Whenever I go to a Rockies game, I love to sing along with the players’ at-bat songs. Maybe it’s just me, but I think the music adds to the ball park atmosphere, and when I hear songs on the radio that I’ve heard at Coors, I’m always reminded of baseball. Here’s a list of the songs I’ve been able to figure out so far. If you know any more please feel free to comment!
Jhoulys Chacin: Si No Le Contesto – Plan B
Jorge De La Rosa:
Jason Hammel: Reminder – Jay-Z
Ubaldo Jimenez: Run This Town – Jay-Z
Matt Lindstrom: Communication Breakdown – Led Zeppelin, Fireman – Lil Wayne
Huston Street: Hate Me Now (instrumental) – Nas
Chris Iannetta: Up All Night – Drake
Jose Morales: Deliverance – Bubba Sparxx
Jason Giambi: Wolfpack Theme – Kevin Nash
Todd Helton: My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
Jonathan Herrera: OMG – Usher
Ian Stewart: The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco, Coming Home – Diddy-Dirty Money
Troy Tulowitzki: Baby – Justin Bieber
Ty Wigginton: La Grange – ZZ Top
Eric Young Jr.:
Charlie Blackmon: Your Love – The Outfield
Dexter Fowler: Poison – Bell Biv DeVoe, Superbad – James Brown
Carlos Gonzalez: Abusadora – Wisin y Yandel
Seth Smith: Manifesto – The City Harmonic
Ryan Spilborghs: Roxanne – The Police
With today’s final exhibition game, Spring Training is drawing to a close, and the Rockies have almost finalized the Opening Day roster. Throughout the spring, we’ve seen some impressive players, and I want to take a look at some of this season’s most promising Rockies minor leaguers.
- Clayton Mortensen: He went 1-0 in 4 appearances, struck out 4, gave up 1 ER, and had a 0.82 ERA. Mortensen has had an impressive spring, showing the Rockies his capabilities. Although it is unlikely he will make the Opening Day roster, he will probably be a starter at Triple-A Colorado Springs and may come up later in the season.
- Rex Brothers: He went 0-0 in 8 appearances, struck out 11, gave up 2 ER, and had a 2.25 ERA. Based on their earlier statements, the Rockies are excited about Brothers. With his plus fastball, he figures to be a talented late inning reliever and a possible Major League closer before long.
- Tyler Matzek: In his first full season in the minors, he had a 2.92 ERA and almost a strike out per inning at 8.9 per nine innings. He is officially the Rockies’ top prospect, and has a promising future ahead.
- Christian Friedrich: Friedrich had a decent last season, although he went through some ups and downs. However, he did play in the 2010 Future’s Game and may come up to the Majors at some point this year.
Keep an eye out for these pitchers, along with John Maine, Eric Stults, Greg Reynolds, and Matt Reynolds; we could be seeing them in the Majors soon.
- Willin Rosario: Rosario is the top catching prospect in the organization, with the ability to hit for average and power, as well as an over 40-percent success rate throwing out runners. Although he tore his ACL last season, he is almost fully healed and will likely see time in the Majors soon, especially if Chris Iannetta or Jose Morales struggles.
- Jordan Pacheco: A converted infielder, Pacheco earned ample playing time this spring. He has the potential to be a .300+ hitter and continues to improve at his position. In addition, I know from experience that Pacheco is humble and good with fans, willing to sign autographs for every fan who wanted one after the game. Here, Pacheco poses for a photo with me after a Spring Training game.
- Eric Young Jr.: EY has seen the Majors before. He needs to work on more consistent fielding and getting on base more often. However, there’s no denying the benefit of his speed on the base-paths, and we will almost certainly be seeing him again soon.
- Chris Nelson: Nelson got himself noticed during his brief stint in the Majors last year. He chose to steal the first base of his professional career, and apparently thought home would be the best bag to take. His aggressive approach and speed make him a valuable player, and he will also likely see playing time in the Majors this season.
- Hernan Iribarren: In 16 games this spring he has hit .286, 4 RBI, 7 runs, and 4 stolen bases. He could potentially help the Rockies if Tulo gets injured again.
- Also look out for Alfredo Amezaga and Hector Gomez.
- Willy Taveras: Willy is in an interesting position. After having great seasons with the Rockies in 2007 and 2008, Taveras had ups and downs in Cincinnati and Washington D.C. Ironically, while he was with the Rockies the last time, he spent time helping a young prospect by the name of Dexter Fowler. Now Fowler is the starter, and Taveras is back with the Rockies and fighting for his spot on the roster. Although he will not start the season in the Majors, as the Rockies are going with a 4-man outfield, be sure to look out for Willy at Coors.
- Charlie Blackmon: This spring, Blackmon has hit .314 in 19 games, with 6 RBI, 9 runs, and 1 stolen base. His versatility could spell a chance for him to get the call up later in the season.
