Thursday, June 9, 2011

Colorado Rockies finally show up, rally to defeat Dodgers

The Colorado Rockies are back.

On Thursday night, the Rockies woke Coors Field up from it's winter slumber. Suddenly, the place was alive again, creating the magic that it has been known for having since it opened in 1995.

The Rockies stormed back from a 4-0 deficit, and then a 7-3 deficit to defeat to beat the Dodgers 9-7, kicking off a 10-game home stand in style.

The hero once again was Troy Tulowitzki. A day after exercising his demons against Heath Bell, Tulowitzki delivered again. However, after he had delivered once, he decided for an encore, and delivered for a second time in the same night.

In the fifth inning, with runners on second and third, Tulo smacked a double down the left field line, plating two runs and bringing the Rockies within a run. In the sixth, Tulowitzki did it again, looping a single into right field to put the Rockies on top.

Two days in a row of quality baseball might not be enough to say that for sure, but there is a different feeling, a different attitude from this team. It looks very similar to the Colorado Rockies that won 11-of their first-13 games in April. The team that showed up on Wednesday in San Diego and Thursday at Coors Field was much different than the team wearing Rockies jerseys throughout the month of May and into June.

Ironically, the clutch hitting from the Rockies comes in two consecutive days after Tulowitzki, the captain, and the heartbeat of the club, told reporters that the Rockies just might not be as good as they expected.

That statement might seem like a give-up-and-go-home statement in June, but it might remind some long-time Rockies fans of a quote from Dante Bichette.

The former left fielder for the Rockies once said about his career that he didn’t start hitting well until he stopped caring. That the minute he decided that if he never played baseball again in his life that he would be ok with it was the exact moment in which he began to hit the baseball.

What Bichette realized was that he was trying too hard to make it happen instead of letting his talent do the work. Instead of going and playing baseball, he was overanalyzing things. The minute he let go of it was the minute his talent was able to be used again, and therefore, he became a good player.

Maybe that was the moment for Tulowitzki. Maybe he had to quit caring so much, and resign himself to the fact that maybe this Rockies team isn’t supposed to be a contender. That maybe they are barely good enough to stay in games with the Padres. Maybe the minute he quit thinking about the team being a contender was the minute that he wasn’t trying to clinch a playoff berth in June.

The win is a glimpse into what this Rockies team can be. They are able to fight back, even against good pitchers like Clayton Kershaw, and find ways to win. They have all the talent that they need to not only make the playoffs, but do damage when they get there.

However, worrying about October in May and June does no good for any club. Maybe the Rockies have finally figured that out and quit looking at the standings and started looking at the team they are playing that day.

2 comments:

  1. Your Tulo-Bichette connection made me smile big :) Good job!

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  2. This was a great read, many very good observations. Enjoyed it much, you can really write.

    I went to the game last nite, it was the first game I've been to in a long time that was actually exciting. I needed that. I think my hope and faith are slowly being restored.

    Even if the Rockies don't make it to the playoffs, it's nice to see them not go away quietly.

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