Tagged: Jeff Francis

I’ve got to tease you before I please you

2/15/09 

Listen, do you hear that? That’s the sound of me officially turning things up a notch.

I was looking at some old video of last season and thought I might post a few of them. 

                                    You can see Dan and Emily in their seats.

                         Here’s a shot of Hunter and Mylee on a beautiful summer day.

Hunter and Mylee ready.JPG                        The gangs all here, minus one. Now Spilly has a job. 

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                                        Taylor Buchholz waiting for his turn.taylor b22.jpg

                                                    Pre-game warm-up

DSCN0717.JPG                                              Scott Podsednik tearing it up.

Scott Podsednik.jpg                                             Jeff Francis making Hunter’s day. 

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 It will be nice to chat with my friend Alice in front of the Rockpile gate as we wait to go inside. We always save her a place in line. 
Alice at Rockpile Gate.jpg                                             I’m ready for some baseball. Im ready.jpg                                              Hunter and Mylee are ready.
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Clint's Ready.jpg                                                     Chris Iannetta’s ready.
Iannetta's Ready.jpg                                               Tulo and Atkins are ready.


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Spillys ready.jpg                                         The Front Row Regulars are ready.

FRR are ready.jpg The wheels are in motion, now get out there and blog like you’ve got a pair (so to speak) đź™‚
My Pair11.jpg                                               Be there or be square…D
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      Picture and video credit go to my camera, my incredible timing and my index finger.

Twenty five, until my little drive

1/29/09

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Twenty-five days until the Mobile Blogging Unit reaches mobile blogability. I hope I don’t have any internet connectivity issues whilst I’m mobily blogging.

Congrats to Ubaldo Jimenez. The Rockies signed him to a four year deal worth 10 million and it’s loaded with all kinds of performance incentives.

The Rockies need Ubaldo to stay healthy this season. 

JFFG.jpgWho knows if Jeff Francis will be starting in April. He’s still having issues with that pesky shoulder of his.

 Cook, Jimenez, Marquis, who’s the Top Dog if Francis is injured and can’t start off the season?

Is Francis still the Top Dog even if he’s healthy?  

I wish I could be in Tucson mid-February to see the pitchers and catchers report. I keep hoping for a last minute surprise in the Rockies bullpen, but at this point I wouldn’t bet on it.

It does get me to thinking, “Who among the Rockies bullpen is ready to take it to the next level?”

UJ.jpgMy moneys on Ubaldo, but I still have high hopes of Francis returning to his past glory. Cook is a powerful weapon but tends to wear thin with too much usage.

MannyRamirez u neverknow.jpgGuess we’ll begin to see in a couple of weeks.

I wish we had somebody new to get excited about.

I wonder how Manny Ramirez would do at this altitude? Manny in a Rockies uniform, now that would be a sight. I’d take Manny for a season. The guy has spark there is no denying that.

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 I have big hopes for Tulo this season which starts off with him not having any major injuries.

 It’s time for this dude to make his mark with the Rockies.

You want to be leader of this team Tulo, show us what you got brotha, and do it all season.

I really believe this is going to be his breakout year.

Tulowitzki healthy and producing all season long is a good thing for the Rockies.

And a good thing for the fans.

IS1-29-09.jpgIan Stewart, here’s another guy bursting at the seams with talent and waiting for everything to click.

 

  

 Thumbnail image for spilborghs1-29-09.jpgRyan Spilborghs, recently married. Happy wife = happy life. This dude should have the season of his life. He’s earned a starting position and I want to see him keep it all season and become a permanant fixture in the outfield.

Andy 9-15-08.JPGMan I love talking/writing baseball.

I need some warm weather and a break from the stresses of life.

cactus_baseball_1-29-09.jpg I’ve earned this little baseball vacation. I still have a spot on the MBU available. No worries here if it doesn’t get filled. Right now it’s Andy, Robert and yours truely.

(<——Andy snaggin at Rockies batting practice)

 

 

If all goes his way Robert will be staying in Tucson when Andy and I head back to Denver. 

Someday I’ll be able to do that. When I retire it’ll be summers in Colorado and down to Arizona for Fall Ball and Spring Training.

           You’ve got to stay busy.

Thank you all for the great comments on my last entry on concerts.

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Holliday missed cause people are pissed

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Man, is there a whole lot of smack talking going on about this Matt Holliday trade. I’m finding the ratio to be about 50/50, pleased vs **********.

 Me, I’m cool with it. Enjoy the weather Matt. Oakland’s a beautiful city,….psyche.


