I managed to survive the holidays, Scrooge spirited and all. Well, I wouldn’t call myself a Scrooge, but the holidays didn’t seem to be anything special this year. We’ll see what happens a year from now.
I need to start the main focus of my blog out with a disclaimer. That disclaimer being: the title of my blog has absolutely nothing to do with my entry. I just like talking about baseball and am ready for the season to start so maybe I have more to blog about. The second part of the disclaimer is that I hate the Yankees. It’s not just because I’m a Red Sox fan, far from it. I think rivalries are great, it’s what brings up the competition and makes you want the win that much more. I mention the Red Sox fan thing because my dad had bought me a couple Rockies things for Christmas that weren’t my size, so I had to exchange them, and I’m trying to get more into the habit of using those like… cloth bag things, anyway, my bag was a Red Sox bag and the cashier was like, “You’re putting Rockies stuff into your Red Sox bag?!” Anyway, as if I didn’t know it already, people still seem to hate those Red Sox. I can’t blame them, but it’s my honest belief that the Rockies were just out played. They didn’t get to show everything that they’d learned and achieved throughout the season when it came to the World Series, which was a big disappointment to everyone. Anyway, back to the disclaimer, I have a very poor attitude toward the Yankees. I think their payroll is too high, they have some incredibly @$$ hole-esque players, and have terrible fans. Now, don’t get me wrong, the Red Sox also have a high pay roll, I’ve noticed Troy Tulowitzki can have… well… a bit of a temper, and we have some bad fans. I’ll be honest when I say that I take the Ted Williams attitude route when it comes to the relationship between a fan and a player, and the attitude that should be given, etc. The point of this disclaimer is to warn anyone who really likes the Yankess that I don’t. And by the way, yes, that is a picture of Alex Rodriguez wiping his face with a $100 bill, it’s important for later, so make a mental note of it. Also, laugh a little bit. I just got out of college and have acquired a lot of student debt, and have to move back in with my dad so I don’t have to pay rent, and here A-Rod is wiping his face with a $100 bill. Being poor in these crappy economic times, totally sucks… but not for someone rich like A-Rod. Okay, that was a terrible disclaimer, sorry, I talked about how much I hated the Yankees in my disclaimer rather than making it a warning about how I’m going to talk about how I hate the Yankees in my blog. Oops.
The Yankees recently signed Mark Teixeira to an eight year $180 million dollar contract. First of all, wow, that’s a lot of money. Teixeira’s contract will go down as the fourth richest contract in major league history!! And who comes in front of him? A-Rod was signed to a ten year $275 million contract with the Yankees; his being the richest in the majors. Before that, it was A-Rod yet again with a ten year $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers (at the time, being the largest in history and worth $63 million more than the guy who came in at number two) (this is also the part where the mental note of that picture comes into play). Thd third richest contract comes from Derek Jeter, ten years at $189 million. The next name in that list would be Mark Teixeira, followed by CC Sabathia at an eight year $161 million contract. Are you noticing some kind of a pattern here? I’d also like to point out, that when I tried to go to the Yankees website, my browser (Firefox) gave me this page. Really, I just thought it was hilarious. Anyway, so the Yankees will continue to have the highest payroll in the majors, coming in at like… $200 million or something. I almost feel like this begs the question: is this ruining baseball? Hmm… that question wasn’t phrased right, but I’ll leave it in. How can other teams compete with a team that can offer their players $275 million dollars?! The highest payed player on the Rockies, Todd Helton, has a contract that’s worth $141.5 million. How can clubs be expected to put in any kind of competition when teams like the Yankees can come in and crap all over everything? The Yankees, as much as I hate to admit it, are a team with incredible talent. Derek Jeter is one of the best short stops, Alex Rodriguez… hmm… well, he’s good too, Mariano Rivera is one of the best closers (I’d argue that I like Jonathan Papelbon better, but that’s the Red Sox fan in me coming out), Jorge Posada is a damn good catcher, and outfielders and big hitters like Johnny Damon (hmm… I would like to call him a traitor, but will only admit to wanting to call him that and not actually doing it) can put up the runs. The team is full of talent, why shouldn’t they get some of the best players? Everyone likes to win, but it’s that much more difficult when it comes to trying to get anywhere in the game. The Rockies were able to increase their payroll after making it to the NLCS and winning. Do the Yankees have that much money? They did just cut some big names like Jason Giambi, Bobby Abreu, Mike Mussina, and may others which saved them some… $90.22 million. But I mean, in these economic times, how can you afford to offer your players contracts worth $275 million? How can you afford such big names?! Perhaps I’m being unfair. Similar to last year, the Yankees had a payroll that was $200 million and it landed them the lovely spot of third in the AL East. Am I being unfair? Is my hatred of the Yankees clouding my judgment? Would I feel the same way if the Rockies had a payroll that was that big? I’m not sure. I realize that this is sort of a circular argument and that I’m not going to get anywhere trying to argue why I hate the Yankees and then try and justify it with the (currently) hypothetical questions about the Rockies. I just have issues dealing with the Yankees.
