Music encompasses a very large part of my life. Sometimes I wish my life were a movie, but only for the soundtrack part of it. Those perfect moments where the perfect song comes on and everything just works. One of the things that’s so great about music is the fact that it’s written to reflect life. Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of a soundtrack for the Rockies right now. When it came down to it, the soundtrack that I had produced would have been really terrible, so, I don’t want to label this as “The Rockies Soundtrack.” Instead, I’d rather think of this as kind of like the music that plays during an episode of some TV series. Like… one about my love of a team and their progression up to this point. Anyway, I wanted to try and upload the songs so you can click on them and they’d play, but… yeah right. I’m not even that blog savvy… or web savvy… or even that savvy in general.
1. Where is the Love? – The Black Eyed Peas
The following three pictures are from the sports section of the Denver Post, June 6, 7, and today, the 8. Notice anything?
June 6: The Palmer Cup, a golf tournament that took place in Denver
June 7: Ron Lyle, a famous boxer
June 8: Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers
The Rockies entered this series against the Cardinals as last in their division with the second worst record in the majors; the Cardinals on the other hand were tied for first in their division.
You’ll see that the Rockies really didn’t make headlines. there’s a side column of June 6 and June 8. The column from the latter only reflects bad news of the Rockies (for me at least, I’ll get to that later though). Basically, the Rockies are one of those uncared about teams. The comparison I’m about to make is kind of an uneven playing field, but when Clint Hurdle was fired, it wasn’t a huge deal, it wasn’t blogged about for days, and the world of MLB moved on with their lives. On the other hand, had someone like Joe Torre or Terry Francona been fired, the opposite would be true. Now, like I said, these are uneven playing fields, Joe Torre has a winning record, so of course, it would be a surprise if he was fired. But even when he was fired by the Yankees, it was a big deal.
The fact is, you’ll find few people who really care about the Rockies.
2. Testing the Strong Ones – Copeland
The start of the season didn’t look good for the Rockies. At one point, they were 14 games behind .500 and the only people producing runs were Todd Helton and Brad Hawpe. Our bullpen lacked depth and our usual ace couldn’t last more than four innings without giving up at least four runs. Basically, our team looked sad, struggling to survive in the cruel world of the majors.
I wanted to think of the beginning of the season as testing the Rockies. Could they withstandtheir downfalls? Wold they be able to turn things around and show the world they are a legitimate team?
In the past series against the Cards, the Rockies showed how strong they are. If you were to only see this series against the Birds, you would guess that the Rockies were one of the best teams in the majors. The Rockies came back this past series and turned things around for their team. Suddenly, our bullpen looked great, our pitchers could last more than five innings, the rest of our team stepped up to the plate to produce runs.
3. Don’t Panic – Coldplay
This song kind of applies to both the Rockies and me. On June 5, the Rockies were exactly 1/3 of the way through their season. Their record… not good, let’s leave it at that. I believe the team as a whole was putting an exorbitant amount of pressure on themselves to get the job done. That pressure relayed into theinability to get the job done and an incapability to perform.
“Oh, all that I know
There’s nothing here to run from
‘Cause here, everybody here’s got somebody to lean on.”
Those are my favorite lyrics from this song mostly because it reflects a kind of reassurance. I’m hoping that’s what the Rockies felt too, reassured not to panic; they’ve got 2/3 of a season to improve.
4. Stolen – Dashboard Confessional
5. She Loves You – The Beatles
6. I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
In 2004 I became a member of the Red Sox nation (before they won the ALCS, just to point that out). The Red Sox were the first baseball team that I was interested in. Once I came to understand more about baseball, I fell in love with the Rockies. Let’s face it, I live in Colorado, they’re Colorado’s team, it wasmuch easier to watch them. The Rockies kind of stole my heart away from the Red Sox. Now, I’m still a Red Sox fan, but I doon’t get to see their games very much or have ever been to one (which may change, but I’ll get to that later too).
