Just because there are still late summertime temperatures here in D.C. and up and down the East and West coasts doesn't mean that everyone in basking in the heat. The Rockies hosted the Padres and, well, the few die-hard fans who did stick around to see the final out (the Rockies won a squeaker after entering the top of the ninth with a five-run lead) were bundled, wrapped and swaddled. Ok, so they weren't really swaddled, but that's about as close as you can get.
In case you'd missed it, the Rockies are officially the hottest team in baseball ... and it isn't even close. After beating the Dodgers on the hit that immediately preceded this Troy Tulowitzki celebration, Colorado is just 2 games back in the NL West, after trailing by 15 1/2 games on June 3. That's right, in less than three months, the Rockies have shaved 13 1/2 games off the divisional lead. Only in the NL West, you say? Sure, but only with a very good team, too. Evidently Colorado has one of those this year.
This weekend provides some rather juicy matchups with plenty of early playoff implications, here are the best and feel free to vote at the bottom for which pairing intrigues you the most.
August 21, 2009; 11:44 AM ET |
Categories: Braves , Giants , Marlins , Playoffs , Rangers , Rays , Red Sox , Rockies , Yankees | Tags: Florida Marlins, atlanta braves, boston red sox, colorado rockies, new york yankees, playoffs, san francisco giants, tampa bay rays, texas rangers
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No one would argue that Jim Tracy has been anything but a revelation since taking over as manager of the Rockies. He's taken a team from the NL West basement into pole position for the NL Wild Card, and he's done it with exactly the same players. He really has been a role model for managerial leadership. Unfortunately, as this hyper-zoomed AP photo attests, he's not quite as convincing a role model for young baseball players, considering the fact that he has a big, fat lip full of tobacco while sitting behind the dugout screen. If he's been doing that throughout his playing and managerial career, it's amazing he still has his entire cheek in tact.
Baltimore's Felix Pie hit for the cycle on Friday night, but in a season that has seen seven players accomplish the feat, is Pie the most unlikely guy to do it?
August 17, 2009; 4:17 PM ET |
Categories: Orioles , Rockies | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, colorado rockies, cycle, felix pie, hit for the cycle, troy tulowitzki
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Long a host of a major league spring training site, Pima County will be abandoned of spring baseball come February 2011. The home district of Tuscon, Arizona's state capital and second largest city, has hosted both the Diamondbacks and Rockies in recent years. The White Sox had been in Tuscon even longer than baseball's most recent additions, yet they will be gone starting next spring. And after 2010, Pima County will host no one, with the Rockies and Diamondbacks relocating to newer training facilities outside the area. So who's going to fill the void? If the area's Sports and Tourism Authority has anything to say about it, some teams from Japan will.