Most of the fans who are upset about the trade are the ones who have a severe dislike for the Monfort brothers (Rockies majority owners),

 Word is the Rockies are going to deal Huston Street (that’s a cool name), but Carlos Gonzalez could work out nicely. He’s another option for center field if the Rockies wind up dealing Taveras?

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  Gonzalez is twenty three-years old and hails from Venezuela. In his rookie season he hit .242 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 85 games.

In AAA Sacramento he hit .283 with four homers and 28 RBIs.

Sounds great right. Could be, but Carlos has been known to strike out a lot.

I’ll reserve any judgment until I see this guy in uniform on the field.

Here’s a quote from Gonzalez while riding on a bus to Caracas in Venezuela where he is playing winter ball. 

“A lot of people are trying to call me, I’m hearing I got traded. This is baseball; you can’t do anything about it. You just have to get ready to play. Holliday is a very attractive player and he’ll be great for the Oakland A’s. It will be great for me, too. I can make my name in a new organization, but I’ll always thank the A’s for giving me the opportunity, for bringing me up.”Greg Smith.jpg 

Good Luck in Colorado Carlos !   

The other dude included in the deal is lefty pitcher Greg Smith. Smith is 24 years old  and attended  Louisiana State University.

The D’backs in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft selected him in the sixth round.

In December of 2007 he was traded to the Oakland A’s.

Smith’s first major league start was on April 9 2008. He pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs earning him a no decision.

He record with the A’s is 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA.

 In 2008 he led the majors with sixteen pickoffs which tied the record.

They have only been keeping track of pickoffs since 1987.

 

ticket-booth-2.jpgSo the question is, How do you best spend the saved $ from unloading Matt Holliday’s contract and keep fans coming back?

 The Monforts have said many times that the amount of money they have to spend on player salaries is dependent on ticket sales.

Losing Holliday, Fuentes or Atkins isn’t going to increase ticket sales. In my opinion there is only one thing that will increase ticket sales.

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  Cheerleaders…no I’m just kidding. We need a big name in Denver.

We need a Superstar.  

Not like a Molly Shannon superstar, we need like a Cole Hamels superstar.

 

 

 

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 Pitching, it’s the Rockies Achilles heel or athletes foot.

The beginning of this past season was the only time that I can remember feeling somewhat confident in our bullpen.

Why wouldn’t I be, we had made it to the World Series.

That feeling was short lived. Remember Franklin Morales and Kip Wells, not much materialized there.

 Jeff Francis didn’t help matters by continuing to pitch sub-par and not informing anyone his shoulder had been hurting him.  

Our bullpen struggled right from the start and barely improved through rest of the season. We all know a below .500 season is unacceptable for this Division. Yet it seems to be a benchmark we struggle to reach yearly.

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 DO IT Monforts, both of you, make that move, do it for the fans.

 If it doesn’t work you can sell the Rockies and devote your efforts into developing a tastier hotdog…D
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It’s no joke when your computer’s broke

10/7/08

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I guess at some point all of your crap just wears out. Not unlike the Rockies last few games of the season, my computers last days have been slow and painful.                        

 I was left with no option but to try and use my backup desktop computer. It’s damn near as old as my daughter Mylee, and she’ll be eight soon..

I got that thing up and crawling, but it’s just to old.

So after some tweaking, fixing, and replacing,  I’m up online again using my old broken laptop.

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I’m trying to look at this with the glass being half full, so on a positive note let me say at least my piece of schit computer lasted until the end of the regular season.

 

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Speaking of broke and finished, who do you think the Rockies are going to get rid of before next season?

 Do you like the way I just slid that in there? I got skills. 

 

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Matt Holliday 7-20 Picday.jpgMatt Holliday seems to be the  buzz name for now. I hope not.

He has another year still in Colorado but you know he’s got to be wondering what his market value is? I’m curious.

As a Rockies ticket purchaser,  I only help pay the Rockies salaries, I don’t sign their paychecks, but I think they should find a way to keep Holliday here. I’d pay a buck more for a Rockpile ticket. 

He likes it here, keep the man happy, and pay him what he’s worth. Even that might not be enough.

Next seasons pitching should be interesting. Brian Fuentes (super southpaw) is coming off his best season  and is now a free agent.


Fuentes112.jpgLets think about this:

Brian Fuentes = reliable closer

Yep, he is going to cost some the Rockies some green, but pitching has ALWAYS haunted this team and this guy does what you pay him to do, win games.

In my opinion he is only expendable if it involves some kind of deal that keeps Matt Holliday in Colorado.

Thumbnail image for cookie 7-1.jpgAaron Cook had a great season except the last month or so.

Jeff Francis never found his groove, and then he went on the DL for his shoulder. He struggled when he came off the DL, but was seemingly back in stride toward the end of the season.

