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"I think we are going to win the West", Charlie "Meats" Monfort, owner and CEO of the Rockies, April 4 (Opening Day), 2005.

 

One more from Charlie "Chuckles" Monfort:

"I know that a lot of teams would like to have the nucleus of players and fan support we have." (Maybe so, but the only Major League team might be Tampa Bay. Most minor league teams above single A would probably stick with what they have. Ed.)

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If "Dealin'" Dan Had Never Come to Colorado

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 Your ALT-Text here "A lot of lies. A lot of lies. We have been told this and told that, then nothing was done or the complete opposite was done. There has been a lot of stuff that has happened and said from upstairs that hasn't come true." Larry Walker, as quoted in the Denver Post.

Rockies Trade for Clemens, Giambi
Biggest Deal in Franchise History
 
April 1, 2005. The Colorado Rockies announced early this morning that they had acquired the services of future Hall of Famers Roger Clemens from Houston and slugger Jason Giambi from the Yankees. Todd Helton, Matt Holiday, Preston Wilson, and Garret Atkins will be sent to the Astros, while pitchers Jeff Francis, Jason Jennings, Shawn Chacon, and Joe Kennedy will be dispatched to New York as part of the deal. The Rockies also agreed to continue paying the salaries of all players involved.

"To heck with the future, we want to win now!" exclaimed Rockies' owner "Meats" Monford.

In related stories, Clemens and Giambi announced their retirements from baseball, effective immediately.

April Fool!

Former Rockies Announcer Admits Steroid Use
Tried to divert attention by accusing Helton.
 
Wayne Hagin admitted he was only able to announce Rockies games from 1993 through 2003 by getting hopped up on "the juice". "There was no way I could have maintained that level of mindless chatter without massive doses of artificial stimulants. I just didn't have the strength or the brain power without them," the broken pundit sobbed at a hastily-called press conference in St. Louis Monday. He went on to admit that he was still ingesting massive doses of the illegal drug and only accused Rockies' first baseman Todd Helton of doing the same in order to send investigators on a wild goose chase.
 
When told that Helton said he would never speak to him again, Wayne said "He never said much when he was talking to me anyway," as he offered this reporter a joint (refused, politely). "I couldn't keep it up without this (holding up a baggie of weed), or this!", waving three open bottles of his employer's most popular beverage (Budweiser), freshly plucked from what must have been at least a 100 gallon tub of ice and beer.
 
"Why do you think I was always talking about the restaurants and hinting that the proprietors should deliver some of their products to the booth? The weed and 'roids give you a terrific appetite", he said, munching on several hot dogs while he licked cheese sauce from the top of a gigantic order of nachos. "A few of these keep me awake and keep the lips flapping too!", the dizzy sportscaster exclaimed as he dumped a half bottle of pills down is craw from a bottle with someone else's name typed on the label.
 
"So you didn't pay very close attention to the game?" asked a reporter in the back of the room. Hagin threw an unopened bottle of Bud in the general direction of the reporter as he exclaimed in his trademark whiny, high pitched voice: "Game, hell! Half the time we didn't even know who was playing."

 

Suddenly grown surly, the erratic announcer signalled the end of further dialog with an obscenity-riddled tirade of how the entire free press distorted everything, anyway, apparently forgetting that group included himself.

 

For those of you who haven't guessed, the above article is an attempt at satire, aimed at directing the same misinformation in the direction of Mr. Hagin that he directed toward Todd Helton earlier this month.

Burnitz Not a Good Fit


December 22, 2003. The Rockies signed Jeremy Burnitz to take the place of Jay Payton as the starting left fielder.
On the positive side, Burnitz has shown power throughout his career, averaging just over 30 homers a year since coming up with the Mets in 1993.
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Season Ticket Prices Frozen by Rockies for Fifth Straight Year


Remember supply and demand? To refresh your memory, it goes like this:

When the demand for goods exceeds the supply, prices rise until demand drops.

Conversely, when supply exceeds demand, prices drop, thereby stimulating demand.

The goal is for supply to equal demand, resulting in the best return for both buyers and sellers.....

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Fire Troy E. Renck!

September 11, 2005. If there is one thing that is ruining baseball in Denver it is sports "writers" at the Denver Post, especially "Humidor Head", better known as Troy E. Renck (we don't know why he insists on including his middle initial, perhaps there is a more famous Troy Renck of whom we have never heard). Click here to see how lame Renck is.

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Rockies Selected "Best of the Worst" for 2006

December 31, 2005. In  an article entitled "Bottom Feeder Report" in his "Bad Altitude" Blog at BaseballToaster.com, Mark Donohue concluded that the 2006 Rockies were the best of a bad lot. He compared them to the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Tampa Bay Devilrays.

Rats Deserting Sinking Ship

November 6, 2005. Experienced employees from the Colorado Rockies front office don’t seem to share the owner's and General Manager’s unbridled enthusiasm for the future. The best and brightest personnel are leaving for greener pastures, and following Colorado U.S. executive office tradition, they are mostly being replaced by cronies with little if any qualifications for the positions.

Thad Levine left the Rockies, where he was the Senior Director of Baseball Operations, to become Assistant General Manager with the Texas Rangers. Levine, 33, was with the team for 6 years. He is being replaced by Jeff Bridich, 28, who has been with Colorado for less than a year, as Director of Minor League Operations.

Walter Sylvester, 36, has been named to “an assistant post in baseball operations” after working for the team for less than a year with duties described as “analysis of the payroll”.

Jerry DiPoto resigned as the Rockies director of pro scouting and was hired as director of player personnel and professional scouting by the Arizona Diamondbacks. DiPoto himself had little if any experience beyond pitching when he was hired by the Rockies about a year ago, and he will not be replaced, according to the team. Something is fishy about the whole DiPoto deal, however, because the Rockies talked him into moving to the announcer's booth to replace George Frazier before he up and quit. Which is too bad, because even an Arkansas hog caller would be an improvement over Frazier (no offense intended to AK hog callers).

Dan Montgomery, who has worked in scouting with the Rockies since the beginning (which may or may not indicate competence), showed why he was promoted to Assistant Director of Scouting with this concentrated flurry of butt-kissing:

"To make the jump with this organization really means a lot to me. I feel good about this organization, especially because they realize that we have talented people and they do not have to look outside to fill a job. I think that comes from Dan, [club president] Keli McGregor and Charlie and Dick Monfort [chairman/CEO and vice chairman, respectively]. A lot of people have worked together for a long time; we're friends, and we know that the people we have can do the job."

The Baseball Observer has to interject here that nobody who is part of this organization can really lay claim to “doing the job” in light of the overall absence of success and the steep downward trend of the business of late. A more appropriate statement would be “I can’t believe any of us still have jobs, given our total lack of performance since 1993.

Some formula: hire people with no experience in the industry, teach them how you’ve managed to build losing teams and chase away millions of customers for the past five years, then promote them to positions of responsibility. Yeah, that’ll work!

Rockies Minor League Player Honored

November 2, 2005. Matt Miller, a 6'2", 210 lb. outfielder with the Asheville Tourists won the Trautman Award in the South Atlantic League, hitting .330 with 30 homers and 100 RBIs. He was also named Most Valuable Player in the Class A Circuit.

Chicago White Sox Win World Series

November 2, 2005. A friend of ours mentioned this the other day, so we thought we would pass it along. The Baseball Observer, like all true Rockies fans, does not acknowledge the continuation of play beyond the regular season. Until Baseball sees fit to include the Rockies in their post season party, we will just ignore it. With no disrespect to the White Sox as reigning world champions, of course.

Umpire's Plan Becomes Evident

October 17, 2005. Everyone knows the umpires have had it in for Major League Baseball for some time now. A few years ago, most of them resigned as a bluff during contract negotiations, and Baseball surprised them by accepting. Salary talks have been hostile. Apparently the umpires decided to strike back during the postseason this year, with devastating success. Their plan was twofold: One, make sure the least popular teams make the World Series. Two, make sure that the game is so tainted by bad officiating that no one will watch anyway. They have obviously succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, costing Baseball (and the gambling establishment) hundreds of millions of dollars.

Baseball Takes a Hit in ALCS Game 2

October 12, 2005. The umpire, Doug Eddings, blew a critical call. That's not news, it happens with alarming frequency. His actions, and the actions of Major League Baseball before, during, and after the play, are news, and the worst possible news for Baseball and its fans. Because it makes it look like the MLB establishment is trying to fix games.

Here are the plain, unvarnished facts:

The Los Angeles Angel pitcher, Kelvim Escobar threw a low pitch that the Chicago batter swung at and missed for strike three. The catcher, Josh Paul caught the ball cleanly, rolled it toward the mound, and jogged off the field. The umpire, Doug Eddings, indicated that the batter had swung and it was strike three. He also made the universal out sign of the clenched fist with the thumb extended. The batter took several steps toward the dugout, then, because he said he hadn't heard the umpire call him out, he ran to first base, whereupon, Eddings called him safe.