So, on with other things. With other teams going after Tim Redding, the Rockies seem to have set their sites on Cubs pitcher Jason Marquis. He’s shown great strength at Coors Field producing an ERA of 2.15 when he played here. Although Redding expressed interest in Colorado, Marquis may prove to be the greater strength in the hitters utopia known as Coors Field. We’ll see what the Rockies can go after. Some of our other prospects such as Juan Morillo and Franklin Morales (at least I think it’s him) have been doing quite well in the leagues that they’re playing for. Which reminds me that I really haven’t heard much about Manny Corpas or Huston Street. I wonder what’s going on with them and how they’re doing. But, a few blogs earlier, I wrote a “letter” to Tim Redding that said something along the lines of “if you were to come to Colorado, I would approve.” Well, the same goes for Jason Marquis, although his ERA at Coors Field only constitutes a few games, perhaps when it comes to full time pitching at altitude, it may turn out more difficult, perhaps I’m over estimating his potential.
Speaking of over estimating potential, I’m finding myself quite disappointed with the playing of one of my favorite players, Ryan Spilborghs. He’s playing down in the Mexican Pacific League. I was so sure that Spilborghs was going to prove himself to deserve the role of full time center fielder. I wrote throughout entries about his batting average, how much better he is than Willy Taveras, how he’s capable at bat. Well, in the league that he’s currently playing in, he’s gone 8-44. That’s really not that impressive, actually. However, I believe that deep down, I know that he’s better than this. That his current playing does not reflect his playing in the majors. He’s talented and good at what he does, otherwise how would he have gotten here? My hope is that the pressure of potentially playing center field full time isn’t getting to him. He’s better than an 8-44 record and once Spring Training rolls around, I hope he’ll prove it. After working so hard, it would be a large disappointment to see the position go to Seth Smith or Dexter Fowler; both of whom are excellent players, but are also young and have a lot to learn. Of course, I heard that Seth Smith was supposed to possibly be playing left field. I can’t remember now. Either way, Spilborghs can bounce back and prove that he’s worthy of a full time position.
If I were to write a letter to one of Colorado’s most longed after prospects, it would go something like this:
Dear Tim Redding,
If you were to come to Colorado, I would approve.
With Redding’s agent Tom O’Connell saying that Redding is expressing interest in Colorado, maybe we can add some pitching talent. Although it’s not the way that the Rockies desired, with Taveras out of the way, we could put Ryan Spilborghs into center. Anyway, with our pitching rotation consisting of Aaron Cook, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Jeff Francis, Redding would be a welcome addition. While each pitcher is incredibly talented, they all have their weak points as well: Cook has injuries, Jimenez can lose control, and Francis needs to learn how to command the field. Redding’s six years of experience behind him will help out when it comes to pitching. Not only that, but with all the possible prospects: Greg Smith, Franklin Morales, and Jason Hirsh, it will demand everyone to step up their game.