Thumbnail image for Jorge.jpgJorge De La Rosa struggled early on, but showed us a few things the last part of the season. I think he’ll be back. Buchholz finished the season 50/50 and Manny Corpas was 3-4.

bits and pieces.jpgThere are bits and pieces of a good pitching squad here, but the Rockies are missing one major thing…A big name pitcher.

If we could guarantee a solid pitching season (we all wish), there is no telling what the Rockies could do in this Division.

Now let me take this full circle. In my opinion, Matt Holliday is only expendable if we bring in a BIG name pitcher. See,…it works both ways.

 

                      Catchers Duel

 

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Yorvit vs Chris. Hurdle will probably split their action 50/50 until an injury or performance dictates which one will assume the position. Both these guys are excellent catchers and the Rockies are lucky they have them both to choose from. 

 

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 Where will Garrett Atkins wind up next season? This one is a pickle.

 Garrett starts the season on third base. Todd Helton gets hurt midway through the year, Garrett takes over first base and does a great job.

Ian Stewart takes over third and does a better job than Garrett did.

Ian is younger, more athletic and gets paid less than Garrett.

On Garrett’s side, one thing he has that Ian doesn’t is a proven track record. Only time will tell for Ian.

I have more plenty more questions as do you I’m sure. I also have five months to kill.

Tell me what you think the Rockies should do for next season.

Now that I have a functioning computer again, I’m going to try my hand at some playoff blogging..Thanks for reading…Watch out for those Phillies..I’m just saying…D 
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Holliday has a Helladay, but it isn’t enough

8/2/08 

Right now the Rockies are 5-4 on this road trip and 11-5 since the All Star break.

Six and four would be much better. Game four is in  Florida and the Rockies need this win to break even in this set with the Marlins. Besides, I hate losing to the Marlins.

Valerio De Los Santos, I like this guy and wanted to see him succeed, but in the end he didn’t bring it when he needed to. In Saturdays game   Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for JeffFrancis_2007_008.jpgDe Los Santos allowed three runs, walked five and gave up four hits in only four-innings. Clint Hurdle let him go after the game. Good Luck Valerio!

Welcome back Jeff Francis. Jeff has been on the DL for a while now with a shoulder injury.

Before Jeff was injured he was  3-7 with a 5.67 ERA in seventeen starts.

Jeff fits in nicely with the Rockies.

 I hope his shoulder holds up and he can get back to last seasons level of performance.

 Good Luck starting on Wednesday. Show’em what Canada is all aboot…eh!

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 Matt Holliday is flippin amazing. I can’t remember the last game in which he didn’t hit a homer. This is the second game against the Marlins this year that Matt has had hit two homers.  Even with his valient effort last night, the Rockies couldn’t get the win over the Marlins. 

They lost it 5-3. 

The Rockies return home to Coors Field on Monday and begin the start of a ten game home stretch against the Nationals, Padres and D-Backs.

Right now the Rockies are twelve games back from .500 and this next home stretch could possibly, maybe slightly, without a doubt, take it to the bank, you bet your bippie, if all goes well, so they tell me, wheres the beef, straight up, ultimately make or break the Rockies.

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  Aaron Cook is the starting pitcher on Monday and that makes me feel good. He’s solid and hard to shake. Plus he has a cool nickname…Cookie

This year while pitching at Coors Field, Cook is  6-3 with a 3.43 ERA.

I’ll be at the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (my birthday) games..See you there.

                               Go Rockies…D
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Rockies collapse as Francis has a relapse

6/23/08

Thumbnail image for JeffFrancis_2007_008.jpgI really enjoy putting this blog together, but writing about losses takes a little more time and thought.

I have to be careful how I world things. I don’t want to seem negative…I want to tell the story, with feeling not agression. With that said…..

Everyone knows that Jeff has a stellar year last year.

He is also an all around great guy, but  is really struggling this year.

 If he were any  pitcher other than himself, with what his ERA this season..he probably would be in Colorado Springs doing time with the Sky Sox. Get it together now Jeff, we believe in you…

Nuff said on that.

 Matt Holiday is continuing show  fans why he is All Star material. His two run homer in the fifth driving in Baker gave Colorado fans a little hope, but that would be all for the Rockies as they lose this one to the Royals 8-4.

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 Congratulations to Jeff Baker for being chosen NL Player of the week.

 This guy is really hitting right now and is really trying hard to find a spot for himself on this ever changing Rockies lineup.

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 Welcome back Clint Barmes from AAA Colorado Springs…expect big things from Clint. This guy is a future All Star…Go Rockies…D

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