Josh Paul thought it was a clean catch, because if he hadn't, he would have tagged the batter, who was only a few feet away.

The umpires look suspicious in this incident, for a number of reasons. First, it is customary for the umpire to verbally warn the catcher if he doesn't think he caught the ball. Eddings remained silent. Second, if he thought the ball had hit the ground, first he should have looked at the ball to see if there was dirt on it, and secondly, he should have asked the other umpires for help, all of whom had a better view of the play. Doug Eddings did none of those things. When he was finally forced to ask another umpire, he queried the third base umpire alone, who said he was blocked and couldn't see anything. Replays appear to show that he, in fact, had a clear, unobstructed view.

Every impartial observer has said that it looks like a clean catch from every angle,

"Yet in a press conference after the game with Eddings and crew chief Jerry Crawford, Rich Reiker, MLB umpire supervisor, said Eddings made the right call after they viewed the replay.
'We've looked at it in the truck. We've blown it up. I'm sure some of you have seen that angle. We have some technology, and Jerry Crawford saw it, also, the whole crew, and there was definitely a change in direction there. At this point I would say at best it's inconclusive. I wouldn't totally agree that the ball was caught, but there was a change in direction there that we saw and the replay is available to us,' he said. "

The ball did change direction after it hit the webbing of the glove, as all caught baseballs do. But, the most important thing to consider is why Doug Eddings decided that the ball was not caught when he was standing behind the catcher and had no view of it at all.

The replays at least conclusively show that it was a very close call - without even seeing it, what made Eddings so sure the ball was not caught? Why didn't he say, "No catch" like he usually does? Why didn't he ask the other umpires for help? Why didn't he check the ball for dirt? Why are all the umpires and MLB management so intent on saying the replays show he was right when that is obviously not the case? Why wouldn't Eddings have just ruled it a strikeout and let the game play on? Nobody would have raised an eyebrow, but instead he made a controversial and unjustifiable call. Any fan who watched the game or read the accounts has to think that there is something seriously rotten in Major League Baseball. And they would be right.

Ex-Rockies In the Playoffs - Shawn Chacon

October 10, 2005. We don't need to say much about Shawn Chacon, do we? The Rockies basically gave him to the Yankees a few months ago in a salary dump transaction, getting nothing in return. Shawn almost single-handedly carried the Bronx Bombers into the playoffs, and now he is giving them a chance to go on to the ALCS.

Ex-Rockies In the Playoffs - Chone Figgins

October 10, 2005. Chone (pronounced like "Shawn") Figgins was drafted in the fourth round in 1997. In 2001, he was traded to the Angels for Kimera Bartee, who was hitless in 12 games for the Rockies, and never played in the Major Leagues again. Figgins, on the other hand, has been described as the best utility player in the game, and is the catalyst that makes the Los Angeles Angels run. In 2003, he helped them win the World Series. In 2005, he led the Major Leagues in stolen bases with 62, and batted .290 with 8 homeruns and 10 triples. He played all three outfield positions, 2B, 3B, shortstop and DH. Already in the playoffs, he has made incredible defensive plays at third and in center, killing Yankee rallies. He is better than the Rockies' starters at most, if not all of those positions.

Ex-Rockies In the Playoffs - Brad Ausmus

October 10, 2005. The Rockies Brass are always whining about not being able to find an everyday catcher, and yet they had an excellent one in Brad Ausmus of the Houston Astros and they let him get away. Brad has caught at least 100 games in each of his 11 full Major League seasons, and ranks 2nd in total games caught since 1996! He also has two Gold Gloves. The Rockies drafted Ausmus from the Yankees and immediately christened him the "catcher of the future". Then they shuffled him off to San Diego for two bad pitchers (They also threw in Andy Ashby, an excellent pitcher). Last night, Brad hit the game tying homerun in the ninth inning, setting the stage for the Astros to eliminate the Braves in an 18 inning victory.

ERF Losing Factor in 2005

October 7, 2005. The Red Sox have 2 Rockies on their 40-man roster, while the White Sox only have one. Result: White Sox sweep series. What would you suppose San Diego's chances are with 5 ex-Rockies to the Cardinals 2 (Cards lead 2 games to 0)? LA leads NY, 2 games to 1, and has 1 ex-Rockie to the Bronx Bomber's 2. Atlanta and Houston are tied at 1 game apiece, but the Braves have the clear disadvantage with 2 more ex-Colorado players than the Astros 1.

ERF (The Ex-Rockies Factor) - How Will It Affect the Postseason?

October 5, 2005. Two years ago, the ERF was an albatross that dragged down the teams with the most former Colorado players. Last year, the trend reversed itself as Boston won it all with a large cadre of former Blake Street players. How will it work this year? Here are the players.

American League

New York Yankees

  • Shaun Chacon

  • Tony Womack

Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim

  • Chone Figgins

Chicago White Sox

  • Juan Uribe

Boston Red Sox

  • Mike Meyers

  • Gabe Kapler (inactive)

 

National League

Atlanta Braves

  • John Thomson

  • Mike Hampton

  • Todd Hollandsworth

Houston Astros

  • Brad Ausmus

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Larry Walker

  • Julian Tavarez

San Diego Padres

  • Pedro Astacio

  • Rudy Seanez

  • Damion Jackson

  • Mark Sweeney

  • Eric Young

Rockies Keep Holliday, Pitch Greene

October 5, 2005. Management announced yesterday that they will be picking up the 2006 option for Matt Holliday at a salary of $500,000. At the same time, they declined next year's option for $800,000 for catcher Todd Greene, instead opting for a $100,000 buyout. Colorado General Manager "Dealin'" Dan O'Dowd said he was still interested in bringing Greene back, with the inference that he would expect to pay a lot less for the veteran catcher, in keeping with the team's miserly payroll.

The Baseball Observer Picks the Winners

October 3, 2005. Here are the Observers predictions:

American League

Angels vs. Yankees. In the past, the Angels have had the Yankees number and it should continue this year. Angels in 4 games.

White Sox vs. Red Sox. It would just be too boring if the White Sox won, so the Baseball Observer has to go with the BoSox. That way, we can see a rematch of last year when the Bean Towners blew the Angels away, as they probably will again this year.

Angels vs. Red Sox. The Red Sox while show that power and emotion trump sound fundamentals and small ball in a short series. Boston in 5.

National League

St. Louis vs. San Diego. It doesn't look like the Padres have a chance. The Observer likes underdogs more than most people, but these odds are too long. Peavy could produce a win, but St. Louis will dominate in 4.

Atlanta vs. Houston. It would be great if both of these teams could lose. If either one of these teams gets to the World Series and the White Sox were the opponent, it would be the least watched World Series in history. Let's say Houston will win, not because they are any good, but because their talent seems to be that their opponents always seem to play poorly against them. Houston in 5.

St. Louis vs. Houston. No contest. St. Louis in 5.

World Series

Boston vs. St. Louis. Boston has been busting their guts all season long, while the Cardinals have been cruising. This time, the Red Sox won't have the sense of history to keep their blood boiling and will run out of gas. Cardinals in 6.

Colorado Ends Worst Season Ever With Win

Cook impressive again in 11-3 victory

October 2, 2005. Aaron Cook looked like a number 1 starter, Clint Barmes and Todd Helton went deep, and Luis Gonzalez went 3 for 5 with two RBI as Generation R brought another nightmarish Colorado baseball season to a close. It's a good thing they are moving to Portland soon, Denver can't take another season like 2005. With a sub-$50 million budget scheduled for next year, the Rockies will probably be worse in 2006. If they stayed in Denver, they could super charge that "humidifier" so that the balls are blocks of ice and set the record for most no-hitters in a stadium for a season. Why not? The Commissioner doesn't seem to care what they do.

Another Day, Another Road Loss

Rookie Mike Esposito starts and pitches well in 3-1 loss

October 1, 2005. Corey Sullivan drove in the only Colorado run with a sacrifice fly as the lethargic Rockies dropped another one on the road. The Rockies have to win tomorrow in order to avoid having the worst record in franchise history.

Mets 3, Colorado 2

Offense continues to slumber

September 30, 2005. Matt Holliday hit a two-run homerun, but Byung-Hyun Kim gave up 3 runs in just under 6 innings, so the Rockies lost again.

Glavine 2-Hits Colorado

Sunny Kim follows gem with rock in 11-0 loss

September 29, 2005. Tom Glavine, who pitched like this game meant something, evened his record at 13-13 and assured the Mets would not have a losing season. He struck out 11, walking only two, and personally had as many hits as the Rockies team. Choo Freeman and Matt Holiday had the only Colorado hits, both singles. Kim pitched 3 scoreless innings before he lost his stuff, ending his five game winning streak. The Rockies are now stuck on 66 wins and need two more to avoid matching the worst season in their history, the 67-95 1993 team.