- Cole Garner: In 17 games this spring Garner has hit .364, with 6 runs, and 3 RBI. He has received ample playing time this spring, which could be an indication that he will eventually get the call up to the majors.
For Rockies fans, Scottsdale is the place to be during March.
If you’re like me, you love going to a baseball game. Even if you aren’t like me, games are still a great experience. Baseball is the American pastime.
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Although it may not seem like it, what with the weather colorado has been getting, spring training is fast approaching. Pitchers and catchers for the Rockies report to camp in just two weeks (Feb. 14) and position players report on Feb. 21.
Dan O’Dowd has been busy this offseason. The Rockies made Major League headlines with several signings and trades – most notably Troy Tulowitzki’s and Carlos Gonzalez’s. However, the team also made other significant deals.
- After Brad Hawpe left the team, fans speculated that Clint Barmes would be next. Although he had a decent season, batting .235 with 8 homers and 50 RBIs, it was a step down from his performances in ’08 and ’09, and the Rockies traded him to the Astros for the hard-throwing righty Felipe Paulino. I wish Barmes the best of luck in Houston, and I’m glad he has a chance to play shortstop. Hopefully Paulino will live up to his potential and have a great season in Colorado.
- We traded Miguel Olivo to the Jays before he went on to sign with the Mariners. Olivo had an outstanding season, both defensive and offensive, and many fans – myself included – thought he should have been an All-Star. He threw out 42% of base-stealers, and provided some clutch hitting. I’ll be sad to see him go, but maybe 2011 will be Chris Iannetta’s breakout season.
- Jeff Francis, once the Rockies leader for number of wins in a season, is now a Kansas City Royal. Although he was an ace-caliber pitcher in ’07, his injuries have prevented a return to form. It looks like the Royals are hoping 2011 will be his comeback year. Good luck to him with his new team.
- Joe Beimel – he seemed to me like a low key guy. He didn’t get much hype, even though he had perfect outings more often than not and maintained an ERA under 4 (3.40 to be exact). I think of him every time I see a Dodge commercial (which plays Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” in the background) and I’m going to miss seeing him in Colorado.
- Ty Wiggington – We all love Todd Helton. How can we not when he’s the face of the franchise and a baseball icon? However, even I must admit that he’s slowing down a little. When Helton needs a day off, it seems like Wiggington will be an excellent first baseman, especially because he’s proven he has some pop in his bat.
- Pedro Lopez – That second base job is still up for grabs. Although several players, including Jonathan Herrera, Eric Young Jr., and Chris Nelson, have proven they are possible candidates, Lopez, a veteran, has as good a chance as any, and will hopefully make a big impact with the Rockies.
- Goodness knows the Rockies are always looking for solid pitchers. Hopefully Matt Lindstrom will be a dependable asset, either in the bullpen or in the starting rotation.
- Some fans predict that ’11 will be Iannetta’s breakout year. I hope it’s true, but if he needs a little help once in a while, the Rockies have some backups, including Jose Morales. He’ll need to improve his batting average, but he could be an important factor in the team’s success.
- Willy Taveras – When I heard we got Willy back I was ecstatic! His speed is definitely an asset for the Rockies. Just imagine a lineup with CarGo, Dexter, and Willy in the outfield, and then try to picture the Rockies opponents finding a gap in the outfield. Other teams are going to have a hard time getting hits past those three.
- As I mentioned before (and as almost everyone, even non fans, has heard) the Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki signed multi-year contracts during this offseason. (I hoped it would only be a matter of time before we locked down CarGo, even though his agent, Scott Boras, is known for not letting his players sign big deals before they reach free agency.) We definitely have both guys until 2017, and Tulo until 2020, so, hopefully, here’s to a decade of recurring Silver Sluggers, Gold Gloves, and All-Star nominations!
- Ian Stewart, Seth Smith, and Chris Iannetta are also sticking around. All three players have demonstrated slugging abilities, and Stewart is a top defensive player. Hopefully working with the new Rockies hitting coach, Carney Lansford, will help them get back to top hitting form and run production.
- Thanks to the Rockies ability to avoid arbitration, the starting rotation is almost intact. Ubaldo Jimenez and Jorge De La Rosa are a formidable front of the rotation, Jason Hammel is a consistently solid starter, and Jhoulys Chacin is poised to have a breakout season. Chacin went 9-11 last season, and didn’t even spend the full season in the majors! He has a chance to become a Jimenez-like ace in 2011. The last rotation spot is still up for grabs, but several players, including Greg Smith, Esmil Rogers, and even Franklin Morales, have shown that they could be up to the task.
I started following the Rockies during their pennant run in 2007. Unlike other rockies “fans” however, I didn’t simply jump on the bandwagon.