One of the things that is on my mind is Manny Ramirez. I was watching Around The Horn,
definitely one of my favorite shows, and they were talking about how no one has stepped up to the plate (yeah, baseball pun) on grabbing for ManRam’s contract. Although the Dodger’s had expressed interest, they revoked their offer to him. In his fifteen years of experience, he’s come out with 527 home runs. In my personal opinion, I can’t help but think that there’s not too much of a surprise that no one is leaping at the opportunity to sign him to a contract. I can certainly tell you right now, that the Red Sox fan in me doesn’t much care for him. In fact, I think that if it hadn’t been for David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez would have been the DH. There was this one incident in 2004 that always makes me laugh: it was during the ALCS, but I can’t remember exactly what happened, there was a long ball that I think Johnny Damon ended up getting, and he went to throw it to short (I think short) and Ramirez made this diving catch to cut it off. It was kind of like, “what are you doing?!” Then after that, Manny Ramirez caught a high fly ball and then ran up and high-fived someone in the crowd. It’s kind of hilarious, actually. Anyway, his attitude has never impressed me, and so, I can’t blame people for not taking up his contract. I don’t, repeat do not think that he is a bad player. He’s incredibly talented, in fact. But, his agent is Scott Boras (yet again, I must mention his name) and that means that they’re looking for the bucks. Anyway, I’m sure that someone will pick up Manny. He’s expressed that he doesn’t want to retire until he’s hit at least 700 home runs. He gives fans what they want, and I guess, as long as he has a good time doing it, that’s what matters. Does that sound contradictory to what I’ve been saying? I don’t know. I guess my thoughts are that the guy just made $20 million this past season, so if it’s money he’s looking for, he should… well, knock it off.
The last thing that I would like to say is that I’m about to graduate. I feel as though I should be more excited for it. Not excited that I have to be there at 8:15 in the morning (it’s called sleep people), but at least have some kind of nerves or be slightly emotional. Anything. I’m on Facebook, something that has potential to be a cult, and I wrote in my status that I was more relieved to see Garrett Atkins’ name remain on the roster than to be finished with school. Hmm… obsesso much? But I feel like I should be exhilarated, anxious, something. I’m about to go out into a terrible job market and hope that my letters of recommendation get me a job (preferably one with the Rockies, but… hmm…. we’ll see). Shouldn’t there be something about me that’s scared? Or should something have been like… a punch in the face telling me that this is real? I have some kind of head chest cold weird thing, and I should probably go to the doctor before my insurance runs out. Should I have taken this as a sign? I don’t know. I don’t feel like I’m graduating. Maybe it’ll take the ceremony in and of itself for me to be like, “oh crap, now I’m graduating and have to go get a job.” I don’t know. But I guess we’ll see after tomorrow’s ceremony… tomorrow’s two-hour, horribly boring, 8:15 in the morning ceremony. Looking forward to it.
The Rockies have recently acquired Alan Embree. It’s kind of exciting, because I watched him with the Red Sox in 2004, and it was neat. I’m also excited because he kind of looks like a chipmunk, which is funny and exciting. Hopefully he’s a lefty that we’ve been looking for. I don’t know what his stats look like from the A’s, but I hope that he’ll perform well with us. Last I heard, the Rockies were close to signing Glendon Rusch to a one year deal and are still waiting to hear from the lefty. If he doesn’t come back, well, I wouldn’t necessarily count it as a loss. As I stated before, I haven’t kept track of Embree since he left the Red Sox, so maybe he’ll come in and won’t impress me very much. We’ll just have to see how he does once Spring Training roles around.
The Rockies have many things going for them though, pitching wise. Franklin Morales and Ubaldo Jimenez are among the top openers for this upcoming season. Jimenez has been clocked at over 100 mph on some fastballs. And we’ve got Embree, Ryan Speier, Luis Vizcaino, and Taylor Buchholz, all of whom seemed incredibly capable last season. Speier, when he was called up, performed great, and the only time that I really got mad at Buccholz was that balk that walked a guy home and won the game. That was kind of a big deal, but it was a dumb mistake, and hopefully it won’t happen again. The Rockies are also unsure about whether or not they’ll release Willy Taveras into free agency. As far as I’m concerned, whatever happens with that will happen. I know the Rockies are looking at moving Ryan Spilborghs into a full time center field. After the trade with Holliday, my original thought was that they would put Spilborghs in left field, this was because Spilly had been playing left more frequently. Seth Smith is now a possible prospect for this position, which is okay as well. He was often called in as a pinch hitter and performed pretty well. He has big shoes to fill, though.