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Rockies Come Back to Beat Braves Again

Green 3-run blast accounts for final 6-5 margin

September 28, 2005. The Braves started their second team and still surged to a 4-2 lead over Jeff Francis and the Rockies. But the Colorado regulars mounted a 15 hit attack on the Braves four minor league pitchers and won the game and the series. 

Braves Route Colorado

Aaron Cook finally has a bad day in Atlanta in 12-3 loss

September 27, 2005.

Rockies Mount a Comeback to Beat Braves

Green 3-run blast accounts for final 6-5 margin

September 26, 2005.

Last Game at Coors a Depressing Loss

Fuentes' blowup in ninth ruined a fine effort by the other Kim

September 25, 2005. Nobody noticed it but the Baseball Observer, of course, but the final Major League Baseball game at Coors Field was played on a fine, sunny but cool day Sunday. The home team lost, of course, and only 31,746 fans watched the last game in Colorado. Overall, the Rockies drew 1,914,389 spectators in 2005, the lowest total in their 13-year history. The loss put their home record at 40 wins and 41 losses, their second losing season at the park in a row and 5th overall in what was once considered the greatest home field advantage in sports. Byung Hyun Kim held the Giants to 2 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings. Jamey Wright, Scott Dohmann and Randy Williams shut them out until the 9th, when Fuentes blew it. Barry Bonds was 0 for 3 with two pop outs, a ground out to Helton that he didn't bother to run out, and a walk. He was booed loudly every time he came to the plate, and jeered as he skulked back to the dugout. When he is elected to the Hall of Fame in Canton, will they put his plaque in a special room where people can press a button and hear whole stadiums boo? Or maybe they should play the fans favorite eerie taunt that goes around the stands whenever he does anything: "bear-eeeeee, bear-eeeeee, bear-eeeeee". 

Rockies Even Series With 6-0 Win Over Giants

Sunny Kim stuns Bonds and friends with complete game 3-hit shutout

September 24, 2005. What can you say? This was probably the greatest pitching performance in Rockies history. Kim gave up singles to Moises Alou and Ray Durham, a double to Pedro Feliz, and a walk to Mike Metheny. Barry "Juice" Bonds? Kim induced him to pop out to short in the second, line out to center in the 5th, and ground out to second in the 7th. His first two at bats were as the leadoff hitter in the inning, and he batted with the bases empty in his final appearance. So, even if the flaxseed oil king had homered in each at-bat the Rockies would have won 6-3. Kim only faced 31 batters, threw 101 pitches, and wrapped it up in an incredible 2 hours and 12 minutes.

Giants Start Series With 7-6 Win

Bullpen blows fine Jeff Francis performance

September 23, 2005. Jeff Francis held the Giants to 2 runs over six innings, only to watch from the dugout as Dohmann and DeJean gave up 5 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, and a wild pitch. Bonds watchers were out in full force, as attendance ballooned to 35,365. That was nearly double the record-setting low of the previous day. Of course, about half of the fans were only there to see the fireworks after the game.

CO Knocks SD back to .500 in front of smallest crown in Rockies History

Aaron Cook has another stellar outing as team wins 4-2

September 22, 2005. Cook held the Pads to 2 runs on 10 hits over 8 innings to go 6-1. Brian Fuentes closed it out with a scoreless ninth for his 30th save. The announced crowd on 18,119 was the smallest in Coors Field history.

Padres 5, Rockies 2

San Diego shows no ill effects of previous night

September 21, 2005. Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman held the Rockies to 2 runs on 8 hits a day after Colorado scored 20 and the Padres cruised to a victory putting them 1 game over .500 again.

Rockies 20, Padres 1

Biggest home win ever

September 20, 2005. Jamey Wright got the start and picked up his 8th win against 16 losses, only giving up 1 and 5 hits over 6 innings. Padres starter Woody Williams didn't fare quit so well, giving up 9 runs before escaping in the second inning. It was the greatest winning margin in Rockies history, and tied the Yankees for the most runs scored in a game in 2005. However, the Rockies are still in last place, 13 games behind the less-than-ordinary Padres.

San Diego 8, Colorado 7

Rockies Mathematically eliminated from postseason play

September 19, 2005. The Padres eeked over the .500 mark with a squeeker over the Rockies on the strength of a two-homer barrage from their shortstop.

7-1 Win at the BOB Gives Rocks Another Road Series

Jeff Francis returns to form

September 18, 2005.

Diamondbacks Squeek by, 6-5

 

September 17, 2005.

Colorado 6, Arizona 5

 

September 16, 2005.

Wright On in Relief

Wright wins 7th in 8-7 squeaker

September 14, 2005.

Rockies Win 6-4

Sunny Kim overcomes bad inning for 5th win

September 13, 2005. Edwin Jackson of Los Angeles and Sunny Kim of Colorado each had one bad inning. Jackson's came in the second inning and yielded 6 runs, while Kim's came in the 4th and only accounted for 4 runs.

Battle of Jeffs Won by Dodgers

Jeff Weaver out pitched Jeff Francis as LA won in a laugher, 7-0

September 12, 2005.

Finally, another Win

Rockies avoid sweep with 7-2 victory on another Aaron Cook gem

September 11, 2005. Aaron Cook pitched a COMPLETE GAME, 8 hitter, for his 5th straight win, putting a stop to the Rockies 4 game losing streak. Matt Holliday crushed a 3-run double to start a 6-run fourth that gave Cook all the runs he would need. Troy Glaus hit two home runs to account for all of the Diamondback's runs against Cook (5-1).

Four losses in a row - pennant hopes going up in smoke

Diamondbacks Roll over Rockies, 8-5

September 10, 2005.

Three losses in a row - pennant hopes waning

Diamondbacks Roll over Rockies, 7-1

September 9, 2005.

Biggest Ticket Sale in Rockies History - and the dumbest

32 tickets for $99

September 9, 2005. Check the above ad out, which was clipped from an email sent by the Colorado Rockies baseball club. Yes, the Rockies are actually trying to promote tickets, now that their attendance is in the toilet. Apparently they hired the same marketing people that Coors used 20 years ago (for those new to Colorado, Coors didn't advertise, because they didn't have to). Anyway, you can get a laminated card with your picture on it that will allow you to buy up to 32 tickets to Value Games in 2006. You just take your card to the ticket window, or go online and pick out your ticket, with no additional fees. But it might not be as good a deal as it first appears. First, you have to sit in the Pavilion in left field on bench seats. Secondly, you are entitled to one ticket for each of the 32 Value games, so if you miss one, you lose. There are no refunds or exchanges. Thirdly, only 500 of the cards will be sold. Lastly, all of the Rockies home games in 2006 will be played in Portland, Oregon.

On a serious note, why are the Rockies wasting their time and money on gimmicks like this that will not bring large crowds to the game, build fan loyalty, or increase profits? They would make more money by letting people in free after the 5th inning. Thousands more would come to the games and concession sales would double. And, many of those "freebies" would eventually become paying customers. Or, why not use some of the hundreds of tried-and-true methods that other Major League teams have been using for over a hundred years? What would be wrong with that?

Road Magic Gone?

3-2 in 10 innings

September 8, 2005.

Rockies Lose, Assure Losing Season

Francis and Rockies fall to Padres, 4-2

September 7, 2005.

Rockies Narrow the Gap to 12 with 25 Left to Play

Helton and Cook are the heroes in 6-5 win

September 6, 2005. Aaron Cook held the Padres while Todd "Pops" Helton delivered the blows. Remember 1964? The Phillies were ahead by 10 games with only 12 to play and managed to lose anyway. The Padres are that kind of team. If the Rockies can win 17 or 18 or their last 25, who knows? Of course its impossible, but we can dream can't we? Speaking of the Phillies, by the way, they are on the verge of another collapse of Philadelphian proportions. After leading the Wild Card race and closing on the Braves, they have lost 5 in a row, including 3 to Houston, to fall behind the Astros by 2 and a half games. They have lost 13 in row to the Astros, now, with former Houston closer appearing to help the Astros more than the Phils. Strange, how last year they had a former Brave who couldn't get any Braves out. Billy Wagner not only has been giving up huge hits to his former teammates, but he has been letting them steal bases to win. Someday there will be a Philly team that overcomes adversity rather than creating it for themselves. No, probably not.

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Colorado Sweeps Dodgers

Hawpe singles in the winner in the 10th

September 4, 2005. Brad Hawpe has returned with a vengeance. For the second straight game, he has contributed mightily in Colorado victories over the once mighty LA Dodgers. Today, Hawpe singled Corey Sullivan in from second with the winning run in the 10th. Sullivan had 4 hits on the day, and was on second after doubling. Zach Day started for the Rockies and got no decision after holding the Dodgers to 2 runs through 5 innings. Scott Dohmann (2-1) threw a scoreless 10th for the win. Colorado is now only 13 games behind San Diego, losers at Milwaukee.