I fell in love with the Rockies; after that, the team and the game ofbaseball became a significant part of my life. The Beatles kind of just worked in the soundtrack because even though the Rockies were struggling, I still loved the
m… “and ya know that can’t be bad.” The same is kind of true with the song by Death Cab. Fanhood can often be synonymous with faith. As the season progresses, no one knows what is in store for a team, and even though they were and may still struggle beyond belief, I’ll follow them and stay faithful to the team that stole my heart.
7. Don’t Ever Tell Locke What He Can’t Do – Moneen
Garrett Atkins, the guy who was supposed to make up for the loss of Matt Holliday, has been struggling beyond belief when it comes to his swing. Heposes an unthreatening .189 average, a meager 5 longballs, and a disheartening 20 RBIs. Attention was focused on what the club was going to do about Atkins and whether or not he’d ever be back to hitting a homer, a double, or even getting a hit.
While Atkins hasn’t completely gotten out of his slump, he’s working to turn things around. After the two longballs he hit in the game agains tthe Astros, he showed the people doubting his abilities that he still has the capacity to get a homerun.
8. Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
Lately, rumors have been abuzz about possible trades tha tthe Rockies are looking to make. These rumors include the following names: Garrett Atkins, Ryan Spilborghs, Brad Hawpe, Omar Quintanilla, Paul Phillips, and Manny Corpas.
The Rockies recently brought up prospect Carlos Gonzalez and with Dexter Fowler playing,the Rockies now have one of the smallest outfields; the speed of these two players in phenomenal.
With Ian Stewart performing so well and now Gonzalez playing left, the need for Atkins and Spilborghs seems to decrease. I can’t imagine what my team would be like without my two favorite players. It’s this scenario that kind of makes me want to just belt out, “SAY IT AIN’T SOOOOO-OOO-WHOOOOOOOA-OOO.” I’ve been faithful to my Rockies, and right now, I want them to be faithful to me. Atkins and Spilborghs are two fo our most beloved players here. In fact, I had to special order my Ryan Spilborghs t-shirt and then when I went out, everyone was like, “where’d you get that Spilborghs t-shirt?!” “I’ve been looking for one everywhere!” “Oh man, Ryan Spilborghs is so awesome!” That’s not even a joke. Apparently everyone loves him.
9. Where I Want to Be – The Heyday
I’ll admit that I can be a very materialistic person, and in a lot of ways that’s one of the reasons I admire Tom from Rocky Mountain Way so much. He was able to give all that up to go out and do something that he loves.
I would love to have the courage to give up everything and follow the Rockies around because I love baseball games and I love this team. It seems like they’ve been out on road games a lot lately and I’d love to be at one.
I would have loved to see this past series against the Cardinals, they always have a packed house and it would’ve been such a cool experience because when it comes to the Rockies, “anywhere with you is where I want to be.”
This past series, I would have loved to be in St. Louis, not just for the Rockies, but to see Albert Pujols as well. In fact, I think if it weren’t for the Rockies and the Red Sox, the Cards would be one of my favorite teams.
10. Hysteria – Muse
The last song on my soundtrack is just because 1. I really like it and 2. I’m totally obsessed. The song itself is about being overly obsessed with something. Really, I think it kind of projects a love song… in like… a stalkerish sort of way. But I’m not stalking the Rockies… well… there was that one incident…
Anyway, so now that we’re through all that, remember two of those things that I was talking about that I said I’d talk to you about later. Well, the time has come.
Trade rumors: Don’t trade Atkins or Spilborghs. It’s not just because I’m in love with both of them but because they’re crucial players to this team. In fact, I thought at one point they were talking about trading Torrealba. What happened with that? I really like Phillips. I suppose though that’s part of the game… But seriously. No.
Next, the Red Sox. A friend from high school shot me an e-mail recently and said she had tickets for crappy seats at a Red Sox/Yankees game in August. Say what?! That’s right, I might be out in Boston in August to see the greatest rivalry in sports!!! I’ll keep you posted on that situation.