So, enough with the deconstructing thoughts on baseball. In recent news, come Saturday, I’ll be a college graduate. Hurray! Now, I get to go into a crappy economy and find a job in a market where no one is hiring. I’m so excited for that… only not really. I also had a guitar lesson today, which was awesome. I’ve been playing guitar for almost three years, but I’m entirely self taught, so really, I suck; but my teacher disagrees. He specializes in blue grass, and he told me that I have the capabilities to start playing the harmonica with my guitar, which is apparently really hard for some people and he doesn’t really recommend it to most of his students. That was weird because the harmonica always seemed like such an old person instrument, but I’m actually excited and am considering purchasing one. My teacher also thought that I was good enough to go to an open mic and perform there. That’s a stretch because I’m all freakishly shy until you get to know me. But I was really flattered by the comment, and would actually maybe like to do it some day.
Also, I’ve been watching South Park while writing this blog, and it was the World of War Craftone, and it made me laugh. And now I’m watching one about pan flute bands. It is also funny.I guess that’s all.
After long debating and not being able to resist the call of my computer, I have opted to blog rather than to study for my final… that is tomorrow… at 8 am. And if you knew anything about me, you would know that I am definitely not a morning person. But, instead of thinking about people’s personality (I’m a psych major), I find myself thinking about the Winter Meetings. How could I not? It’s only going to assist in deciding the future of the club that I so freakishly obsess over. So, let me begin by… complaining. Doing probably what I do best when it comes to my thinking about what the team is doing.
Glendon Rusch. Really? You really want to resign that guy? He’s not that impressive. With an ERA of 4.78 last season, he’s really nothing special. I understand this need for lefties, really Ido. But you don’t want to find your lefty in Rusch. Especially not for a starting role! The Rockies can just do so much better. And if you’re asking yourself “how can they do better?” I don’t know. But I do know that I’ve seen Glendon Rusch play, and while he can pull off a win, it’s like an anomaly. Okay, maybe I’m stretching the truth slightly. Pitching takes talent, and while the Rockies aren’t a big club that can go after big names, they can certainly get somebody better than Glendon Rusch. There are a lot of free agents out there, the Rockies have to be able to afford at least one of them. Come on.
The next thing is trading Huston Street. It’s like this is “make all the decisions that can ruin Emily’s life” day. Did anyone payattention last season? Did anyone see how Manny Corpas performed? If not, I can answer that question: not well. In fact, he lost the closing role because he performed so poorly. We have
some good relievers: Ryan Speier, Jason Grilli, Luis Vizcaino, and Taylor Buccholz (who is ridiculous awesome). Granted, of those, no one is a lefty. Not the point. Since Brian Fuentes has given the “thanks but no thanks” shenanigans to the Rockies arbitration offer, they now definitely need a closer more than ever. And if you recall, Corpas
was not anything to brag about. So unless a deal comes along that pretty much says, “if you refuse this deal, you’re clearly an incompetent idiot if you don’t trade Street” comes along, there needs to be someone there competing for that role. Now, who knows? Maybe
Corpas will astound us all and play the way he did during the 2007 post season. That’s how everyone expected him to operate this year, and that’s why everyone’s expectations were let down. Okay, so I’m a jerk, and I’m probably wailing on Corpas far more than he deserves. But really, even Greg Maddux had some unpredictable set backs throughout his career, and I’m just making it a point to be prepared. And, it could go the same way for Street, maybe he’ll just end up screwing us all over and I’ll have to go back and say how sorry I am for being all mean and not having any kind of faith in Corpas.