Crushed Dodgers, Anyone?

Rockies Dump Dodgers at home, 11-1

September 3, 2005. Brad Hawpe and Garret Atkins homered and Byung Hyun Kim pitched his second brilliant game in a row as the Rockies again scored 11 runs to beat Los Angeles. In the first two games of the series, the Rockies have outscored the Dodgers 22 to 4.

Rockies Continue Pennant Push

Dump Dodgers at home, 11-3

September 2, 2005. Todd Helton cranked two out and Garret Atkins had a three-run blast on the the night that Brad Hawpe and Clint Barmes returned from the DL. Sunny Kim pitched well for the Rockies, while Jeff Weaver stunk for the Blue.

Bay Area Bombers Rock Rockies - Colorado Finally Loses a Road Series

Four homeruns bury Francis and Colorado 5-3

August 31, 2005. Jeff Francis made a few little mistakes, but unfortunately they all flew out of there like ducks when the shotguns are blooming. Rockies manager Clint "Rube" Hurdle has come upon a new method to avoid taking responsibility for anything - "consistency". After using a different lineup in every game so far, he has decided that, in the name of stability and consistency he will play the same people everyday from now on. Now he can just make copies of the lineup card with the pitchers spot blank and fill that in at game time. Then, during the game, he can just lie down on the bench in the dugout and take a 9 inning nap. That's what he did today, when a little managing might have won the game. Milestone: The Rockies have now lost 81 games, meaning they can't have a winning season. Fortunately, that doesn't mean they still can't win the Western Division.

DeJean Sabotages Aaron Cook Effort

Another close one that they should have won but didn't have what it took when needed to be taken

August 30, 2005. Mike DeJean couldn't hold a 2-1 lead in the ninth and Cook watched another great job dissolve into another smelly loss. But wait a minute! What was DeJean doing in there? He's not the closer! Clint?

Rockies 2, Giants 1

Kim gets first road win in 7 tries

August 29, 2005. "Homerun" Holliday is finally living up to his nickname, and Byung-Hyun Kim is pitching lights out as the Rockies continue on their stretch drive for the NL West title. The winning run scored in the top of the fourth when Todd Helton walked, advanced to second and third on Holliday and Garret Atkins singles, and scored when Dustan Mohr hit into a double play. Kim pitched 7 innings yielding a lone run and no walks. Mike DeJean threw a scoreless 8th and Brian Fuentes put up a zero in the 9th for the save. The Rockies are now only 12 and a half games behind San Diego with 31 yet to play.

Padres Shun Sweep

Former Rockie Pedro Astacio Wins 4-3

August 28, 2005. The Padres dealt a blow to the Rockies pennant chances by eeking out a victory by the narrowest of margins in San Diego. "This was a big win for us. We didn't need to get swept by these guys," said Padres outfielder Ryan Klesko with obvious disrespect for the resurgent Mile High squad. He'll be choking on those words when Colorado passes them in September.

"Pops" Pops Padres

Todd "Pops" Helton Grand Slam beats San Diego 4-2

August 27, 2005. Helton launched a Grand Salami when he reached out and poked an opposite field dinger on a 3-1 pitch in the fourth inning. It was all the Rockies got or needed, as Sun-woo Kim, Jose Acevedo, Scott Dohmann, and Dave Cortes held the Pads to two runs. Cortes got the save, his 2nd.

Last Place Rocks Beat West Leaders

Francis Pitches Well Enough

August 26, 2005. Jeff Francis gave up only two runs in 6 and 2/3 innings and timely hitting and San Diego errors did the rest as the Rockies edged by 4-3. Thus they begin one of the greatest comebacks in Baseball history, 14.5 games back on August 25th to the pennant. And they will do it while posting a losing record! How's that for excitement, Rockies fans?

Colorado 5, Los Angeles (Dodgers) 4

Homers kill Dodgers and Brad Penny

August 25, 2005. Matt "Homerun" Holliday had a 3-run jack, and Dustan "Less" Mohr and Aaron "4 minute" Miles added solo blasts to account for all of the Colorado run in another 1-run road win. Aaron Cook (3-1) won his third in a row with a 5-inning, 2-run performance.

Miles Beats Dodgers, 2-1

Gonzalez Injury Proves Fortuitous

August 24, 2005. Aaron "4 minute" Miles drove in a run and scored the winner, then preserved the victory with a great play at second base. But for some reason Clint and the gang of idiots running the Rockies don't like Miles and plan to ditch him in the off season. If he keeps playing like he did today, Rube and the boys will look even stupider than they do already, if that's even possible. Byung-Hyun Kim pitched 6 and 2/3 scoreless innings for the Rockies, giving up only 3 hits to a dazed and confused Dodger team embroiled in a race scrum and an injury-fest that seems to have kicked the life out of them. It is only a matter of time before the Rockies pass them in the standings.

Wright Off Again

LA stomps Colorado, 8-3

August 23, 2005. Jamey Wright gave up 6 runs in the same number of innings and probably pitched himself right out of the starting rotation. Clint Hurdle, the Rockies temp manager, will probably not start Wright again because he is now tied for Major League lead in losses. Hurdle hates to have any benchmarks that people can point at and reflect badly on him. Sorry, Clint, you're not going to fool anyone into believing you have a clue. You don't.

Comeback City - Rockies Beat Cubs

Rockies bats flame out, Burn Maddux and Cubbies, 9-7

August 21, 2005. It was a typical Coors (Molson) Field homerfest, with eight of the big flies leaving the park, four for each side. The surprising part was that 3 of the Rockies blasts came off of Greg Maddux, the sure first round Hall of Famer who still pitches better than practically everyone but the Rocket. This is the benchmark game that has turned the Rockies around. Now they will make a run at the NL West pennant, with the greatest comeback in history, winning on the last day of the season.

 

 

Cubs Lose!

Aaron Cook disappoints Cub fans, Rox win 4-2

August 20, 2005. Aaron Cook continued his comeback by going 7 innings and only giving up 1 run on 7 hits. Mike DeJean pitched the eighth and allowed a run before getting out of a bases-loaded jam. Brian Fuentes finished up with a scoreless ninth. Dustan "Less" Mohr knocked in 2 runs with a third inning single and an eighth inning homer, his 14th. Todd Helton singled home a run in the first, before an error allowed the second one to stake the Rockies to a rare early-game lead.

 

How is Shawn Chacon Doing?

August 20, 2005. Chacon has appeared in 6 games for the New York Yankees, and has a 2-1 record with a 1.64 ERA! Needless to say, the Bronx Bombers are very happy to have him, especially in light of what they gave up to get him. See you in the post season, Shawn!

Cubs Win!

Visiting team feels at home in 5-3 victory.

August 19, 2005. The park fielded a big crowd, but the afternoon game felt eerily like it was at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field rather than Molson Field. Of the 30,175 in attendance, it looked like the 175 comprised the entire contingent of Rockies supporters. The rest wore their Cub blue and either cheered every play by their beloved Cubbies, or jeered at their mistakes. They even threw the ball back when the Rockies Jorge Piedra hit a homerun, just as they would have done back home in the Windy City. Once again, the Rockies mis-management were reminded that winning alone does not make a successful baseball franchise.

 

Shut Out Again

Wright picked wrong night to pitch; Rockies lose 2-0

August 17, 2005. Jamey "Boomerang" Wright continues to live up to his nickname, bouncing back from some horrific starts to put in seven innings of practically flawless hurling. Unfortunately, the offense was not interested in contributing, so Wright and the Wrockies lost, two-zip. Even worse, the opposing pitcher knocked in both runs with a bases-loaded single. I guess he was the only one who avoided the spell of the humidor.

Blake Street Breakout

Brewers win 6-4

August 16, 2005. Rockies ace Jeff Francis had another bad day in Denver. If he keeps this up, we won't be able to call him "ace" anymore. On the other hand, if he's too good, they'll trade him, so he's got to find a happy medium.

Blake Street Breakout

Slump, what slump? Rox Roll 11-2

August 15, 2005. Milwaukee's ace pitcher Ben Sheets started the game 8 and 8 with a 3.02 ERA and ended it 8-9 with a 3.54 ERA after being bombed by the Rockies to the tune of 10 runs on 13 hits. Colorado finally awoke from the long slumber at home and went totally nuts. Helton led the parade with 3 hits, and Holliday, Atkins, Mohr, and Quintanilla each chipped in 2. Helton and Atkins also launched big flies into the cool Colorado night.

