Monday, April 30, 2012

Colorado Rockies bullpen shines, preserves win for Juan Nicasio

Esmil Rogers delivers a pitch to Matt Kemp.
There wasn't a Rockies fan who didn't cringe when Esmil Rogers trotted to the mound after Juan Nicasio allowed the first two men to reach in the top of the 7th inning.

With the bullpen weathered from short starts and an extra innings game on Sunday, Jim Tracy had little choice but to put his confidence in Rogers, knowing the sitting in the on deck circle was the player who was finishing off the best April in Major League history representing the go-ahead run in Matt Kemp.

To make matters worse, Rogers walked Mark Ellis, loading the bases for Kemp with no one out.

It seemed inevitable that Kemp would make the Rockies pay. He is in one of those grooves that almost seems unreal. He hit his 12th home run of the young season earlier in the game and has seemingly hit every pitch that even slightly missed it's location extremely hard all through April.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Grand Slam from Helton not enough as Colorado Rockies lose finale to New York Mets

Todd Helton blasted the Rockies back into the game.
If there is one thing that is certain so far in the Colorado Rockies 2012 season, it is that Todd Helton is quieting the critics.

On Sunday, after spending seven and a half innings on the bench, Helton pinch hit with the bases loaded and two outs. The Rockies hopes looked bleak, after another Johan Santana gem against them put them down 4-0. Helton got down in the count 1-2 before drilling a no-doubt grand slam that hit off the facing of the second deck to tie the game.

Look around and the people calling for Helton to retire four long years ago are nowhere to be found. When the native Tennessean was struggling with a bad back, the only thing anyone said about him was how his best days were behind him. They complained about his contract and blamed him for the team's failures.

The doubters were sure that as Helton got older, he would never return to his previous form. The fact that he was only hitting in the neighborhood of 15 home runs per season discounted the fact that he continuously hit over .300 every year and played top-notch defense at first base.

Colorado Rockies fall to New York Mets despite late rally

Guillermo Moscoso gave the Rockies what they should have expected.
The Colorado Rockies learned the lesson the hard way on Saturday night that add-on runs can really add up.

Immediately following a three run 4th inning, Rockies starter Guillerrmo Moscoso gave up three runs of his own in the top of the 5th inning. The three runs came with two outs.

In the 9th inning, with two outs recorded, reliever Edgmer Escolona gave up a double to Mike Baxter. The out should have been recorded by right fielder Michael Cuddyer, but Cuddyer took three huge steps back after the ball was hit before breaking in on the sinking blooper. The ball rattled out of his glove and Baxter cruised into second base. He later scored from third on a wild pitch from Escolona, giving the Mets a three-run cushion.

The extra runs allowed the Mets breathing room, but barely enough to survive. After Dexter Fowler drilled a solo shot into the Mets bullpen with two outs in the 9th, then Tyler Colvin hit a pinch hit triple to center field, the Rockies were within two and had Jason Giambi at the plate. Giambi ripped a 1-2 pitch to center, but Denver Christian High School graduate, and Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis grabbed it before it hit the ground, securing the Mets victory.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Colorado Rockies explodes for eleven runs in fifth inning

Carlos Gonzalez is heating up for the Rockies.
Put this one in the file next to "pre-humidor days."

The Colorado Rockies used an 11 run 5th inning to blow passed the New York Mets who couldn't have had any idea what hit them. The Rockies went on to defeat the Mets 18-9 in a game that looked like one played on the local little league fields.

Carlos Gonzalez did the bulk of the damage, hitting a three run home run in the 5th, then stepping back to the plate and lacing a double that scored two more runs in the same inning. In all, he drove in six runs on the night, two-thirds of his run production for the season coming into the game.

It's a crazy night at the ballpark when a player can hit for the cycle, as the Mets Scott Hairston did, and not make the first four minutes of the highlight reel.

