Friday, May 14, 2010

Rainout

The past week has been a frustrating, water-drenched week for the Colorado Rockies.  In fact, the presence of so many rainouts (now 3) has allowed people to stop and think about the team. So here's my thinking... The rainout is the perfect metaphor, literal or figurative, to how the Rockies season has gone so far.  When the rains come, the common thought is that the team will just take care of business just the same as they would have had the game been played, but procrastinate a bit. Basically, the Rockies are saying, "we might just be average now, but just wait till later when we're good."  Ah yes, they'll just hope the first half of the season is rained out so when it comes to crunch-time, there will be more opportunity to make up lost ground.

I've read some stuff about how the Rockies ownership needs to pony-up and buy some better players so the team can make a serious run at the World Series. I don't get it. They're beating the same drum every single year, regardless of the position or makeup of the team. Hello!? The Rockies have made the playoffs two of the past three seasons. Maybe give some credit to the ownership and GM who have constructed a successful business model. So once the team fulfills its goals, its then time to follow the same-old shit every other team has done through history? No... sports are not that simple. Unless you can purchase a pay-as-you-go-plan (the Yankees), you have to construct a foundation, and build from that, not change your previously successful business model.

Now is it possible that the team the Rockies management tries to construct just tend to be slow starters. With every good thing comes a bad thing, with every example comes a counter-example, for every ying there is a yang. So let's say the Rockies like to draft players that have good athletic prowess and have good raw talent. And let's say that these kinds of players tend to need more coaching and guidance than the average player. So wouldn't it make sense that these kind of players might take more time to develop during a season than the average guy? Essentially the Rockies have built a team that needs to be retaught and reminded about how to play the right way for the first two months of the season. But once they figure it out, they are able to put everything together and launch themselves up in the standings. That's my theory.

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