Nationals Complete Sweep

9-2 defeat looks like the others, down 9-0 before finally scoring

August 14, 2005. Jose Acevedo only went 5 and gave up 7 runs, after retiring the first 9 batters he faced. The home team scored a combined 4 runs in the 3-game series, the worst in history. Aaron Miles and Luis Gonzalez knocked in the Colorado runs, and Todd Helton and Jorge Piedra scored them. Piedra and Jamey Wright had Friday's RBIs and Piedra and JD Closser scored the runs. This makes Jorge Piedra the overwhelming offensive hero for the Rockies in the series, with 2 RBIs and 1 run scored. Give that man a cigar!

Rockies Shut Out

Armas, bad fundamentals doom Rockies to only sixth home shutout in club history

August 13, 2005. For the first time in 99 home games, the Rockies were shut out by an opponent. And it didn't have to happen. With 13 hits, the home team had plenty of opportunities to score runs, but didn't seem to want it bad enough to try. The increasingly frustrated fans shouted out a number of suggestions to Hurdle, but the Rockies manager was oblivious, as usual. It's just as well, since some of them were physically impossible, and probably wouldn't have helped anyway.

Pesky Nats Sting Park Avenue Patsies

4-2 loss spoils good outing by Jamey Wright

August 12, 2005.  A familiar pattern exists with these young Rockies. They frequently get behind early by a few runs and appear to completely lose interest in the game. Today's game was a perfect example. After falling behind 3-0 in the first, the team played as if they couldn't wait to put it behind them and do something else. In spite of what seemed like constantly having runners in scoring position with less than two outs, Rockies hitters never showed any inclination to try to bring them in. Or maybe no one ever told them what to do with runners in scoring position. Either way, it isn't much fun to watch. It's a good thing Hurdle never does or he would be as frustrated as the fans.

Pirates Pummel Rockies Pitching

Colorado absorbs 11-3 drubbing, lose 2 out of 3 to lowly Pittsburgh

August 11, 2005. Jeff Francis gave up 6 runs in the first inning and nine in just over 3 innings, during which qualified for a bad day at Molson Field, where Francis has had mostly good days this season. "He was mediocre in Arizona and he was worse than that today," said manager Clint "Rube" Hurdle in an apparent attempt to rub salt in the wounds of the future star. Remember that, Jeff, when they offer you a mediocre contract sometime soon.

Rockies Win in 10

Helton scores winner on Holliday single in 6-5 victory

August 10, 2005.

Colorado Comes Back to Earth

Hurdle punishes Acevedo, leaving him out to dry as Pirates beat him up, 12-4

August 9, 2005. Jose Acevedo has been pitching well and making himself available whenever his manager needed him. As a reward, Clint "Rube" Hurdle, erstwhile candidate for worst manager of the year, watched Acevedo lose his stuff, but left him out there to get bombarded by the Pirates. Nine runs and 12 hits later, Hurdle finally let the exhausted hurler off the hook. Its great to "take one for the team once in a while, but a good manager should try to preserve the pitcher's self-respect, not to mention his ERA and health. Dodging line drives can be hard on the nerves.

But hey, it's only the fourth loss in the last 11 games, so it's all good. Unless your name is Jose Acevedo.

Are the Rockies the Hottest Team in Baseball?

Doubleheader sweep over Marlins, 4-3, 5-3, leave RocKies 7-2 in their last 9

August 8, 2005. Dustan Mohr made a great catch of foul drive in the 11th, then whacked a walk-off dinger in the first game, to make a winner of the resurgent Scott "Doh!" Dohmann. The Rockies started Kims in both games, with Sunny Kim just acquired on waivers from Washington in the first and Byung Hyung Kim in the second.

Back to Back Road Wins Again!

Two in a row again with a 14-7 laugher

August 6, 2005. Every Rockies starter had a hit and scored a run, but Arizona's sloppy play handed them the game on a silver platter.

Three for Four on the Road

Rockies Bunt 'Backs, 6-4

August 5, 2005. If you can't hit, bunt it and hope for errors, which is exactly what happened as Arizona couldn't handle the nubbers allowing the tieing run to score and the winning tally to get on base.

Hurdle Blows Rockies Chance for a Road Sweep

August 4, 2005. You could just see the scene from “The Natural”. The curmudgeon owner furiously paced around his luxury box because his team, against all odds, was winning a big game. He stomps to his desk and angrily punches the buttons that ring the dugout phone next to his management stooge. “Do something,” he growls, “If they win this game, the whole season could get out of hand”.

Hurdle hangs up the phone and calls the bullpen. “I’m getting Williams!” he whines, and quickly hangs up the phone and leaps up the steps to the playing field. As he sprints to the pitcher’s mound, he waves his left hand toward the bullpen. Meanwhile, the Giants’ announcers in the booth are incredulous, because the batter is Lance Niekro, a right-handed hitter who is much better, as are most righties, when batting against left-handed pitchers. In fact, Niekro is hitting .341 with 8 homeruns against port siders, and only .221 with 2 homeruns against right-handed throwers. So, by bringing in Larry Williams, the Rockies’ skipper was giving the batter a greater than 50% better chance of getting a hit than if the pitcher was left-handed.

Sure enough, Niekro hits a two-run double and the Giants win, 6-4 breaking the Rox 3 game win streak and spoiling a chance for a road sweep which would have been the first time since September 9, 2004.

More Inaccurate Reporting from the Denver Post

August 4, 2005. In today’s Post Sports Section, in describing the Philadelphia Phillies victory over the Chicago Cubs, the Post printed that the winning run scored on a passed ball. The box score on the previous page, however, shows no passed balls by either side. The winning run actually scored when Jimmy Rollins of the Phils stole home after Cubs catcher Michael Barret threw the ball to third trying to pick him off. Granted, the story was a feed from the Associated Press, but you would think that someone at the Post at least checked the stories for accuracy before blindly printing them, wouldn’t you?

A later AP story described the play thusly: “A mental mistake by Michael Barrett allowed the winning run to score in the ninth inning Wednesday night, and the Cubs lost 4-3 in Philadelphia. Barrett had Jimmy Rollins trapped between third and home after Pat Burrell struck out with the bases loaded, but the catcher threw to third too soon, giving the speedy Rollins an opening to dash to the plate. Burrell swung and missed wildly on a full count for the second out, but Barrett couldn't handle the pitch cleanly and was charged with a passed ball. Rollins broke for home when the ball squirted away, then stopped about 40 feet from the plate as Barrett picked it up. But after the rushed throw to third, the return toss from Aramis Ramirez was too late.”

The corrected account also mentions a passed ball, but it obviously did not result in the winning run being scored.

Three in a Row! Back to Back Road Wins!

Colorado wins two in a row in San Francisco? Pinch me, it can't be true!

August 3, 2005. "Don't Wake" Kim is doing his best Sandy Koufax imitation, beating the Giants by the Bay. And Ryan Shealy and Juan Gonzalez hitting consecutive homeruns in the second inning? Unbelievable! Next thing you know, they'll complete the sweep. Barry Bonds must be rolling over in his grave.

Stupid, Stupider, Stupidest - Owners Losing It

Rox management still whining

August 3, 2005. Charlie Monfort won't let it go, the Post can't get the numbers right, and nobody cares about the fans. Make no mistake about it, the Boston Red Sox are a class act. In the wake of all of the recriminations and bawling by the Rockies about a trade they were counting on and the Sox barely even knew about, Boston President Larry Lucchino offered to reimburse half of the cash that Colorado paid to Baltimore in the Byrnes/Bigbie deal. Can you imagine that? After Monfort called them crooks in the media, they are still willing to be gracious. Monfort responded by compounding the boneheaded actions of his management goon squad by turning the dough down, ostensibly "on principle". The principle must be a determination to always make the stupidest and most self-destructive move possible.

Meanwhile, in yesterday's edition, the Post said the amount was $200,000, but today it was mysteriously reduced to $150,000. They surely knew of the inconsistency, but didn't bother to explain it.

So, Monfort and his gang of flunkies has succeeded in leaving the impression that they got stuck with a bad player they don't want, which should excite the fans. And the head meatbrain turned down a free 75 or 100 thousand dollars that could have been used to make the year a little better for the fans, even if they only used it to replace all of those broken cup holders in the cheap seats. For a team as cash-strapped as Monfort claims the Rockies are, to turn down that much money is a crime.

The truth is that the Rockies got exactly what they wanted, even if they didn't realize it. Byrnes is signed to two years for $3 million plus after this year, in which he is getting $2.2 million. Bigbie is getting $380,000 this year and has a great deal of potential as befits a first round draft choice. He has good speed and power and could blossom into a star if he played for a team that had a clue how to be a winner instead of a whiney loser.

Rockies Win in SF!

First division road win since September 29, 2004

August 2, 2005. Jamey Wright pitched well and Matt Holliday hit the winning homer

Rockies Win!

