Here at On The Rox, we like saying one phrase more than any other. That phrase? "We told you so."
We told you the Rox were playing good ball. We told you yesterday 8 losses in a row was enough. We may not have guaranteed victory yesterday, but we certainly IMPLIED it. So, with the losing-streak-monkey off the Rox back, we’d like to say, WELCOME BACK ROCKIES! Welcome back from the All-Star Break…only 5 days late. You may be in last place, but that’s just an unfortunate momentary unpleasantry. Right now, The Colorado Rockies are the best **** last place team in baseball, and there’s nowhere to go but up! And as such, today’s edition of On The Rox will focus on the theme: Welcome Back!
WELCOME BACK ROCKIES BATS!
Thank the big dude upstairs, the Rockies bats are back. After scoring only 8 runs in their previous 4 games, the Rox struck for 13 last night against the Pirates. They weren’t hitting with men in scoring position, but they did last night. They hadn’t had a rally in what seemed like weeks, and there it was, a few rallies last night. So, welcome back, Rockies bats. We missed you! Don’t ever leave us again!
WELCOME BACK SHEALY!
The call-up of Ryan Shealy may have been a mere footnote in most newspapers, but here at On The Rox, Shealy is our boy. Heck, we wish he had been healthy all season! But yesterday may be–and should be–Shealy’s final call-up to the majors. For those who don’t know Shealy or haven’t followed his saga this season, the guy hits a ton but is behind Helton on the depth chart, so Hurdle tried to convert him to an outfielder during spring training. The experiment back-fired and Shealy hurt his shoulder from all the throwing, and just finished his rehab stint in the Springs. But, he’s a major-leaguer who deserves a roster spot, has earned his roster spot, and deserves some playing time. Unfortunately for him, he’s playing behind Todd Helton, so he probably won’t see much PT this season, unless the Rox deal him. (AND WE ALL HOPE THEY DON’T DO THAT, AHEM….DAN O’DOWD!)
Our hope is that he gets spot starts here and there to keep Helton fresh, maybe use his right-handed bat versus tough lefties, and use his legitimate power bat off the bench in late-game situations, a la Jorge Piedra. And of course, here at On The Rox, we must also point out that when the Rox make the World Series this year (yeah we said it), Shealy’s bat will be a great DH in AL parks. (Come on, the glass is always half-full here, so we won’t start talking about "next year" until we’re mathematically eliminated.)
So, crack the champagne, here’s our toast to Ryan Shealy: Shealy, welcome to the majors for good. May your years be prosperous, may your homeruns be plentiful, may your yearly RBI totals reach the triple digits, may your batting average always be north of .300, and may you do all of it in a Rockies uniform.
WELCOME BACK GONZO
Gonzo, we feel sorry for you. You’re our boy, and it hurts us to see
you lose the everyday spot at 2B, really it does, becuase you earned it last season. But, we also love
Jamey Carroll. Our slogan: "You’re number 1, Jamey!" is meant both
literally and figuratively from the bottom of our hearts. But we digress.
As a team
player, we know that you’ll adjust back to your utility role, and I for
one, am here to say, "Thank You, Gonzo, and Welcome Back!" You were
there for us last year whenever anyone went down. You played first base
when Helton was hurt. You played everywhere in the infield and even
played some outfield. You socked some homers, and have an incredible
errorless streak when starting at second base. Gonzo, we love you,
thanks for being a team player, and welcome back, buddy! We missed you.
Here’s to Gonzo, a team player and a class act!
WELCOME BACK SMITTY!
Also a big welcome back goes out to Jason Smith. Most Rox fans only remember him as the guy who owned the Padres in that early season series at the unfortunately named Petco Park. But Smitty came back in a big way last night, socking a homer in his first at bat since being recalled from the Springs. Good on ya! Way to be Smitty.
WELCOME BACK PREDICTION
Our welcome back prediction is that in two weeks, we’ll be welcoming back Rockies fair-weather fans. The Rockies seem poised to rattle off two good weeks of baseball, catapulting themselves back into the NL West race. (Not that they’re out of it now, by any means.)(But we mean, enough to where the fair-weather fans will return.) Anyway, that’s the type of scoop we dish here at On The Rox, because our glass is always half-full!