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Rockies Go Into Midsummer Classic With W

Posted by The Minkster on July 12, 2009

The Rockies position representative to the MLB All-Star game this week is heading to the Midsummer Classic flying high.  Brad Hawpe hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rockos a series split with arch nemesis Atlanta.  Seth Smith was on first with one out when Hawpe hit one in the gap in center field.  Seth’s wheels were fast enough for him to slide into home scoring the winning run and the Rockies to win 8-7.

Hugs all around in Coors Field after walk-off double by Hawpe.

Hugs all around in Coors Field after walk-off double by Hawpe. (David Zalubowski/AP)

After being down 4 runs twice in the game, the boys in purple never gave up and kept hacking away at the Braves’ leads.  Hammel had his first bad outing in awhile and only lasted 3 innings, but about half the bullpen had a good day.  Streeter did his job and shut the Braves down in the top half of the ninth to give his bats a chance to win the game – and they did!

After the All-Star game Colorado heads to San Diego for a three game series against  a division opponent that is having an off year.  Our boys should win that series if not sweep.  That kicks off a stint of three game series against West opponents and could really shake things up or put the Rox in a position to make a run at the Dodgers.  Enjoy the break and we’ll talk baseball again in about a week.

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Bandwagon Expands Routes

Posted by The Minkster on June 13, 2009

I consider myself one of the few original Rockies’ bandwagon drivers still covering routes (and routs).  Having been with the team since inception, I’ve been the only one on the wagon more than once since 1993.  Of course, during the good times people are hanging out the windows, jumping onto the the back bumper and hanging off the roof.  You remember what it was like during Rocktober?

Well, looks like people are starting to fill up the bandwagon again.  With the Rockos on a 9 game winning streak, a bullpen holding it together and a new manager at the helm, the fans clad in purple and black are starting to swarm Lower Downtown.  Cries of missing a Holliday are becoming more distant and the boisterous rumblings of Helton hanging up his cleats aren’t even as loud as a 3:00 pm stomach growl.  Hawpe (.330), Helton (.308) and Barmes (.292) are leading this latest offensive spurt and Dexter Fowler is emerging as a viable candidate for Rookie of the Year.  Tulo is finally inching that BA up after his usual early season jitters and Iannetta is looking good after a stint on the IR.  Let’s hope the boys in purple can stay hot through the All-Star Break and play above .500 after that.  Keep looking for that bandwagon, I’ll be coming to a neighborhood near you soon.

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