Brilliant pitching by Francis, one big offensive inning yield 9-2 victory, avoid sweep

July 31, 2005. Charlie Manual, the Phillies manager, must have caught a case of that dreaded Coors Field Coma disease that haunted Don Baylor and has now spread to "Rube" Hurdle. You know the symptom - sitting on the bench humming softly while out on the mound the pitcher falls completely to pieces giving up runs in boatloads. The only thing that shook Baylor/Hurdle out of it was the fans chanting "Take him out!", or in one case, the pitcher throwing the ball over the backstop in frustration, prompting the umpire to do the manager's job. Manual didn't have a wake up call as he slept through the fifth inning and Philly starter Jon Lieber went from pitching a no-hitter to giving up 9 runs.

Ignominious Defeat, Part IV

Phillies Withstand Rockies, 8-7

July 30, 2005. It

Ignominious Defeat, Part III

Phillies Withstand Rockies, 5-3

July 29, 2005. It

Rockies Brass Bungles Trade

It's all rocket science to Rockies management

August 1, 2005. What's more pathetic than a multi-millionaire whining to the press that somebody welshed on a deal? Not much, actually. Its hard to imagine how a bunch of supposedly competent executives, as the Rockies top brass style themselves, could pull the trigger on their part of the deal when the other party was hedging their bets by saying it was contingent on approval of upper management. "We felt it was a formality," moaned Monfort.

So, the Rockies traded Eric Byrnes and $200,000 to Baltimore for Larry Bigbie, thinking that Boston would take Bigbie off their hands in exchange for catching prospect Kelly Shoppach and minor league outfielder Adam Stern. But, the Boston Brass decided not to make deal, much to the surprise of Monfort and the Meatheads.

"I am very, very disappointed in how the Red Sox handled the situation. I will talk with the commissioner, believe me. World Champions? If that's what it takes to be a World Champion, then people are right, we may never be one, because we don't operate and treat other organizations like that," Charlie M sobbed through clenched teeth.

We can only see a few things wrong with this whole event:

  1. Smart managers don't make tentative deals with underlings.

  2. Adept business people don't make deals on faith, they get it in writing.

  3. Nobody with a lick of sense performs their part of the deal, which can't be reversed, before the other party signs an agreement.

  4. Successful people don't whine about their failures to the press.

  5. The Rockies got rid of a potential star player (20 HR, 73 RBI, .283 Avg. in 2004), who had already garnered a following, and was a favorite of the national press.

  6. The Rockies got a 27 year-old player that had already been a disappointment in Baltimore. If the deal had gone through, they would have gotten Stern, who is a Juan Pierre type - speed with no power - that the Rockies don't want or need. In addition, they would get Shoppach, who is an excellent defensive catcher, with good power and no speed. If that's what they were looking for, they should have kept Henry Blanco. On second thought, isn't that Danny Ardoin?

  7. Since Byrnes looks like a better player than Bigbie, why did the Rockies throw in $200,000 in cash?

  8. Since their whole plan (purportedly) is to build from within, why are they trying to make these stupid trades for marginal players in the first place? Do they think they are going to make a last minute run for the division?

Chacon Traded to Yankees

Home grown youth movement, what home-grown youth movement?

July 28, 2005. Putting a lie to all of their public statements, the Rockies traded the 27-year old Rockies-developed former All Star, Greeley-bred Shawn Chacon, he of the team-best 4.07 ERA, to the New York Yankees for two Double A pitchers and financial considerations. Yes folks, it was a purely monetary deal, and now the Rockies' owners, better known as meatheads, have traded two of the crown jewels of their "Youth Movement", players signed to multiyear deals because of their importance to the organization, namely Joe Kennedy and Shawn Chacon. Perhaps they have changed their plan to "build from without" without telling anyone.

Ignominious Defeat, Part II

Phillies Withstand Rockies, 8-5

July 28, 2005. It took a couple of missed catches in the outfield, bobbled chances in the infield, one contested call at first base, and a multitude of bad Hurdle moves, but the Rockies finally managed to beat themselves Thursday night at Molson Field. You won't see any of it in the box score, but these were two lifeless teams determined to lose at any cost. The Rockies wanted it more and were willing to go to any length to insure that the outcome disappointed the surprisingly numerous and enthusiastic crowd.

Clint "Rube" Hurdle was the start of the show, carefully crafting each management decision to do the most damage to his young team blindly grasping for victory. First, he left an obviously spent Byung Kyung Kim in the game until he gave up 5 runs. Then he pulled his replacement while he was pitching well to replace him with someone who wasn't. Then, for some reason known only to himself, he inserted Mike DeJean when the game was on the line instead of the closer. But his true work of genius was using 3 consecutive pinch hitters in the 8th inning, all of whom were worse hitters than the batters for whom they were substituted. As a further consequence, Dustan "Less" Mohr, who pinch hit in the 8th for Sullivan, misplayed a fly ball by Philadelphia's Chase Utley that resulted in a 2-RBI double, virtually wrapping up the game for the Phil's and their primo closer, Billy Wagner, who retired the Rockies in order in the 9th. JD Closser, who struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth for Danny Ardoin (who was having a superb defensive game, throwing out two runners on the team with the highest stealing percentage in the Majors),  also had a passed ball in the 9th that probably allowed one of the two runs that scored on Utley's double. In short, not only was every Hurdle substitution ill-advised, they all backfired on him. He also made the cardinal mistake of using all of his position players in 8th, leaving him no one to pinch hit for the pitcher in the 9th, had it been necessary.

Ignominious Defeat

Mets Swamp Rockies, 9-3

July 27, 2005. Now Helton's absence is starting to show, but even the Todd of old can't help you when your starter, in this case Jamey "Something's not" Wright, gives up 9 runs by the fifth inning. The worst news was, with the loss, Colorado stands at 36 up and 64 down after 100 games, tying the 1993 expansion Rockies, a manifestly bad team, badly managed. However, the current Rockies are bound to pull ahead of the expansion team in the next two weeks, because the 1993 team was in the 4th game of a 13-game losing streak then.

"Pops" Gone, Rox Win Anyway

Beat Mets, 4-3

July 26, 2005. Helton couldn't play, but Colorado won anyway.

Another Home Win!

Beat Mets, 5-3, More Bad Luck

July 25, 2005. Todd "Pops" Helton continues to act prematurely old, as he strains his left calf running to first base for today's bad luck moment. This "Todd and the Toddlers" BS, has gone right to his head and he's performing like a 40-year old plus player, along with all of the injuries and diminished performance. Since the Meatmen don't plan on winning in the foreseeable future, they should move Helton to someplace where he can get comfortable and go back to being a young superstar, and maybe win a World Series. They could use the money to give themselves a raise and buy another gaggle of mediocre young players and pretend it's a youth movement. Oh, yeah, and Acevedo pitched fairly well and the Rockies beat the Mets.

Chacon Bad Luck Continues

Pirates cruise, 3-0

July 23, 2005. "Last Chance" Chacon pitched well again and lost, as usual, as the Rockies hitters all dreamed about their return to that hitter's paradise, Molson park, and forgot they had a game today. Still, it was the best road trip in recent memory, as they actually won 3 games!

Another Road Win!

Helton Blast Beats Bucs, 5-3

July 22, 2005. Todd "Pops" Helton ripped a two-run dinger into the right field seats to put the Rocks ahead in the top of the tenth. The lead held up on a magical night of firsts - the first extra inning game Colorado has won in four tries, and the first career save for David  "Corty" Cortes.

Unfortunately, the usual bad news reared its ugly head to curb tonight's enthusiasm: The team learned that Jason Jennings had fractured a finger during a slide in Thursday's game and would be lost for the season.

Back to Normal

Rockies lose, 8-1

July 21, 2005. Jeff Frances stumbled through five, giving up seven runs. The offense got 10 hits, but practically none when it counted, and a mediocre (at best) Pirate team cruised over Colorado in a laugher. Ho-hum, status quo again.

Rockies Win First Road Series at Washington!

Eek out 9th road win, 3-2

July 20, 2005. Groucho Marx came back from the other side to script this one. First Livan Hernandez, the ace of the Nationals staff plunks Desi Relaford with a pitch providing a free pass to first base. Yes, that Desi, the one who hasn't even smelled a hit in his last 29 feeble attempts. Then, Mighty JD Closser, the .207 hitter that isn't nicknamed "Just Defense" for grins, blasts a homer to give the worst team in baseball, possibly in baseball history, a 3-2 lead and eventual victory over the first place team in the National League East, the best division in baseball.

Both teams played with Marx Brothers spirit, with spectacular errors and base running blunders. In the end, the woeful blundering Rockies won the series against the Nationals, two games to one, proving that if you give a bad team 45 games, they will be able to win 2 of 3 once.

Now the Nationals know what "slump" means. After the game, the distraught DC starter Hernandez talked about not pitching again for the rest of the year. A loss to the Rockies will have that effect on you. You don't want to be a Nationals player for the next few days in Frank Robinson's clubhouse, believe me. It will be about as hospitable to the players as Congress is to Democrats these days.