The next thing, I won’t go into too much detail about because I’ve been incredibly repetitive with my thoughts. It is time to get rid of Willy Taveras. If a team is interested, send him off. The guy is good, but giving Ryan Spilborghs a starting role will be very beneficial to the team. I really haven’t talked very much about the complete amazingness that Ryan Spilborghs is. So, let me just go off that for a little while. He’s not a big slugger, and his injuries last year set him back. However, he still finished the season off with a .313 average. And yes, I can picture my friends who think that I need an intervention reading this and thinking “she’s just saying that because she’s completely in love with the guy.” No, that’s not true… well… not entirely true… Ryan Spilborghs has amazing potential. He performed phenomenally when he was coming off the DL and playing for the Sky Sox.
So after all my complaining, I have a thank you to make. Thank you to whoever got that picture that Garrett Atkins should NOT be traded. Man, what did I have to do to get people to realize that we needed to keep our slugger? Why was there even talks about him being traded in the first place? Why did that have to happen?!?! People having to scare me about trading Garrett Atkins. Man. But, now that talks of him staying seem to be rising, I don’t have to worry as much… as much, being the key word… s. Words. Although Jeff Blank has gotten the ball rolling about keeping Atkins in Colorado, there is still no guarantee of that. So, hopefully a multi-year contract will be well on it’s way, and I can rest in peace that my other favorite player (Spilborghs being the first) will stay in Colorado for some time to come.
Originally, I thought I would write a blog that didn’t have anything to do with baseball. Just something that was about me in all my glorious awesomeness. Ha ha, not really glorious, just regular awesomeness ;-). But I thought after blogging nonstop about baseball, maybe it was time that I write a “normal” blog. One that’s more about me rather than the ramblings about what I think about the Rockies. So I started one, then I published it, then I deleted it. First of all, it was like, the worst thing I’d ever written in my life. My blogs, when I write them, I’m passionate. Can you tell? I hope so, because a lot of thought, thinking, debating goes into my blogs. I write about what I feel about baseball in my blog. I write about my love (or obsession) of a team. The blog that I had written about me, it felt empty. It lacked passion, there was no heart. As I was writing this, I had an epiphany; not that I needed it though, but it was: I can’t live without baseball. I thought I already knew this, my friends always make fun of me and are considering seeking professional help for me. At least, last I knew, it was still only at the “considering” phase.
Back in high school, I was completely obsessed with hockey. It was my life, I knew everything about the Avalanche, and I would never miss a game. After the lockout, there was a void in my life. I never quite got back into hockey, although I’m trying to now. But it just wasn’t the same, plus, I couldn’t get the channel that it was played on. So, there was just this emptiness where I couldn’t devote my fanhood to anything. Then, baseball came along. Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t jump on the Rockies bandwagon once they made it to the NLCS. I was still a Red Sox fan. Now, to anyone out there thinking I am a traitor for being a Red Sox fan, I’ll have you know… that’s ridiculous. I was indifferent when it came to the World Series. It would have been so freaking amazing to see the Rockies win for the first time, but if the Red Sox were to win, I wouldn’t complain. In fact, there wouldn’t even be this “rivalry” had neither team made it to the World Series, so technically, my belief stems from this idea that there isn’t a rivalry at all. People just hate Boston and call them the new Yankees, which they are NOT. But that’s a different tangent that I shouldn’t go on about.
The point was this, I can’t live without this sport, this past time, whatever you want to call it. It’s what I breathe. I’m now searching for a job in sports psychology, my dream: working for the Rockies. I can picture some cynical person trying to make a snide comment like, “why not go work for your precious Red Sox?” Well, the fact is, they’re not in need of it. And this isn’t supposed to come off like, “Oh the Rockies are so terrible, they obviously need my help.” Right now, I’m interning at a domestic violence safe house. My goal in life is to help people achieve their very best, it’s what I want: to see other people succeed. I would love nothing more than to see the Rockies succeed and I want to be part of the reason they do. Even Ted Williams, one of the greatest hitters of all time (and yes, he’s a Red Sox player) said that 50% of hitting is above the shoulders. That means it’s mental. You couldn’t ask me about any time when Ted Williams played, by the way, I wouldn’t know… something like the… 30’s…? That’s a guess. Anyway, I have a lot of respect for the guy, is the point. One of the best of the best, in fact, someone who is considered the best of all time, will (or would have, he’s dead now) tell you that at least part of the game is mental. That is why I want to be a sports psychologist. To help people become the best of the best.
