It’s 2010

Recently, I received this note from my favorite Cardinal loving Chicagoan:

Goddamn it, it’s January 13th already and you have yet to write in 2010, Emmy. Get on it! With love of course :-)
–Jeff

It was like getting a threat-mantic e-mail, threatening, but written with love.

So I figured, “I guess I should get on this.”

Welcome to 2010 fellow bloggers! We’re almost through the offseason! We’ve almost made it! I guess BSAD hit me a little harder than I thought, most of my days are spent working and when I’m not working, I can be found beneath my flannel penguin sheets (yes, I have penguin sheets, don’t judge) catching up on m Z’s.

Some big names like Matt Holliday and Jason Bay have now left our hot stove discussion, and for the most part, it seems as though the Rockies have remained fairly quiet in their quest for free agents. Their biggest move it seems, signing catcher Miguel Olivio, and if you want to call that news… well… I don’t have anything witty to say about that.

Right now, one of hte biggest priorities for the Rockies is locking up Huston Street. Oh, wait… they did that already? Okay, then they’ll need to try and come to a deal with Ryan Spilborghs to expand our outfielders and avoid arbitra… oh… they did that too? Well, seeing how the Rockies were the only club in 2009 to have five pitchers with double digit wins, it’d be nice if Jason Hammel stuck around with them… are you serious? That happened too?

So, here’s the deal, fellow bloggers: I was writing this entry all about how the Rockies need to spend their money wisely, because, let’s face it: the Rockies are a relatively cheap team. And I mean that in the nicest way possible, which really doesn’t sound nice at all, but the Rockies don’t have the deep pockets that we’d all like to see.

Philadelphia+Phillies+v+Colorado+Rockies+Game+otaFLSIrULdl.jpgSo here I was, talking about how after a very disappointing end to the 2009 season, everyone was like, “it was all Huston Street’s fault!” And I went on this rant about how wrong these people were and comments like that were made by ignorant bandwagon fans, and if it hadn’t been for Huston Street, the Rockies wouldn’t have even made their way to the playoffs in the first place. Street was clutch for the team during the regular season, and it was clearly defined in the chemistry that he had with them.

Yes, this long rant now wasted because he’s signed with the team. So, yes, Jefferson, once again, you were right (is that guy ever wrong?), I should’ve been blogging a lot earlier.

Things now seem to be coming together for the Rockies who have reached deals with Clint Barmes, Chris Iannetta, Jorge de la Rosa, Ryan Spilborghs, Huston Street, Rafael Betancourt, and Jason Hammel; the latter four ofFrancis.jpg them had filed for arbitration and now the four of them will be sticking around. Our startingpitching rotation could be interesting with Jeff Francis returning after missing a significant portion of 2008 and the 2009 season. In 2007 he was thought to be the ace of the Rockies and it was projected that a Francis vs. Josh Beckett matchup would be the ultimate showdown. Obviously we know how that worked out. After not pitching for almost a year and a half, I’m interested in seeing how he’ll perform.

Our starting infield is also looking good with Todd Helton, Barmes, Troy Tulowitzki, and Ian Stewart. The name that’s missing? Yeah, you know it: I’ll miss my dearest GarrettGarrett Atkins 0009.JPG Atkins, I stood by his side during the worst season of his career, constantly cheering for him and celebrating just as much, if not more when he hits his heartbreaking nine homers. That’s right, he didn’t even hit double digits… and I can hear a certain Chicagoan snickering about that at this very moment!  Yeah, it’ll break my heart not to see him in those beautiful purple pinstripes, but best of luck to him with the O’s.

Most likely, our projected outfield is Brad Hawpe, Dexter Fowler, and Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez had a fantastic season with theJim Tracy 0004.jpg Eagles during winter ball in Venezuela. The Rockies have speed with Eric Young Jr. as well as Ryan Spilborghs and a powerful bat with Seth Smith, also known as Mr. Clutch from last season.

Most important to the team is the return of manager Jim Tracy, who had incredible chemistry with the team and turned around a rough start to their season.

Last and probably most important, Haiti is still in need of our help. Imagine if every person in the world donated $1 to help out. It’s so little, but adds up to so much. So if you can, please donate, there are many organizations out there.

MLB has partnered with UNICEF, The American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders are also accepting donations. CNN also provides a list of websites that you can donate to.

7 Comments

HI TWIN
I haven’t blogged since August, so… yeah. But I love you. And I love your entry. I agree that BSAD is totes real and I definitely have it, but together we can make it through. Speaking of which, now that I have transportation, I will have to come visit YOU instead of the other way around. And we can Noodles.
I know my comment has NOTHING to do with your blog entry. But I loved it. As usual.
Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com

Hey Emily! Glad to see you blogging again! Finally, there is a small light at the end of our long baseball-less tunnel. I’m counting the days until Spring Training!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Definitely great to see you back on the blogosphere! Thanks for the update on the Rockies and their offseason. Colorado is a team I always kind of like and hope makes it to the playoffs, but you guys are on the other side of the country, and I don’t really follow them. Sounds like it’s been a productive offseason and the Rockies have done the right things so far. Good luck!

-Fenway Bleacher Creature
http://the3rs.mlblogs.com/

hey what’s up! Newbie here and I have to say your blog seems very impressive! I look forward to reading it when the season begins :)

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

I had a hard time writing too because I went into an identity crisis over losing Roy Halladay. Hope your dearest, ha ha, Garrett Atkins can turn it around this season. Nice info on Gonzolez in Venezula. He could be a guy that has a ‘breakout year!’ I’ll be looking for him in fantasy baseball.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Got to tell you, that outfield will have both power and speed, and in a cavern like Coors Field………that is a good thing.
And even if it is a rotation to include Eric Young Jr or Ryan Spilborghs, you got to like those combinations.
Health might be the biggest thing, but just keep the knives away from Carlos G and everything should work out fine.
And if one of the players wants to get married……….We have the Reverend Ranter now to do game day services.
Thank goodness we are in the home stretch to see games again…….real soon.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Here’s hoping my fellow Canuck, Jeff Francis, returns to the 2007 form. I hope he’s toeing the rubber when the Blue Jays visit Denver in June. Great to see that you’re writing again!

Jonah
http://jonah77.mlblogs.com

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