More bad luck followed the Rockies, as usual, with starter Jason Jennings injuring two fingers on his throwing hand with an awkward slide, and reliever Juan Acevedo spraining his ankle. Both will be examined tomorrow to determine what action is necessary.

Chacon pitches well but Rox lose 4-0

July 19, 2005. Shawn Chacon pitched well, giving up only 2 runs in 7 innings. But bad luck follows bad teams and the Rockies had their share of it. It started with the whole team weakly managing just 4 hits, all singles. Then, Jeff Baker was hit in the thumb while running the bases, and may have suffered a season-ending break. Matt Holliday just made it back after breaking a finger while performing the stupidest play in baseball - the headfirst slide. But Holliday's return wasn't exactly triumphant, as he managed to do nothing in four trips to the plate, including 2 strikeouts. He did say it was feet-first slides only in the future. Preston Wilson's fortunes have changed, however, as he now plays for a team that does "the little things right". Wilson proved that by scoring the Nat's first run showing nearly blazing speed while scoring from first on a double. Ironically, Wilson spoke of doing anything to win after the game, while Holliday was whining about playing hard not being worth the risk. Ever since Hurdle took over, the Rockies have looked and sounded like losers, and lived up to it on the field.

Rockies Beat Nats 5-4

Another road win over 1st place club

July 18, 2005. It seems that the Rockies can only win on the road against teams in first place. After losing 3 in a row to lowly Cincinnati, Colorado went into the Nation's Capital and beat the NL East leading Washington Nationals.

Ironically, the winning run scored in the ninth inning on the second error of the game by former Rockies superstar Vinnie Castilla.

The Rockies 8 road wins now include 2 over first place St. Louis, and one each over then first place Baltimore and Washington. Other road victims include Florida, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Only the Pirates have a losing record.

Traded Wilson Slaps Rockies

July 18, 2005. Former Rockies center fielder Preston "Presto" Wilson was quoted as saying about his new team, Washington Nationals: "You can definitely see it. The little things get done a lot more here. It's more business-like. It's about baseball. Guys enjoy themselves, but there's nothing else besides baseball being talked about."

The obvious inference is that the Rockies:

  • are not business-like

  • do not take care of the little things

  • are not about baseball

  • find other subjects more important than baseball.

Not much of a surprise, actually. Let's see, take two meat packers and a trucking company executive, put them in charge of a baseball team and hire an ex-football player with no experience as president, a general manager with no clue, and hire a manager with no previous experience. What do you get? A baseball team that doesn't know how to play, let alone win.

Bruce Whitley contributed to this item.

Kiss Klis Goodbye!

More like good riddance as Post exiles hack to football coverage

July 17, 2005. Maybe there is hope for baseball in Denver yet. Without Klueless Klis denigrating the game, the team, the stadium, and everything else about baseball in this town, perhaps it can regain its reputation here. Read the entire rant.

Reds complete sweep, 9-4

With a lot of help from Clint Hurdle

July 17, 2005. Jamie Wright pitched 5 scoreless innings to begin Sunday's road game at Cincinnati.

In the sixth inning, got the first two batters, then gave up homeruns to Shawn Casey and Ken Griffey, Jr. Any other manager might have taken these two blows as a hint that Wright was tiring and should be pulled.

The next batter doubled, but did Rockies' manager Clint "Rube" Hurdle view that as an indication that Wright should be pulled? Nah. Instead, he showed that he didn't think Wright could get the next batter out by ordering Jamey to walk Adam Dunn, a .242 hitter who had been hitless today. At that point, you had to figure that Hurdle's next move would be to bring in a relief pitcher.

But no, "Rube" sat on his hands and watched Wright walk Wily Mo Pena. After that, even the stupidest manager in baseball history, Don Baylor, would have pulled Wright. But not Hurdle. On the next pitch, Javier Valentin hits a Grand Slam Homerun. Game, set match.

Reds Win

July 16, 2005. J

Rockies lose to Reds

July 15, 2005. J

Rockies participation in All Star Game nil

July 12, 2005. The only Rockies representative at the All Star Game in Detroit didn't play. Relief pitcher

Frances suffers first career loss at home

July 10, 2005. The Padres out slugged the Rockies at Molson the win the rubber game of the series, 8-5.

Lowest Scoring Game Ever!

First complete 1-0 game in Denver Major League history

July 9, 2005. Jason Jennings contributed 7 spotless frames and Jay Witasick and Brian Fuentes completed the shutout as the Rockies won the lowest scoring game in Molson Fields' history. The Rockies also won the only previous 1-0 game in Denver on August 10, 1994, but that game was called after 6 innings. It took 847 games at the current stadium to produce the one run game, the longest spell in Major League history. That says a lot about Rockies' pitching, doesn't it?

 

The only run of the game was scored by Aaron Miles on a double by Luis Gonzalez. Miles had reached on a perfect bunt single, something he had worked on diligently in the off-season. Coincidentally, the Philadelphia Phillies had the first 1-0 game in their new stadium on the same day - but, in the second year.

 

The Padres loaded the bases with one out in the sixth and two out in the ninth but were unable to score.

 

Padres Romp 12-2

July 8, 2005. Jamey Wright had and off day, as did the entire Rockies offense other than Preston Wilson, who crashed a 2-run homerun in the first inning to account for all of Colorado's runs.

July 7, 2005.

July 6, 2005.

Frances throws gem as Rockies beat Dodgers 6-1

July 5, 2005.

Dodgers beat Rockies

July 4, 2005.

Rockies at St. Louis

July 3, 2005.

Rockies at St. Louis

July 2, 2005.

Rockies at St. Louis

July 1, 2005.

Rookie Phenom Barmes Out for the Season!

Broken collarbone in mysterious circumstances

June 8, 2005. It took 9 screws and a titanium plate to repair Clint "Basher" Barmes left collarbone. At first, Barmes said he broke it slipping on the second stair up on the way to his 4th floor loft carrying groceries he had just bought at the convenience store attached to his Lodo apartment building. Later he changed his story, saying he was actually carrying frozen deer meat, a gift from teammate Todd Helton. Barnes and Brad Hawpe had spent the afternoon riding ATVs and having dinner at Helton's Greeley ranch. OK, the Baseball Observer is always willing to believe, but he's not that gullible, and is waiting for the real story.

Other 2005 Game Reports
 

2003 Game Notes

Name the year and games in the Rockies longest losing streak.

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Time Has Run Out!

No more Rockies game in Denver before the team moves to Portland. If you didn't go to a game,  it's too late!

Ticket Deals

If you buy $25 worth of stuff at King Soopers, and you have a SooperCard, you can buy up to 4 Rockies tickets for $5 each. (Do not construe this as an endorsement of the store or the card, or the deal, for that matter, which is significantly worse than in previous years.)

Spend $30 at any Rockies Dugout Store and they will sell you 2 good seats for $2 ea.

The Baseball Observer Predicts

2005 WORLD SERIES

Phillies beat Red Sox Obviously not going to happen. The Observer picked 5 of 8 playoff teams, though not quite in the right positions.

ROCKIES
55-107 (.342) and Last Place
OK, The Observer was wrong; the Rockies are a little better than predicted (actually the division was a lot worse), but still last.

EAST
NL: Braves | AL: Red Sox
Probably both right, but Sox could fail.
CENTRAL
NL: Astros | AL: Twins
Wrong on both counts here, as the Cards and White Sox won.
WEST
NL: Dodgers | AL: Angels
Dodgers out, Angels in.
WILD CARDS
NL: Phils | AL: Yankees
Phils chances are fading fast, Yankees may still make it. In fact, NY won the division and Boston was the WC. Astros were the NL WC.

MVP
NL: Jim Thome
Thome never overcame injuries.
AL: Vladimir Guerrero
Still has a small chance.
CY YOUNG
AL: Randy Johnson
NL: Pedro Martinez
Both will probably get votes, but neither will probably win.
ROOKIE
NL: JD Closser
AL: Dallas McPherson
Both bad choices, neither has a chance.

MANAGER
AL: Terry Francona, Boston
NL: Charlie Manuel, Phillies
The Baseball Observer stands by both choices, but realistically, neither will probably win.

 

We Couldn't Make This Stuff Up!

March 17, 2003
"The Dreamer"
Rockies Co-Owner Charlie Monfort bet Denver Post hack Mark Kiszla dinner that the Rocks would win at least 90 games in 2003! Only missed it by 16.

"Mad Science"
Rockies' management is actually (according to unreliable sources at the Denver Newspapers) considering building one or more hyperbaric batting cages under Coors Field so that hitters can practice hitting under barometric conditions similar to those at sea level.

"Expecting to Fly"
A quote from Jim Armstrong's Vacuous column in the Sunday, March 16, 2003 Denver Post:
Rangers manager Buck Showalter, recalling a conversation he once had with former Rockies coach Ron Hassey. "He told me: 'One of the worst things that happened to us is we got in the playoffs that first year at Coors Field. A lot of people don't realize it was a strike-shortened season. If we had played a full season, we wouldn't have been in the playoffs. It gave the organization some unrealistic hope.' " ...