I’m in the computer lab at my school, and I’m hearing people talk about being a school psychologist. I believe that’s all well and good, and I could devote my time to something like that… that is, if I actually knew what to do with children. But as I said before, I can’t live without this. I can’t go a day without thinking about baseball, without wondering how that California weather is treating Garrett Atkins, without wondering if Ryan Spilborghs is worried about playing Left Field, without pondering if Huston Street is preparing for the challenge of fighting for closer. Yeah, these are things I think about. This is what I breathe, it’s what I live for, it’s what I do. There’s nothing in this life that I think about more than baseball… school comes close though… er… sort of. But I know, for certain, this is what I’m destined for.
Now, this, this blog, that actually has passion in it, but also tells you about me, this is worth publishing.
Now that the trade with Matt Holliday is pretty much official, there’s another thought looming over the minds of Rockies lovers: what will happen to Garrett Atkins? Nothing official yet. He still has two seasons in his contract, but the odds that he’ll be sticking around here seem to be slimming as the days drag on. The prognosis of this situation: well… not good. But that’s not how it should be. In fact, keeping Garrett Atkins would be optimal for the Rockies.
I understand the need for pitching. It makes a lot of sense, in fact. Pitching is like 90% of the game. But do you really want to get rid of your strong players? The one’s who brought you to the World Series? That seems ridiculous. And Garrett Atkins has been an incredibly strong player. His stats reveal it. Like all players, he’s had his up and downs, but his career stats are beyond stunning. In 2005, he had 89 RBI’s. Ten less than he had this season. But this season was pretty bad for everyone. As you know, the Rockies fell from being the NLCS champions to ten games behind. 2006 was absolutely his best season, he had 120 RBI’s and 29 home runs. Not only that, but his OBP .409 and his slugging average is .556. Amazing stats. His 2007 stats fell a little, but not much. With 111 RBI’s, 25 home runs, and a slugging average of .486. This was the season that the Rockies went to the World Series. This past season, his stats took a small beating. Made 99 RBI’s, 21 home runs, and a slugging average of .452. Yes, his stats fell, but that doesn’t make him an inconsistent player.
What you’re losing is so much bigger than just a player. Garrett Atkins was signed into the organization as an amateur. It was through this very organization that he grew into such a phenomenal player. For me, getting rid of Atkins is getting rid of a piece of history. I know what you’re thinking, “in 2004, getting rid of Larry Walker was getting rid of a piece of history, and some how fans got over it, you’ll get over this.” That is where you’re wrong. This team compromises my life. There’s nothing that I know better than this team, it’s my life, it’s what I can talk about with people, it’s why I started a blog dedicated to this very subject.
Maybe Atkins was being nice when he said that he wanted to spend his entire career here. Who wouldn’t? A great club, great friends, and thousands of fans who love you. Trading Atkins away is something that I’d never get over. Losing Holliday was bad enough, and yeah, it was like losing a piece of my soul, but Atkins would take a far worse toll on me. It would be like losing a part of my life. Once again, I can picture you saying, “oh, don’t be so dramatic.” But it’s true. Garrett Atkins and Ryan Spilborghs compose my wallpaper (on my computer, just to clarify; it’s not like I’m one of those teenage girls who puts their posters all over my wall… although if they made them… ha ha, just kidding). Any one who knows me knows that this team is my life, these guys are what I know.