The scoring came due to the Rockies bats getting hot at the same time. However, the Mets helped the Rockies feel like they couldn't get out. New York combined for six errors on the night. They threw the ball all over the place, on pick-offs, on ground balls. They reached for new ways to commit errors, including being called for catcher's interference when Jonathan Herrera magically kept his feet in the batter's box and hit Josh Thole's glove on a pitch-out.

This was the Rockies offense that everyone was waiting to break out in Pittsburgh. Ironically, it was the same offense that scored just three runs in 18 innings worth of baseball just two days prior.

The big inning came at the perfect time. Esmil Rogers had just replaced Drew Pomeranz, who came out due to a stiff forearm. Rogers didn't seem ready, which resulted in a four-run frame for the Mets. Heading to the bottom half of the fifth, New York looked like they might be able to put it in cruise control, leading 6-2.

Point to a hero for the night and it is easy to see that Gonzalez led the way. His big night came at the perfect time. He showed how much talent he has and how he can turn a game around with his bat. However, momentum is something that is highly underrated in baseball. It is something that can shift a team from a losing mindset to a winning mindset. The Rockies got that shift from a guy who is proving how valuable he is.

Eric Young, Jr. might not like his role. He may not like that he is only getting one at-bat a night, if he is lucky. However, what he brings to the table in a pinch hit role is exactly what the Rockies need.

Young pinch hit for Rogers to lead off the 5th inning and promptly grounded back to the pitcher. His hustle and speed caused the throw from Chris Schwinden to be offline and Young was at first base. He promptly did what everyone in the stadium knew what Young would be doing and stole second base, then advanced to third on the errant throw from catcher Mike Nickeas. After Marco Scutaro walked, Jonathan Herrera knocked Young home on a single. From there, the Rockies were off to the races.

It would have been easy for the Rockies to lay down. They had lost their starting pitcher and were down by four runs. After the series in Pittsburgh, four runs seemed like 10. Instead, Young got on base and made things happen. His speed on the base paths has caused so much trouble for the opposition that it has become a very powerful weapon for the Rockies.

The Rockies capped the scoring with their first grand slam of the year. It came off the bat of catcher Ramon Hernandez, an opposite field shot that landed in the first section nearest to the bullpen in right field. As crazy of a game as it was, the bomb put the Rockies up by nine runs and finished off all doubt.

The hope for the Rockies is that they can build off of this game at the plate. Particularly Gonzalez, who has quietly struggled all season long. His 3-for-6 performance boosted his average to .269, and the home run gave him three for the season, but all three have come since Wednesday.

If he can find a way to continue swinging at good pitches and driving the ball, the Rockies offense may find itself turning the corner. Gonzalez on base more means that Troy Tulowitzki will see better pitches and have more opportunities to drive in runs, which is always a good thing.

If nothing else, the offensive outpouring showed how dynamic this Rockies team can be. If the offense comes together and hits on all cylinders, they have a chance to do some serious damage, no matter who is on the mound or what the other team does at the plate.

The Rockies will attempt to keep the momentum going on Saturday as they take on the Mets once again. This time, Guillermo Moscoso will take the mound in place of Jeremy Guthrie, who sprained his ankle riding his bike to the ballpark.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Jhoulys Chacin still looking to take the next step for Colorado Rockies

Chacin has one more hurdle to jump.
The Colorado Rockies played two games on Wednesday. In all, they scored three runs on eight hits. Usually, numbers like that would result in two losses. However, the Rockies found a way to win game one, thanks in large part to the legs of Eric Young, Jr.

In game two, the Rockies once again got to see the potential of their prized talent, Jhoulys Chacin. He pitched well into the fifth inning, but then hit the same snag that has been what seems like the final hurdle the Chacin needs to jump in order to be a true top-of-the-order starter.

In the fifth inning, with one out, Carlos Gonzalez, known for his outfield prowess, dropped two fly balls in a row, resulting in the first two runs for the Pirates. Both balls Gonzalez lost in the afternoon sun. With the game starting immediately after game one, the shadows may have been different than usual, but both balls are typically caught by CarGo.

