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Remember That Photo I Told You About? And Faces of the Minors..

Day 123


Sorry for the delay in posts. It’s been… a weekend.

So, remember that photo I told you about, that I couldn’t post because movable type was punking me and I was pictureless for that stretch? No, you don’t remember? The one I said was a “keepable” and when I had a wall of my own I was going to hang it on. That one?

Okay, well if you don’t I won’t hold it against you. It’s a picture, a favorite of mine, of the Rockies top prospect in the Minors now and it’s his third stolen base in Triple-A ball. Well, today that picture got a little better.

If you have ever read anything about my blog and what I feel about autographs. you know that I have a memory behind every autograph I’ve ever gotten. They mean something to me. Each one is a moment in time and I’m not some collector that jams up a player for an unlimited number of autographs to sell. So here it is. Here’s the photo of Eric Young Jr. and I explained to him when I took it and what it was. He was happy to sign it and I think liked it as he took a moment to examine it.


     Eric Young Jr. by Tom Walsh

So eventhough that is a picture of a picture and not completely the best “copy” here, is it what I described? I know I am biased, but it truly is one of my favorite sports photos. The greatest thing about it is it’s the only one in existence. That’s what I mean about my autographs. They are all special and this one is no different. It’s my photo and memory and I know everything about it. Who, what when where and why.

Today, I wanted to catch some baseball because the last few days have been rainy and soggy and today’s forecast had some rain but called for sunshines. Hallejulah sunshine!

I met up with a friend Brian, a former high school pitcher who is proud to say Chase Headley of the Padres went o-fer against him in high school in Colorado Springs.. A suprise came in the first game of a double-header when who do I spot in the crowd, but Don of Rockpile Rant and his son taking in some sunshine and a ball game. I guess great minds think alike! Don’s son was proud to exclaim he had gotten two balls from ballplayers. This where I put in the apple falling too far from the tree bit?!

Faces of the minors…

On the mound for the make-up game was a Rockies familiar face Jason Hirsh. Other than giving up a two run bomb he seemed pretty solid on the mound. I didn’t have much negative to say on his day out.

JasonHrisch1byTomWalsh.JPG      Jason Hirsh by Tom Walsh

I did like his attitude though when I was taking his picture and he completely went with it. Thanks Jason. You had me laughing and were a good sport He is one of the faces of the minors and I hope you enjoy laughing with them as much as I had taking them


      Jason Hirsh “serious” by Tom Walsh

Okay Jason now give me serious.but aware. Work with me..

JasonHirsch1byTomWalsh.JPG     Jason Hirsh “playful” by Tom Walsh.

Okay now give me playful. Good, roll with it,,,good.


              Jason Hirsh “happy” by Tom Walsh

Something to that Samson story…?

Do you recognize this guy?



     Sal Fasano by Tom Walsh

If you don’t, it’s because he used to look like this. As a matter of fact it’s basically his trademark

salfasanohandlebars.jpg“You saw her bathing on the roof. Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya. She tied you to her kitchen chair and she broke your throne and cut your hair and from your lips you drew a hallelujah.”

Like Samson, Sal because of SkySox clubhouse facial hair rules, is a seeminlgy weak soul void of all his powers. His at-bats look like this.



     Sal Fasano by Tom Walsh

Hang in there Sal.



     Sal Fasano by Tom Walsh

Everybody has a day like that…








Shoo, Shoo Injury Bug-Rockies Pitching Dealt Another  Setback

Day 65

In a previous post I talked about how I am not a Rockies apologist and the injury ridden season of 2008 was not something I’ll make excuses for. Somewhere in 2009 Tucson I keep having bad dreams of someone yelling,Helmet-Decal-US-Medic.jpg


It’s happened again. Another injury has taken an intergral part of the Rockies pitching staff to the get well station.

After reading Rockies beat reporter Thomas Harding’s assessment it sounds like Taylor Buchholz is out four to six weeks with a strain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow.

No MD here but that sounds a tad bit painful. Last year I fractured both my elbows and hated life for a good month. At least Buchholz is only facing a strain but I’m glad his injury is the non-surgery season ending type. The Rockies suffered a blow to the starting rotation earlier this spring training when starter Jeff Francis decided to opt for season ending surgery.

taylor buchholz.jpgBuchholz came to the Rockies in a four player deal with the Houston Astros before the ’07 season. The Rockies traded then starting pitcher Jason Jennings for outfielder Willie Taveras and unproven pitchers Jason Hirsh and Buchholz. Buchholz has been a bright spot of that trade of late. Taveras was non-tendered and signed with the Reds this offseason and Hirsh posted a lackluster 8.31 ERA last season.

Buchholz had been given a shot at starting but was soon relegated to bullpen duty in ’07. The ’08 season saw him as a very reliable setup man for then closer Brian Fuentes who signed a deal with the Angels this offseason.

The loss of Buchholz, hopefully for no longer than six weeks, would put the Rockies at a disadvantage for the beginning part of the season but would require righthanders Jason Grilli and Ryan Speier to possible move into the position to fill the need for now.

 Hopefully from this point on the injury bug will fear the swat.


If not then higher powers can be brought in…