no one on base. Jonathan Herrera in the 1st inning and Todd Helton in the 4th. Rockies pitching, to be kind, underachieved in this game and though the Rockies ability to come back a couple of times in the game were positive signs, the pitching overall ultimately did them in. Ubaldo leaves the game in the 4th having gave up 5 earned runs. Morales and Lindstrom both giving up 2 runs each as well in the 7th and 9th innings. The Rockies series loss to the Mets is their 3rd series loss at Coors Field this season. The Giants and Pirates were the first two series losses at home. The Rockies are 2-8 so far in the month of May this season, 1-3 at Coors Field.
The Rox will continue the homestand with a 3 game series against former Rockie Brad Hawpe and the San Diego Padres.
The Post-Gazette out of Pittsburgh is reporting that Rockies former manager Clint Hurdle could soon be back in the manager’s seat after being fired by the Rockies in May of 2009. Story here. Hurdle who spent last season as the Rangers hitting coach, is one of two leading candidates for the Pirates opening for a manager after an interview last week.
But wait!.. Reports out of New York are that Hurdle has also interviewed for the vacant manager’s position with the Mets as of Wednesday. Story here.