Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bullpen= ponypen?

Yes. Every Rockies game is not over until the last out is recorded and they start playing that silly music. Coors Field is a place where no lead is safe. This is true, yes, but it does not necessarily mean that a pitcher cannot make a clutch pitch. Coors Field's large outfield can't contribute to balls hit hard through the infield. The point is that the Rockies bullpen sucks. Even in games where we are blowing out the other team the pen decides to make it interesting. In Manuel Corpas' last six appearances he has given up 3, 1, 2, 3, 2, and 2 hits respectively. In that span he has given up 5 runs. Not exactly closer material. But the Rockies have not needed a closer in the games they are in. Their average victory margin is 4.87 runs in seven victories. A save can only be recorded in a 3-run lead situation, and in victories, the Rockies are beyond that. On the contrary their average margin of defeat is 3 runs per game. Subtracting the 14-2 blowout loss to the Dodgers on April 19 the average margin of defeat is 2.18 runs per game. That's when a bullpen is most needed. Most of these losses have been recorded in the later innings after the offense has established a lead. The bullpen is responsible for five losses. This means that at one point they had a lead, but blew it. Get it together and the team will be successful and win close games.

In other news I have to say that job applications suck. It's like getting lied to repetedly, until you have no more dignity, and eventually have to accept a sub-$8 job. My favorite lines include "we'll call you", "thank you for your application, you will be contacted within 2-3 weeks", and "thank you for your interest, but the position is filled. We will keep you in mind if a position opens up." I did what I was supposed to do: apply, send emails, make calls, and stop in. What else can I do? I make a call one day, and hear that I am being considered, then call back the next day and they act like they have no idea who I am. Thanks fuckers.

Good thing Tulo is the most popular player because he sucks.

Monday, April 13, 2009

What's your walk up?

I went to two Rockies games this weekend: Saturday and Sunday. We lost both, thus failing to improve my losing record when attending Rockies games. One of my favorite parts of being at Coors Field and cheering for the players is jamming out to their walk up songs. Ryan Spilborghs once again hit a bulls-eye with his selection of "Eye of the Tiger" as his walk up song. It's awesome. A song that actually builds up to an epic ending is what all players need. I expect big things from Spilly this year because of his walk up song. The other ear-catcher is Dexter Fowler, who alternates between two catchy hip-hop tunes (I don't recognize them, but I know I have heard the songs before). It's status quo with Helton, Atkins, and Hawpe. Todd thinks he's a country boy with the "these are my people, this is where I come from lyrics", Atkins still thinks he's 'hip' with his Timbaland selection, and Hawpe continues to be from Texas with his Nickelback-sounding selection. (It's a different song from last year, but still the same idea). But what I am most confused about is Tulo's country song selection. He is what he says he is, a SUPERSTAR, he has no fear, the crowd is here. But no. He's country. I have to believe that he is operating under some reverse psycology that bad songs make him play better. He had Lupe Fiasco's "Superstar" for the first month of last year, and he was awful. He's off to a good start with a country song, so maybe it will work for him. But once he settles in, I will have to track him down and ask him to change his song.
I would like a walk up song. I have not settled on something that would be a mix of cool and original. I could be human or dancer, I could ride through the veins of history, I could ride my bike with no handlebars, or I could melt someone's face off with an epic riff. Maybe there's an appropriate song for each day of the week, or maybe I need to settle. More on this later after I meditate upon it.
I am unsure whether to be optimistic about this season or not. We have potential at all positions, except the ass hole bullpen. I think if we can handle our division reasonably well and not fall more than 5 games under at any point we can finish above .500 and make a charge at the division. The D-bags overachieved in the past and will fall back this year. The AAA Padres will be no factor. The Giants overrate their pitching potential. The Dodgers pose the greatest threat. Their pitching is injured and possibly overrated. All their players are like the same person to me. What is the difference in Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and James Loney? They all look the same, have the same potential, and hit the same. Matt Kemp stands out because he and Torrealba got into a little shoving match last year which was awesome! But Manny can't carry that team for a season. If the Rockies can stay healthy then they have a good shot.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Restart

I decided to write again, more for myself.
Baseball is back and I am stoked. I have learned that it's not just about winning and losing. It's about spending three hours sitting in front of a TV, and having your friends complain that they're bored while I am having a great time. It's about sitting in a plastic seat at Coors Field far away from the action because I only wanted to pay $10. Mostly it's about the peace I feel when I am involved with something so simple, yet so great.

Ubaldo Jimenez dealt like a mafia drug dealer. What is more enjoyable than watching players swing right past 98 mph fastballs, then buckle to disgusting 74 mph curves? It makes me super stoked to know that an object the size of a baseball can make a grown man cringe, even though it passes three feet away from him. Strike three, class dismissed.

I hope that the Rockies get off to a good start this year. Finish off April 5 games over .500 so that people can forget about the cry baby that left the Broncos, and learn about some real character players like Tulo, Spilly, and Stewart. They care about their team. They care about success. They don't care about distractions. In fact, from my view, baseball is the distraction. I am addicted to a league who's sole purpose is to distract me. But I like it and it makes me happy, so I will gladly be distracted 162 times over the next 6 months.

The biggest professional distractor in my life is Bill Simmons. His podcasts are epic, and have killed my ability to do homework.