After the dropped fly balls, Chacin gave up back-to-back home runs to Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez. The Venezuelan righty should have been on the bench, but ended up having to get two extra outs because of Gonzalez's issues.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Clint Barmes gets his revenge as Colorado Rockies lose in Pittsburgh

Clint Barmes torched the Rockies on Tuesday.
Former Colorado Rockies infielder Clint Barmes spoiled another great start by Jamie Moyer.

The new Pittsburgh Pirate, struggling at the plate in the early-going, promptly went 3-for-3 against the Rockies, including two doubles and the game-tying home run off of Matt Belisle in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Pirates went on to win the first game of the three game set 5-4.

It was one of those nights that just happens in baseball. As good as the bullpen has been for the Rockies, they are showing cracks.

Rex Brothers, considered by many to be the closer of the future, struggled for the second consecutive outing. On Sunday he nearly cost the Rockies the game, giving up a walk and a base hit before departing in favor of Belisle.

Colorado Rockies need to stick with Dexter Fowler

Dexter Fowler is a huge key to the Rockies in 2012
It's April. Right now is the perfect time to jump to conclusions, get angry, or feel like your team is going to the World Series.

Those feelings are all-too-often a mirage of what a team or player really is. Just ask the 2011 Colorado Rockies, who started 11-2 and looked primed for a World Series push.

For every time someone says it is too early to jump to conclusions, another says that this guy or that guy needs to be shipped off to Triple-A, or called up to the big leagues. It is the nature of small sample sizes.

The Colorado Rockies are starting to experience a few of those whispers. Tyler Colvin, a former first-round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs, has made some noise in his brief appearances both off of the bench and in the starting lineup for the Rockies.

The lefty has swung a good bat for the club, proving to be a good pickup by Dan O'Dowd in the early-going. In 31 at-bats, Colvin is hitting .323 with a double, a triple and a home run. He also looks comfortable in the outfield and possesses the ability to play first base. Needless to say, his early numbers have been impressive for the Rockies.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Colorado Rockies biggest secret, and more on the Sunday Lineups

Matt Belisle is the most un-sung member of the Rockies.
Sunday's game was a great one for the Colorado Rockies.

That statement is one that doesn't come very often. Usually, Sundays are the day when fans plan on going to the mountains, getting the boat out, going shopping, taking a drive, seeing family, or doing anything besides wasting three hours watching a lackluster baseball game.

The reason for that is because since the 2011 season, the Rockies have been awful on Sundays. After Sunday's victory, the Rockies have won just seven of their past 28 Sunday games.

Well, this Sunday was one of the games that was worth watching for Rockies fans. With a lineup that featured the majority of normal starters for the Rockies, the club came out and won 4-1, giving them their first road series win of the season.

Michael Cuddyer again proved to be a phenomenal pickup. He gave the Rockies a two-run double in the 8th inning that put Colorado ahead 3-1. He has made Dan O'Dowd look like an absolute genius for overpaying to put him in purple pinstripes.

As good as Cuddyer's double was, the real hero is one that doesn't get the credit he deserves far too often.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Colorado Rockies let a close one get away

Lots of Monday Morning Quarterbacking with Jim Tracy
It's easy to play Monday morning quarterback. It's easy to question every move a manager makes after the fact.

As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. The best managers in the world are fans who complain about what the manager did after the move he made failed. It's not an easy job, and in a long season, every manager is sure to make moves that cost his team games.

Saturday night falls into that category for the Colorado Rockies and manager Jim Tracy.

Esmil Rogers relieved Drew Pomeranz in the 6th inning. He immediately gave up a game-tying home run to Ryan Braun. He got through the inning without any further damage. Heading into the 7th inning, the game way tied at three runs a piece. After two quick outs, Rogers spot in the lineup came up. With two outs and no one on base, Tracy decided that he was going to save his bullpen and allow Rogers to hit for himself. The converted shortstop struck out, ending the inning.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Offseason moves already paying dividends for Colorado Rockies

Michael Cuddyer is making O'Dowd look smart so far.
Colorado Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd takes his fair share of criticism from Rockies fans.