More Proof Hurdle is a Buffoon -or- Why the Rockies Don't Win
February 19, 2003. Troy E. Renck reported this Clint Hurdle quote in today's Denver Post: "One of my pet peeves is hearing pitching guys talking about how guys throw in the bullpen. I was a hitting guy for a long time, and I never went in and told the manager that we needed to get a guy in the lineup because he hit well in BP. That dog doesn't hunt with me."


Why the 2003 Rockies are Not Like the 2002 Angels March 28, 2003. The Denver news media, not to mention the Rockies themselves, are spending a lot of time trying to convince fans that Colorado can be successful this year ...

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  • Ex-Rockies Factor Plays Out in Both Championship Series

  • October 17, 2003. Both participants got to the World Series due to the ERF (Ex-Rockies Factor).

  • The 2005 (And Last) Colorado Rockies

    The roster with The Baseball Observer's Nicknames

     

    Number Player Position
    62 Marcos "Rule 5" Carvajal RHP
    34 Shawn "Last Chance" Chacon RHP
    47 Scott "Doh!" Dohmann RHP
    26 Jeff "Not Bitter" Francis LHP
    40 Brian "Daisy" "Fuentes LHP
    32 Jason "Jaybird" Jennings RHP
    37 Joe "No Relation" Kennedy LHP
    49 Byung-Hyun "Don't Wake" Kim RHP
    45 Javier "Javy II" Lopez LHP
    51 Allan "Bart" Simpson RHP
    23 Ryan "Nolan" Speier RHP
    16 Jamey "Boomerang" Wright RHP
    7 JD "Just Defense" Closser C
    20 Todd "Jolly" Green C
    15 Alfredo "Freddy" Amezaga SS
    10 Jeff "Hot Bat" Baker 3B
    12 Clint "Budget" Barmes SS
    4 Luis "Speedy" Gonzalez SS
    17 Todd "Pops" Helton 1B
    6 Aaron "4 Minute" Miles 2B
    11 Brad "Bunny" Hawpe OF
    5 Matt "Homerun" Holliday OF
    22 Dustan "Less" Mohr OF
    31 Cory "Surprise" Sullivan OF
    44 Preston "Presto" Wilson OF
     

    Spring Training 2005

    Colorado Springs 5, Rockies 1

    April 2, 2005. Sky Sox stretch their record to 5-2 against parent club. 

    Rangers 11, Rockies 7

    April 1, 2005.  Rockies finish spring 17-14.

    White Sox 9, Colorado 8

    March 31, 2005.

    Cubs 5, Rockies 4

    March 30, 2005.

    Colorado 4, White Sox 3

    March 29, 2005.

    Colorado 7, Arizona 3

    March 28, 2005. 

    Colorado 3, Oakland 7

    March 27, 2005.  Rockies now 15-11.

    Colorado 7, Chicago Cubs 6

    March 26, 2005. 

    Colorado 5, San Francisco 1

    March 25, 2005. 

    Colorado 1, Arizona 3

    March 24, 2005.  Called after 5 on account of killer bees.

    San Francisco 7, Colorado 5

    March 23, 2005. 

    Seattle 12, Colorado 4

    March 21, 2005. 

    Colorado 6, Kansas City 3

    March 20, 2005. 

    Colorado 4, Oakland 3

    March 19, 2005. 

    Colorado 5, Arizona 2

    March 18, 2005. 

    Arizona 5, Colorado 3

    March 17, 2005.

    Rockies 5, Angels 2

    March 16, 2005.

    Texas 1, Colorado 0

    March 15, 2005.

    Colorado 11, Arizona 8

    March 14, 2005.

    Chicago 9, Rockies 8

    March 13, 2005.

    Brewers 17, Rockies 9

    March 12, 2005. In

    Rockies Win!

    March 11, 2005. In

    Rockies Win!

    March 10, 2005. In

    Rockies Win!

    March 9, 2005. In

    Rockies Win!

    March 8, 2005. In

    Rox Beat Royals 8-7

    March 7, 2005. In

    Buried By Texas 16-1

    March 6, 2005. In

    Rockies Beat Angels 7-6

    March 5, 2005. In

    Rockies Fall

    March 4, 2005. They had a chance, but that old familiar song began playing in the late innings as the relief pitchers failed to hold the White Sox, who surged to a 7-5 victory in the Rockies spring home opener at Hi Corbett field in Tucson.

    Rockies Win!

    March 2, 2005. In the first contest of the 13th and final season for Colorado Rockies baseball, the team cruised to an easy 8 to 4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Third baseman Jeff Baker was the hitting star for the Rocks, with a 3-run homerun in the 9th. Baker, Clemson teammate of San Diego rookie sensation Khalil Greene, hit .321 with 15 homeruns while splitting the season between single A Visalia and double A Tulsa in the Rockies farm system in 2004.

    FreshBaked.com® Losers for 2004

    First Place: Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning

    The beginning of the year found these three geniuses trying to quietly hold the National Football League and the San Diego Chargers hostage by telling them that Eli Manning, the projected number 1 draft pick, would not play for San Diego if they drafted him. They wanted the NFL to discreetly arrange for Eli to be drafted by a more acceptable team, i.e. one in a bigger media market and a better chance to make it to the Super Bowl than the Chargers, who had a 4 win, 12 loss record in 2003.

    Predictably, the NFL and the Chargers took offense at the sheer audacity and greed of the trio, and made the whole thing public, humiliating the Mannings. Then, all three Mannings publicly stated that the Chargers were not only the worse team in football, but were also liars and charlatans, and that Eli would never allow them to draft him.

    The next picture we saw, of course, was a smiling Eli holding up a Charger jersey as the team announced his selection as the first pick of the 2004 draft.

    Later that day, the Chargers laughed again, as they traded Eli to the New York Giants for a package of players and draft picks that could only be described as robbery, grossly in favor of the Chargers. 

    Later that year, the Giants proved to be a poor team, especially so with Eli at quarterback, where his record stands at 1 win and 6 losses as of the end of the year.

    Still later that year, Peyton and his team, the Indianapolis Colts, barely managed to beat the Chargers with a combination of home field advantage and miraculous lucky breaks, in overtime, by a field goal, putting to rest the Manning’s contention that the 12-4 Chargers are a grossly inferior team. Ironically, had Eli played for the Chargers, this would probably have been a triumphant moment for the family, with the two leading quarterbacks in football, and brothers, going head to head on the road to the Super Bowl. Instead, experts are predicting that Eli will never be a top quarterback because the Giants system is not designed to feature that position (coincidentally San Diego’s system does feature the quarterback, and Eli would have been given the starting job).

     To add insult to injury, Peyton Manning surpassed the mark for number of touchdown passes in a season, but experts are saying that record is tainted because new rules this year make it much more difficult for teams to defend the pass. As a further irony, the all-time touchdown wizard couldn't manage even one in the 20-3 blowout playoff loss to the Patriots, even though both of the Pat's starting cornerbacks were injured and did not play, and one of the safeties usually plays wide receiver.

    Second Place: PeopleSoft

    PeopleSoft, a vendor of mediocre-quality ERP software, had maybe the worst year in corporate history by a company that didn’t go out of business. ERP, by the way, stands for Enterprise Resource Planning, a euphemism for a complete company software system that provides programs to control virtually everything from Accounting to Manufacturing to Payroll, etc.

    PeopleSoft started the year out by buying a smaller competitor, and paying way too much, weakening the company financially. Then they spent the rest of the year stubbornly fighting off a takeover bid by a much larger company, Oracle. Fighting the merger cost the company over a billion dollars in sales and millions in legal fees, not to mention the damage done by neglecting their customers, shaking up their management, and destroying their public image. They eventually lost anyway and were taken over by Oracle, at a lower price than some of the previous offers, thus costing their stockholders even more money. Oracle promptly fired most of PeopleSoft's management.

    Other than that, PeopleSoft had a great year.

    Honorable Mention: The Colorado Rockies, for obvious reasons.

    Bye, Tug. We'll Miss You
    January 6, 2004. Tug McGraw, the guy with the cherub-face and the million dollar smile, who couldn't stop beating his knee with his glove, or making the big pitch when it counted the most, is gone. He died yesterday at his son, Tim McGraw's home in Nashville, of brain cancer at age 59.
    These days, with everyone screaming about Pete Rose, more time should be devoted to guys like Tug, who will never be in the Hall of Fame, but provided many of the Hall of Fame moments that make baseball the kind of game that continues to pull at the heartstrings of its fans, young and old, in spite of the slimy antics of many of it's protagonists like Rose and the Rockies management, to name but a few.
    So long, Tug. I, for one, will miss you a lot.

     
     
         

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