On Sunday morning, I was checking my iPhone for my e-mail. I got this interesting message as I am on West 38th Avenue, headed home via Coors Field. In case you didn’t get it, this is what it said:
Dear Rockies fan:
We would like to thank you for your continued support with the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club. We would like to sincerely apologize for our disappointing performance during the 2011 Major League Baseball season. In addition, we wish to apologize for our lack of effort in the home opener game on April 9, 2012. Unfortunately, due to many reasons, our team could not produce the runs desired by our fans and our staff.
We heard your mumblings on local radio stations. We saw your criticisms in the media as well as social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. And we responded. We gave you 17 runs on Wednesday, April 11. And Todd Helton has taken his second annual dip in the Fountain of Youth. He is feeling as strong as wever. Our core players, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, have both vowed to produce more hits. New players Michael Cuddyer, Marco Scutaro, and Ramon Hernandez promise contribute to our franchise. And who could forget about Jason Giambi?
While we cannot promise to win 100 games, we will put forth full effort into each game we play. To you, this is the Year of the Fan and we owe it all to you.
The Colorado Rockies Baseball Club staff and players
P.S. Carlos Gonzalez apologizes for the lack of tacos last year. He offers you the gift of tacos today between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM at your participating local Taco Bell location.
As I read the last words, I pinched myself to see if I was dreaming. Then I looked down to see a blank screen. I was bummed out. At this time, Route 38 was on Park Avenue West and going down 22nd St right by Coors Field. I saw the batter on the wall wave to me. I must be tired after work, I thought.
My last hope was to go to At Bat, and see if the Helton Homer was there. To this day, I can still go back and watch it. At least I didn’t dream that part. That whole night was un-freaking-believable.
From the clubhouse
A few pieces of news I need to contribute. According to Tracy Ringolsby (@ROOTSPORTS_TR), Charlie Blackmon, who started the season on the DL with turf toe, is off the DL, and subsequently optioned to AAA-Springs. As of yesterday, Drew Pomeranz was activated from AA-Tulsa to make the 5th pitching rotation spot. (This was to curb his innings limit and also because there wasn’t a need for a 5th pitcher till yesterday.) To make room, Jordan Pacheco was optioned to AAA-Springs to get daily action at 3rd. I’m sad for these, but in both cases, it’s understandable. Blackmon lost time in Spring Training. And Pacheco needs more time to develop his skills at 3B. This is temporary moves.
And one thing: quit the stereotypes/hate towards Jamie Moyer! Yeah, I’ve got a special post in tomorrow’s blog. Special in that it is on his pitching day.
Tweet courtesy of @bertjanb on Sunday morning in reference to the Rockies:
Crazy stat (to me): First series the #Rockies have won against Arizona since September 2010. Makes you realize how horrific last year was.
Thank you sir, you just got the quote of the day.