Some of it, as he would probably admit, is deserved. He has made moves that have backfired. He has waited too long for prospects to develop, hindering their trade value.

However, for the amount of criticism O'Dowd takes, he doesn't ever receive praise for the good moves that he does make.

After the most disappointing season in franchise history in 2011, O'Dowd faced a huge decision. The decision was one that would risk his job.

Years ago, O'Dowd was part of a group that was convinced to build from within. He believed that having patience with a farm system was the way to go. The plan worked. As the youth movement that caused great pains among Rockies fans came full circle, rewarding the patience of a fan base and a front office, O'Dowd was proven correct.

However, a few years later, the plan wasn't working. The clubhouse had become content and stale. As much patience as the club had shown its prospects, those prospects clearly did not have enough pressure on them to perform. They grew content and lacked drive.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Colorado Rockies: What's wrong with Troy Tulowitzki?

Tulowitzki is one of the best in the game.
In recent days, the question mark for the Colorado Rockies has swung from the starting pitchers, to the team's best player. When people talk about the Rockies, they are asking what is wrong with Troy Tulowitzki.

The answer to that question is complicated. Baseball is such a game of highs and lows. It is a game where physical talent can quickly be dwarfed by the mental side of the game. A player can forget how good he is in a hurry and start to believe that he doesn't belong at that level.

What is concerning about Tulowitzki's struggles have been that it isn't just limited to the offensive side of the game. He isn't only struggling with the bat and still bringing his gold glove into the field.

Tulowitzki has played in 11 games so far in 2012. He has committed six errors, matching his total for the entire 2011 season. He has committed two errors in a game twice, matching his career total. Everyone knows about offensive slumps, but defensive slumps seem a little strange.

Juan Nicasio throws a gem in Colorado Rockies victory

A day after Jamie Moyer made history on the mound at Coors Field, Juan Nicasio accomplished something that should be getting just as much attention as Moyer's accomplishment.

Juan Nicasio is a key cog to the Rockies success.
Nicasio, still just eight months removed from breaking his C1 vertebrae after getting struck by a line drive, was  brilliant for the Colorado Rockies.

His line hardly reflected how good of an outing he actually had. In 6-2/3 innings, the righty gave up four earned runs on seven hits. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter. He left the game with only two runs on the board, but was responsible for two runs that came across after Esmil Rogers took the mound.

Throw out the numbers with Nicasio. He has three starts under his belt in 2012 and his second one wasn't pretty. His 6.19 ERA doesn't accurately reflect how well he has pitched.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jamie Moyer etches his name into the history book with first win for Colorado Rockies

Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to ever record a win.
It was a joke to many around baseball, and a rallying cry to many cynical Colorado Rockies fans. Jamie Moyer, approaching his 50th birthday, made the starting rotation out of spring training.

Fans around the league mocked the Rockies for trying to get fans to come out to the game to watch the oldest pitcher in the game. Skeptical Rockies fans used it as an excuse to say that the owners of the club are cheap, something that many casual fans cling to.

The cry was that the Rockies, who boasted about their farm system for so many years, were so depleted that they ended up going with a guy who was last in a farm system before the Colorado Rockies had ever been thought up.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Colorado Rockies need an ace, not an innings-eater

Jeremy Guthrie battled through 7 rough innings on Monday.
It is still early. There is no reason to panic.

However, after 10 baseball games in the 2012 season, it seems as if the Colorado Rockies might think a little higher of themselves than they should be.

