The languid pace of these slightly bizarre Rockies marketing videos is almost refreshing. Though, without any actual game footage to lean on, what else was the ad company going to use to sell the team? Ummm, rocks! And height! And the height of rocks! It’s all deadly, really.
Just think about creating a similar piece now. It would be all smash cuts and WUBWUBWUB dubstep beats and that infernal dinosaur making children cry and haunting the dreams of young and old alike.
For fun, hit the jump for a more EXTREME video of extreme sports in action. Rockies baseball, just like base jumping (except significantly more religious.)
The Rockies and Braves are currently playing a game in, let’s say, less than ideal baseball conditions. As you can see above, today’s make-up game (after last night’s game was snowed out) could go down as one of the coldest baseball games in history.
Baseball isn’t really made for the cold weather. Imperfect contact stings the palms while all the standing around could, potentially, increase the likelyhood of strains or muscle pulls. Plus, it just looks weird.
Below is a GIF of Dan Uggla’s second inning Frozen Christmas Home Run, which really deserves further investigation.
Last week, there was much laughter and mirth at the expense of the Minnesota Twins as a bout of April snow threatened to postpone some games in Minnesota and Colorado. The Mets/Rockies series was impacted significantly by the weather, as the were forced to play a doubleheader after one game was snowed out. Even that doubleheader required a bridge of shovels and snow removers to bring the playing surface and seating areas up to snuff.
And here we are again, closer to May than March, battling snowy conditions once again. Tonight’s Marlins/Twins game got the axe due to snow and it appears the Rockies/Braves battle in the mountains might be threatened as well.
Unlike previous subject of winter-based derision Target Field, Coors Field in Denver is more of a moving target. The weather in Denver is unpredictable. It’s in the mountains, for heaven’s sake! Sometimes it will snow out of the blue and then it will be fine, sunny and clear.
The Rockies and just about everybody involved with the team worked hard today to clear the field of snow (!) so the Rockies and Mets might get their doubleheader in today. Doubleheader, you say? Yes, because yesterday’s game was snowed out, you see.
UPDATE: According to a source for Ken Rosenthal, the Rockies will designate Harang for assignment, so they basically traded for a pitcher they never had any intention of keeping. Colorado has already held discussions with several teams about the right-hander.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired catcher Ramon Hernandez from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for pitcher Aaron Harang and cash considerations. According to Jon Heyman, the Rockies will receive $4.25 million from L.A.
Hernandez, who signed a two-year, $6.4 million deal after the 2011 season, was designated for assignment by the club at the end of spring training. In his career, he has a .264/.327/.417 slash line with 166 home runs for five different teams. The Dodgers currently have catchers A.J. Ellis and Tim Federowicz on the 25-man roster.
The San Francisco Giants quest for back-to-back National West Division crowns will be no easy task this year with the Dodgers fielding a lineup with five potential All-Stars and a re-vamped D’Backs lineup that will look to continue their offensive success of last season without outfielder Justin Upton. The Rockies don’t have the pitching, but may still be able to win some ball games with a lineup featuring a healthy Troy Tulowitzki, while the Padres may be in for a long season, especially if they deal Chase Headley.
Over the next week, we will take a look at how each team’s lineups looked to start the season in 2012 compared to the projected look for 2013 (all ZiPS projections courtesy of Fangraphs.)
The tenure of former Rockies manager Jim Tracy, who took over part way through 2009 and managed the maligned club through the end of last season, the Rockies win total fell steadily every year. From 92 wins to 83 to 73 all the way down to 64 last season — the fewest in franchise history. Entering their 20th year of existence, the Rockies are yet to figure out exactly how to build a suitable pitching staff for the high altitude of Coors Field. Last year, amidst their worst season ever, they went a little bonkers trying.