We’re in need of a closer. Why not keep Huston Street? Manny Corpas has proven that he is not going to be a good option for a closer. Taylor Buccholz, although a good option, lacks the experience to be put into such a high pressure position. Huston Street has the experience, and despite the set backs he experienced last season, he would still make a better closer than Manny Corpas. It sounds like the Rockies are looking to trade away Huston Street and possibly throw Garrett Atkins into that deal. Boo. That’s all I have to say to that.
You’re throwing away a player who has spent his entire career with the Rockies. Even Clint Hurdle said it was ridiculous to think that we’d be getting rid of two of our strongest players. That’s right, our strongest players. Yes, it’s “part of the business” to trade players and move them around, but it’s also true that you’re getting rid of a piece of history; someone who has spent their whole career with a franchise. Someone the fans know and love.
I don’t expect Garrett Atkins to read this and be like, “oh, someone out there loves me.” No, that’s a completely stupid idea. As much as I would love for him to realize how much he means to his fans, it’s not going to happen. Just like Dan O’dowd won’t read this and be like, “hmm… this person’s right, Atkins is a great player.” No, that’s just as stupid. But I wouldn’t mind if someone realized it. I just want to reassure myself, I guess, that if Garrett Atkins goes, he left leaving at least one person with a heavy heart. Bleh, what a chick thing to say. If Atkins goes, it’ll be yet another devastating move that O’dowd makes to a team that has already suffered a huge loss.
So I did want to dedicate a blog to Garrett Atkins, which may sound pathetic. But I wanted the world to know, that yet another piece of Rockies history may be lost this off season. And whoever will pick up Atkins, if and when he is traded or a free agent, will be one luck son of a… gun.
This day was bound to come. In the slightly skewed words from V for Vendetta, “Remember, remember, the eleventh of November.”
It’s time for Rockies fans to say goodbye to that famous number five uniform. After hearing about the talking, the dealing, the speculation for so long, the day has finally arrived. Imagine seeing one of our biggest stars put on an Oakland A’s uniform for the first time. The new face of the Rockies will now be nothing more than a memory and a phenomenal player in a green uniform. The A’s have no idea how lucky they are.
In this exchange, we’re receiving three players from the A’s: Greg Smith, Huston Street, and Carlos Gonzalez. We’re in desperate need of starters. Greg Smith could be an excellent addition to the team. Although he has an ERA of 4… something, he’s young. The fact is, we’re not just in need of starters, we’re in need of pitchers in general. Huston Street could be worth it, despite that the Rockies are talking about trading him away as well. In fact, if you’re going to keep a reliever, it better be Huston Street over Glendon Rusch. In my opinion, Rusch isn’t anything special, and Huston Street is a better prospect than he is. Carlos Gonzalez is a very young player, and very new to the scene. He could easily be molded into a great player.
To search for the silver lining in such a deal almost seemed impossible. Yeah, we were getting three guys for one, but that one is one of the best in the business. Ryan Spilborghs, who I have to admit is one of my favorite players, will hopefully be put into a starting position in left field. With more playing time, that could develop him into a better player; one that, could never replace Holliday, but be good in that position. The next thing that I have to keep telling myself is that free agency is just one year away. There’s possibilities that we’ll realize we made a mistake and want Holliday back. He’ll come at a price, but it’ll be for one of the best in the business. If we don’t get him back… well, I’d prefer not to think of that. But maybe he’ll take the EY approach and retire here, not that he’s anywhere near retiring. It’s really early to start thinking like that.
The title, maybe it was a little over dramatic, but it’s also true. To see one our best players go, it hurts. But there’s hope in the future. I’m excited to see one of my favorites, Spilborghs, play at a full time position. We’re in need of pitchers, and free agency is one year away.
Oh wait… there’s more. With all this buzz in the air about the one and only Matt Holliday, what will happen with Garrett Atkins? The best hope is that he’ll choose to stay with a fine franchise and will develop into an even better player than he is now. The prospect feels small, with Helton returning after surgery and Ian Stewart not backing down at third, will there be a place for Atkins? The man has only shown improvement throughout his career, the very thought that he might be in a trade deal almost seems… ludacris. To loose one our best was bad enough, but two? Yeah… it would definitely be like dying a litle inside.