A Marquee Club

The name of the game is baseball and the name of baseball tonight was Jason Marquis.

Jason Marquis.jpgTonight the Colorado Rockies beat the best team in baseball by a score of 3-0… and it was sensational.

Score.jpgJason Marquis became the first ten game winner in the National League with 86 pitches, giving up two hits, and earning himself a shutout. Dominating. Epic.

Not only was Marquis dominating on the mound, but with the bases loaded and two outs, he drove in two RBIs.

Jason Marquis02.jpgThe Rockies have been playing some fantastic baseball, challenging the 49-28, now 49-29 team, by going 13 innings last night. Even though they received a loss for that game, they put up a hell of a fight.

Everyone’s been asking whether or not this series against the Dodgers will be the definingBrad Hawpe27.jpg factor determining if the Rockies are in it to win it.

Right now, it’s important not to get caught up in the “in it to win it,” what is important is that theRockies are going out and playing baseball. Really good baseball.

Recently, an article was posted about the Cinderella story that is the Rockies. A comment was made that the Rockies will always be either a Cinderella story or a fluke, and that they weren’t talented and deserving.

I was livid when I read that. Undeserving? Are you kidding me? You’re talking about a team that fought back from 14 games behind. A team that swept the front runners of the NL Central and took the series from the Rays, who compete in the toughest division. one of the most unrecognized teams in baseball is playing phenomenally, and you think they’re undeserving? Untalented? A joke to the name of baseball? Okay, now I’m putting words in that persons mouth.

Brad Hawpe25.jpgI always envisioned that I would some day tell a struggling player this: baseball is a game of half a second, half a step, half an inch. It’s the difference between giving up a run and making a jaw dropping play. What the Rockies are doing right now is playing on top of that half a second, half a step, half an inch, they’re playing baseball. Their confidence has sky rocketed and are doing what they’re not only paid to do, but what they love to do. They’re going out and loving the game. Don’t include that last half in there, because that wasn’t really part of the speech I concocted in my head. The speech itself would be much better than what I just wrote you.

Tomorrow is the final game in this road trip the Rockies have been on, then they’ll be home, and I’m ready to see my boys come back to the mile high.

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7 Comments

Oh yes – the game of baseball can turn on a dime. Just ask the O’s against the Red Sox last night. sigh….

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Marquee was STELLAR. I just wrote a post about two other guys who went a Complete Game giving up only two hits. If you’re interested you can check it out.

http://dillonm.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/06/a-pair-of-aces-toss-two-hitters.html
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

Marquis has been excellent this season. I would have bet he would be traded by this time if the Rockies hadn’t turned their season around so quickly.
http://moneyball.mlblogs.com/

I still believe Marquis is a pretender. He’s done this with the Cards, Braves and Cubs before… playing great til the All-Star break then going to can afterward. We’ll see. I hope – for your sake – I’m wrong this time.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Julia- WHAT HAPPENED?! That was a little ridiculous for the Red Sox last night. I keep up to date with the score while I watch the Rockies, and I really didn’t think I had a whole lot to worry about!
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Dillon- Marquis has been pretty spectacular for our team this season. I’ve enjoyed having him on our team.
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Ben- I think the Phillies were looking at Marquis when the Rockies were in their big slump. Now that they’re doing well, it doesn’t seem like the Rockies are really willing to give up anyone.
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Jeffy- I’m hoping to see Marquis in the All Star game. He’s had a couple rough games though, so, even if he’s not there, I hope he’ll come out of the break looking good. I also hope that you’re wrong, because lest we forget, I can’t hate you cuz you’re right.

Emily – Congrats on being #13 on the Latest Leader’s List!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I think that Marquis is the real deal. I know that when he was with the Cubs he didn’t get a great chance to be an every 5th day starter. He was in the rotation, he was out, he was in… Plus he had quite a fued with Piniella. I think the new surroundings have helped him.

Right now he is making everybody who had him and let him go or who didn’t take a chance on him look stupid. Rightfully so. I wish the guy–and the Rocks–lots of luck.
http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

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