I am writing this edition between games of the doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves. It has been remarkable what the weather has done to this homestand. The grounds crew at Coors Field—and the many volunteer shovelers from the front office—have gone above and beyond the call of duty in making the field playable last Tuesday and again this morning. Last week, with 8 inches of snow on the ground, it was estimated that 250 tons of snow were removed. Keep in mind that no heavy vehicles could be used, and that, eventually, all of the snow had to shoveled by hand to remove it from the playing surface. It was a herculean effort that was handled as efficiently as it could be accomplished.
Hard to believe that you could play baseball in below freezing temperatures, but such has been the task of the Rockies over the past week. A team record-tying 28 degrees last Tuesday versus the New York Mets, and now a new mark is set with a bone-chilling 23 degrees at first pitch this afternoon. Normally, pitchers have the advantage in such situations, but the Braves hit three long balls for the difference in the game. This contest was somewhat of a rarity this season in that the Rockies couldn’t come up with enough clutch hits. We may have to give credit to that outstanding Atlanta pitching staff for making that happen. The Braves have a lot of holes, but their pitching and home run pop cover most of them. Let’s hope the Rox can bounce back in the nightcap.
Even with the loss in the first game, there still were smiles in the Rockies clubhouse thanks to a good MRI result on Jhoulys Chacin. The tests confirmed that his issue is a lower back strain and not an oblique tear. Without any setbacks, Jhoulys should be able to pitch when he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on May 5th. Also, on the medical front, we’ll see if Todd Helton is able to play on Wednesday. If not, he might have to go on the DL with a left forearm strain.
My CHECK IT OUT is an easy one today. Took my wife, Lisa, to see “42” and it was excellent. Too often, in sports movies the game action is not up to par, but that is not the case in this film. My only quibble in that regard was the Phillies manager making his racist rants while standing on the field during game action. That just wouldn’t take place. Congratulations to Harrison Ford as well...he did a fine job in capturing Branch Rickey. Make sure you put this movie on your must-see list.