Rockies, Giambi, and the Hall of Fame? Really?

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I had another topic I was going to use, but I’m moving it to Thursday, in light of another article.

ʞaught looking

According to Google Maps, it is 1775 miles from Coors Field to Cooperstown, New York. It would theoretically require 28h of travel time (realistically, it’s more like 48h). Also, make sure you bring your piggy bank, since you’ll be paying tolls in Indiana and Ohio. But don’t tell that to the Rockies. Almost 20 years later, and they still couldn’t even buy a vote to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, if that was possible. And it being that far away, is probably either in a big void, or too high for the writers to look up.

As I read Denver Post article delivered by Troy Renck (@troyrenck), it got me thinking. I was thinking that maybe all of us Rockies fans are looking at the wrong people to get in the Hall of Fame. What if it is someone we could identify as a leader in disguise?

Right now, the Rockies still face an uphill battle to convince people that we play real baseball at Coors Field. Since 2002, the humidor was introduced to manage the manufacturer’s specifications for baseballs. That mean yes, we actually have the correct equipment. Take that New York! :P Sorry, I get on my soapbox and see red instead of purple every time someone accuses us of either cheating (like the San Francisco Giants in 2010), or tries to compare Coors Field with the Moon. It’s like discriminating against Rosa Parks, or saying that all Muslims are terrorists, or that Californians are a bunch of elitists snobs. Not only are these bad stereotypes, it’s wrong and (in certain cases) illegal. Please do your research, and you’ll find a bunch of 1-0 games, and even a pitcher by the name of Ubaldo Jimenez who had success at reducing Coors Field’s reputation to being a regular hitter’s ballpark.

Yet, the only ones who have tried to pave their way in are those among the Blake Street Bombers, and this was in the 90s, before the humidor. Therefore, they are all subjected to the east coast bias. None of them may make it, though Larry Walker is on the ballot this year. He will probably stick around one year, but the future isn’t great, even if we consider that Renck thumbed down Walker on this year’s ballot. Yet, I’ve heard writers with voting privileges say they will never vote for anyone who has played for Coors Field, which is a bigotist view and sad as a member of the KKK, or Occupy Wall Street. The next person with any chance to make it would be Helton, when he retires within the next couple years.

But what if I suggested that the first person would be an unlikely source, and wouldn’t represent the Rockies directly? How about Jason Giambi? Yeah, this would be a huge shock on many levels. Before I begin, I’ll just say I didn’t look at his numbers before I considered this. But I will say that he has a few advantages: He has a few great years on other teams. He also is one of the only players from the so called ‘steroids era’ who doesn’t have a controversy around him, despite admitting to using them. And while it has no impact on candidacy, he has a great attitude, and contributor to others in the game. Now, the negative: 1. Steroids are always negative, no matter what. 2. he doesn’t put up great numbers, especially in the Rockies portion of his career. 3. He has been on the Rockies, a team that still gets negative votes for existing (thank you East Coast bias). Now, while I don’t think he’ll get in, I can always try.

Well, at least we can still hold faith that the Toddfather will be the first, and can finally show ESPN he is a legitimate candidate… Just don’t board the bus to Coopersville yet. It’s not ready to go.

PS. According to Andrew Fisher, Giambi’s numbers aren’t sufficient to warrant Hall of Fame status, regardless of his steroid use. But one can always dream? :)

Today’s post is brought thanks to the following: Christina @cjensen23, Audra @audinco, Andrew @Poseidonsfist, Ed @edwscott

Under further review

Before I continue with the action in sports, I would like to thank Dave Krieger for his time chronicling the Rockies. From this tweet by the Denver Post:

Columnist Dave Krieger leaving Denver Post for KOA radio

I’ve heard him on KOA since mid-last year, and he is a great personality. I believe he already fits in with Dave Logan on the Dave Logan show (3-7pm daily). Good luck.

I’ll first start with the Colorado Eagles: A quiet week, as they were home this past weekend vs. Las Vegas Wranglers. They easily took the Friday game, but had a memory lapse in the Saturday game, allowing 4 unanswered goals within a 2 minute duration. Let’s hope this never happens again. Next game is home vs. the Utah Grizzlies Wednesday 7:05pm. Listen in on 107.9FM in NoCo*, or station KPAW on iHeartRadio.

The Colorado Avalanche, like their NoCo cousin, also split a weekend pair of games. But their 4-game road trip starting with the New Year’s Eve game looks nicer losing only 4-0 on Saturday in St. Louis. They come home to take on Nashville tomorrow night starting at 7pm.

How the Broncos made it to the playoffs is one story. How they did on Sunday is another. And the world overwhelmed twitter again with a 29-23 overtime win by the Broncos. To bring this back to a Rockies point of view, today’s Rockpile from Purple Row describes how I feel.

And finally, @TracyRingolsby and @TroyRenck both just reported that former starting pitcher Aaron Cook is going to Boston on a minor-league deal pending a physical. Good luck.

Sliding home

My final quote comes from Ryan @MileHighKid23

Games like today are why I invest almost irrational amounts of time in my teams and in sports in general. That was special.

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