This post was written last night during the game, because this blog is terrible. Thanks to Ben Warwick, whose Rockies blog, Rox Pile, is much better.
1. So, Ty Wigginton just singled and stole a base. Is there anything he can’t do? Yes. Please list them.
Um, hit with runners on? Yeah, he can’t do that. So when he does it, one of two things happens. One, it’s either a solo homer, or he gets on with no one on, then nobody behind him can bring him in. It’s something we pride ourselves on, actually. Worked hard on it in Spring Training.
2. Congratulations! The Rockies have signed Jorge Cantu! Do you see him filling the void left by Ubaldo Jimenez, Carlos Gonzalez, and Jason Giambi?
Yes, Jim Tracy said the plan for him as of now is to take the mound for 7+ innings every fifth day, tracking down fly balls in center he may give up, then hit 1000-foot home runs in the ninth inning coming off the bench. We’re all quite happy.
3. The Denver Post concluded that the Rockies just aren’t “clicking.” What sounds HAVE the Rockies been making? I imagine loud “clanks” and “thuds.”
I actually heard some sputtering in there, too. Our pitchers have been hissing a little bit. I think their mechanics may be off. Pun intended.
4. The Mountain Time Zone has been oft-referred to as “The Bitch Time Zone.”** How accurate is this description? (**by me, just now)
That’s okay, we in the Mountain Time Zone refer to Eastern Time the same way, so I’d say pretty accurate.
5. Troy Tulowitzki just threw out Jimmy Rollins on a dumb play that was pretty good. Why do I hate Tulo’s face so much?
Oh, that’s because during the All-Star Game in Phoenix, Tulo got ahold of one of Brian Wilson’s beard hairs, which instantly sent his ‘awesome’ level through the roof. He already had plenty coming from his rat tail (I kid you not), so the beard hair made him half man, half cyborg. We here in Colorado love it.
6. First Jimmy gets it at second, then Shane can’t score on Chase’s hit. What is it about playing in Denver that slows everybody down? It obviously wasn’t because Seth Smith fielded the ball perfectly.
I could use the ‘high altitude’ argument, but I’m assuming I’d be drawn and quartered for that, so I’ll refrain. I’ll go with the fact that whenever we’re at home and someone from our bullpen isn’t in the game, we actually kinda know how to play baseball. So it wasn’t so much the Phillies slowing down as it was the Rockies actually playing well. That, or the high altitude really did get to Shane Victorino.