A Winning Game and Clint Hurdle
Finally! I’ve been waiting and waiting and finally, I was at a winning game!!
Tonight I watched as the Rockies handed a loss to the Padres (sorry Hyun Young and Kaybee). It was about time for me to catch a win too, up until today, I was 0-5, but now, I’m 1-5! Hmm… seems like a ratio of the Rockies record… just kidding… kind of.
Well, like every Rockie fan on MLBlogs (all five of us), Clint Hurdle’s on my mind. I’d like to sayI’m not shocked, this was kind of something that I was expectin for a while, but I’m actually a little surprised. I think it’s because I wasn’t expecting a decision until Monday. Clint Hurdle served as the manager from April 26, 2002 to May 29, 2009. He’s being replaced with (former) bench coach Jim Tracy who will manage the Rockies until the end of the season.
“Mixed feelings” is the best way to describe how I feel about Hurdle being let go. At the game today, I ran into Don from the Rockpile Rant (he’s pretty easy to spot with his shirt and we had a brief discussion on the topic. He made a very good point that I hadn’t thought of: The Rockies are kind of a cheap team; a lot of fudning has been cut or strained and through it all, Hurdle didn’t complain, he dealt with it.
Hurdle knew it was the end of his run and he left the clubhouse with a smile on his face. Now… whether or not he went home and cried, I have no idea. Good to know I’m not the only one unemployed… of course, Hurdle has a little bit of a better resume than I do. Anyway, yeah, it was time for a change, but I can’t say that firing Clint Hurdle is going to bring about everything that the Rockies need to change. There’s a lot of owrk to be done with hitting and pitching. Two of our biggest in each of those categories are struggling: Garrett Atkins and Troy Tulowitzki, and Manny Corpas and Jason Grilli.
Anyway, I guess I’m done with that news.
So, let’s talk about the game:
Not only did I witness a win tonight, but I was able to witness Jason Marquis pitch, and let me tell you, that guy is kind of amazing. He pitched eight innings, had six strikeouts, and a pitch count of 105.
Not only that, but guess who was batting in the cleanup spot tonight?!?! That’s right! Garrett Atkins!!!
So… are we gaining faith in one of our biggest sluggers? I don’t know, he was walked tonight but didn’t really do anything else. He did have a few long drives, but nothin gthat got him onto base by his own merit.
Atkins is still struggling to get his average above 200, but I’m positive he’ll bounce back any day now. I’m sure anyone can say that, but I’m convinced. Atkins had some good timing today, but he couldn’t quite get the ball out of the park. Before you know it, he’ll be striking fear into the pitchers he faces and be back to his old self. It’s hard to see one of your favorite players struggling and it’s even harder when people sitting behind you see that you have and support Atkins by wearing his player t-shirt and then they proceed to talk about how much he sucks and how he needs to be sent down to triple-A and how pretty much anyone could do his job better than he does. I hope no one actually says that to him and they just say it to me because I still have faith that he’ll become one of our big sluggers again.