In the midst of an offseason dedicated to rebuilding the clubhouse culture, the Rockies acquired right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie from the Baltimore Orioles. Guthrie was the ace of a struggling Baltimore staff over the past three seasons. While he led the league in losses in 2011, playing in the A.L. East may have skewed those numbers. He has long been viewed as a quality starter, despite poor records.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Colorado Rockies continue to strive for mediocrity behind Jim Tracy

Jim Tracy continues to manage the Rockies out of wins.e
Jim Tracy has a message for Colorado Rockies fans.

Don't buy a ticket on Sunday's. In fact, don't bother to even watch the game on TV, listen on the radio, or pay attention at all. There is no reason. There is no plan for the team to win the game. It is viewed as an exhibition game, giving non-starters a day to feel like they are getting a chance to play in a big league game.

The latest example came on Sunday. Tracy took the momentum that the team had built up with two very impressive come-from-behind victories, and threw it away, allowing the Diamondbacks to have an easy victory.

Tracy used the pathetic excuse of a team that was tired from a rain-delayed game from the previous night to roll out a lineup that is more fitting for Colorado Springs than any Major League park. Todd Helton, the hero from the previous two nights, was on the bench. Ramon Hernandez, the catcher who had homered in two straight ball games, on the bench. Marco Scutaro, the second baseman who inspired energy from the bench after getting plunked in the 9th inning on Saturday, on the bench. Dexter Fowler, searching for his swing and in need of consistent at-bats. On the bench.

Raising Helton: Todd delivers again for the Colorado Rockies

Helton delivered again on Saturday.
Friday night wasn't enough for Todd Helton.

On Saturday night, with the rain and wind making it completely miserable to be playing or watching baseball, it looked like the Colorado Rockies would be the victims of an ugly, weather marred game.

Instead, for the second straight night, a veteran in his twilight showed that he still has some gas in the tank.

With two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, Helton strolled to the plate with the theme song from "Superman" playing over the Coors Field speakers. The Rockies, who had found themselves down a run after losing their momentum to a rain delay, were in need of a hero.

Marco Scutaro, a 38-year old veteran himself, led off the inning by getting plunked on the upper back by Diamondbacks closer JJ Putz. Perhaps setting the stage, Scutaro went down to the ground, undoubtedly in pain. With the temperature at 38 degrees, a baseball hitting the body doesn't feel good. However, Scutaro bounced up, looked into the Rockies dugout and gave two big claps of the hands, signaling something that the Rockies missed in 2011, a sign of someone being willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win a game.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Colorado Rockies rally to win thanks to Todd Helton

Helton hit the game winning double.
It was vintage Todd Helton.

Those who had the nerve to be a Colorado Rockies fan in the early 2000's know. Those who could stomach the losing and the consistent poor play from the Rockies in the early part of the decade know. When the rest of the Rockies were rebuilding, Todd Helton was dominating.

While his team struggled, Helton simply hit. He put on a hitting clinic. The only problem was that because the team was so bad, very few people paid attention.

On Friday night at Coors Field, Helton showed some of the newcomers what the old Helton was like for all of those years.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, with Carlos Gonzalez at third base thanks to a single and error, Troy Tulowitzki couldn't get the job done. He battled through his at-bat, but ended up striking out on a tough slider. Helton strolled to the plate with two outs, knowing that only a base hit would score the go-ahead run.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Colorado Rockies sloppy defense hurts as comeback bid falls short

Don't blame Jamie Moyer for Thursday's Rockies loss.
One more base hit, or more good swing, and the Colorado Rockies might have been winners on Thursday afternoon.

Despite being no-hit into the 7th inning by Madison Bumgarner, the Rockies were one swing away from tying the game in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Rockies found a way to claw back into a game in which they were dominated in through seven innings.

The fact is, if the defense would have been strong behind Jamie Moyer, the Rockies probably are not talking about being a swing away from tying it, but they are celebrating their first series win of the season.

Those who didn't watch the game will say that the Moyer experiment should come to a close sooner rather than later. They will see that he gave up four runs and didn't make it out of the 6th inning.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Colorado Rockies show why fans should be excited about them in win

Dexter Fowler
Can the Colorado Rockies have a mulligan for Monday's home opener?

After perhaps the most disappointing regular season game in franchise history on Monday, the Rockies bounced back and showed why fans should be excited to see them play in 2012.

The team, without hitting a home run, combined for 22 hits and 17 runs to even the series with the Giants at one game apiece.

The offense looked like they had a point to prove. With former National League Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum on the mound, it easily could have been a repeat of the misery that was Monday. However, the Rockies capitalized on what looked like an off-night for Lincecum.

The story of the Rockies was not their dominance of the Giants ace, however. The story comes after the Giants figured out Jeremy Guthrie and returned from a 6-0 deficit to lead the game 7-6 going into the bottom of the 4th inning.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Early reaction to the Colorado Rockies is ridiculous

I get it. You spent big money to go to Opening Day and the Colorado Rockies looked horrible.

Be mad. Be upset. Feel like you got ripped off. Those feelings are all fair. They are all legitimate. However, listen to the radio on Tuesday and the reaction goes beyond just being upset about a bad day at the park.

Fans are genuinely upset. They are genuinely mad that the Rockies got owned by a pitcher well passed his prime. While talk radio is designed for overreactions and blatant extremes, these reactions seem slightly weird.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Opening Day turns out to be a dud for the Colorado Rockies

There is nothing like Opening Day in baseball. Every team has reason to hope. Every fan can believe that the changes their team made in the offseason is what will bring their team to the promised land.

Those hopes can to a crashing halt on Monday for the Colorado Rockies as they fell flat on their faces. Nine innings later, Barry Zito still stood atop the mound at 20th and Blake, and the Rockies had finished with as many runs as they had when the gates open.
Chacin pitched a miserable four innings.

Name the aspect of the game, and there is an example of bad baseball. The pitching was pathetic, Jhoulys Chacin pitched four brutal innings, giving up five runs. The defense was ugly, Carlos Gonzalez dropped a wind-blown fly ball that fell out of his glove. The offense made Barry Zito, a shell of the pitcher who won the American League Cy Young in 2002, look like a future hall-of-famer.

What was the cause? Maybe the Rockies were playing tight. Maybe they were trying to hard to prove their doubters wrong and show that they could be good in front of a full house that was looking for any reason to not believe in them.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Jim Tracy in mid-season form as Colorado Rockies drop series in Houston

It didn't take Jim Tracy long.

Many of the Colorado Rockies fans were ready to turn the page from a failed 2011 season. Many were ready to give Tracy another chance to prove that he is a good manager. Many were ready to chalk up his losing ways to him managing a group of players who would rather have been doing something else instead of being at the ballpark. Many were ready for an April in which Tracy showed that with a group of veterans, he could push the right buttons.
Jim Tracy cost the Rockies a win on Sunday.

Instead, Tracy dashed the hopes of fans before the team ever arrived in Denver.

On Sunday, Tracy was in mid-season form. Three games into the brand new season, he decided it was a good time to give a couple of guys a rest. And by a couple of guys, he meant half of the lineup.

Todd Helton was on the bench, Marco Scutaro was on the bench, Chris Nelson, on the bench, Dexter Fowler, on the bench, Ramon Hernandez, on the bench.

With the Rockies up 2-1, thanks to a phenomenal outing by miracle-boy Juan Nicasio, Tracy pulled the trigger that ensured a loss.

Usually a manager brings in his top defensive players late in a close ball game in order to lock down the win. In the finale in Houston, Tracy baffled everyone watching the game. Instead of bringing in slick-fielding Chris Nelson to man third base Tracy stuck with still-converting-catcher Jordan Pacheco.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Jamie Moyer looks his age in loss, Nicasio takes hill for Colorado Rockies on Sunday

Jamie Moyer gave up four runs in five innings.
Let the doubting commence.

Is he too old?  Are the Colorado Rockies too cheap? How can they run out a team that features a 49-year old?

Those are all questions that the pessimists will begin with as the debate their fellow Rockies fans on Sunday. They will say that this crazy experiment is a headline grabber on the Rockies part, and a pathetic one at that. They will point to Moyer's five rough innings, giving up four runs and never really giving the Rockies a chance.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Colorado Rockies win opener in Houston, new faces make an impact

Jeremy Guthrie delivered 7 strong innings.
The Colorado Rockies started off their season on the right foot on Friday night in Houston.

A well-played game resulted in a 5-3 victory that wasn't secure until Rafael Betancourt struck out Matt Downs with two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The offseason saw Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd furiously make moves in an effort to change the clubhouse culture. He was tired of hitters who didn't take good at-bats, pitchers who didn't attack the strike zone and players who played with a lack of fundamentals.

The new faces that were brought in didn't waste time making an impact.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Baseball Fan Etiquette: What is ok for Opening Day?

There is nothing quite like Opening Day. Enjoy it.
We all know "that guy."

Yes, we have all paid for our ticket to watch a baseball game with thousands of other fans, only to find out that there are a few special people in the crowd who think that everyone came to see them. So they decide it's time to put on a show.

With Opening Day nearing, it seems like a good time to go over some of the "do's" and "don'ts" of attending a baseball game.

Do- If you are planning on attending a game with a friend who is traveling separately from you and arriving later, please inform them of the section that the tickets are in. Also, please let them know that the sections are in numerical order, with the first level representing which level the seat happens to be in. Look for the signs that can't be missed.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Prediction Time: Colorado Rockies have a chance

Opening Day will come to Coors Field on Monday.
It is that time of year for baseball fans. Christmas might come in December for the rest of the country, but for baseball fans, Christmas comes at the beginning of April every year. Opening Day is upon us. After a long offseason, baseball is finally back. For Rockies fans, Friday's opener in Houston, and the home opener on Monday cannot come soon enough.

Go back and look at previous seasons. Every expert makes predictions, and nearly all of them are dead wrong.

A year ago, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports missed five-of-six when it came to predicting division champions. Only the Phillies lived up to his expectations.

Basically what that means is simple. Preseason predictions mean absolutely nothing.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Thoughts on Ubaldo Jimenez drilling Troy Tulowitzki causing bench-clearing brawl

Ubaldo Jimenez wasted no time in showing what he thinks about the face of the Colorado Rockies. With his first pitch, he drilled Troy Tulowitzki in the back, dropped his glove and enticed Tulo to charge the mound.

The benches cleared and Tulo left with an apparent elbow injury.

Everyone knows the history. Jimenez, jealous of Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez's contract extensions, came to camp mad. He wanted out of Colorado. Feeling that the team had slapped him in the face, he felt betrayed.

After Jimenez tanked the 2011 season and was traded to Cleveland, the war of words began.

Rockies fans anger has quickly turned towards Jimenez after Sunday's events. However, maybe the situation points to some deeper issues.

Make no mistake, Jimenez has been extremely immature in the situation. He has shown his true colors. He has shown why a guy with his talent took so long to make it to the big leagues, and why he took so much time becoming dominant. He shows that he holds grudges and he showed that he is his own worst enemy. However, it shows that the story goes a little deeper than what fans know.

Jamie Moyer making the Colorado Rockies rotation is more than just a good story

With a win, Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest to record a W.
On Friday it became official. Jamie Moyer, age 49, made the Colorado Rockies starting rotation.

Moyer's presence in Rockies camp has made for more than a few jokes around baseball. The Baseball Tonight crew on ESPN routinely talks about Moyer and his quest to make the team. Jokes from fans are prevalent when the 49-year old takes the mound.

Many baseball writers have been eager for the Rockies to announce the move, simply because it gives them something to write about. If and when Moyer picks up his first win in a Rockies uniform, he will become the oldest pitcher to ever record a victory at the Major League level.

The reality is, he will probably set an unofficial record for most wins by a guy who only dreamed of touching 90 MPH on his fastball.