Tagged: Ryan Spilborghs

A Picture(s) Worth a Thousand Words

Day 129

 

If you are a Rockies fan, lately you know how the team has been doing. Although there are some bright spots, there’s a lot of at bats like these. Watch the ball and batters eyes in each of these plays. It says everything of late.

 

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     Dexter Fowler by Tom Walsh

That’s a strike that blew by. And some more like these.

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      Ryan Spilborghs by Tom Walsh

More of the same. Low balls being swung on equals no offense.

 

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     Ian Stewart by Tom Walsh

Strikes right down the middle too.

 

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     Dexter Fowler by Tom Walsh

No hits, no runs to back up pitching that’s not been top notch the last two games.

 

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              Jason Marquis by Tom Walsh

Bad outings leads to moments like this.

 

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     Jason Marquis end of day by Tom Walsh

 

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     Ian Stewart by Tom Walsh

And having 2 errors and a total of four really poor plays at third that let runs score, can make for loneliness in the infield.

Somebody has to break the streak and start scoring runs and lasting through the 5th inning and 86 pitches.

When Did Kelly from The Bad News Bears make the Pros?

 

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     Tim Lincecum by Tom Walsh

Tim Lincecum looks like he should be pitching in high school. I will say the guy seems like the coolest person he could be. After workouts, he made it a point to sign every autograph and take pictures with fans who were waiting for him.

 

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     Tim Lincecum by Tom Walsh

I hope to see him at work on the mound soon and it will be interesting to see how his career turns out.

 

TimLincecum1byTomWalsh.JPGUntil then I’ll still crack up how small and young this guys looks but what devastation he can bring to opposing hitters. You really have to see this kid in real life to see what I mean.

From the Sky Sox to the Rox- A Lesson On Never Giving Up From Clint Barmes

Day 80

 

The Rockies had some freak injuries in 2008. None was more heartbreaking than watching the Mets Jose Reyes slide into second base and sideline Clint Barmes with a sprained knee. Not again I thought. Can’t this guy ever catch a break…?

First lesson when you get knocked down-get back up. In his rookie season 2005, while leading
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Rooting for the Rockies is fun because we are a small market team with guys like Barmes. And in case you hadn’t heard it’s not Barmes like Barnes and Nobles but  (bar-mess) or (bar-miss) depending on what emphasis or drawl you take. Either way you say it still equates to hard work and class.

There’s no huge money trouble-making free agents on the Rockies who hog the spotlight and don’t play like a team. There are just guys like Barmes who bust it day in and day out to get it done.

Before his injury in 2008, Barmes was another shining light for the Rockies. The season had
barmes_clint_.jpgstarted with Jayson Nix at second base but he struggled and was replaced by Clint. Barmes would go on to replace Tulowitzki when he had his freakish muscle tearing off the bone injury. Either position, short or second, Barmes had his stride and you had faith the middle infield was secure.

He was unstoppable hitting .343 before taking the slide from Reyes. Again fans had to wonder how he would react and what would he be like when he came back.

I made it a point to be at his first rehab game for the Sky Sox. It was just like old times. He had his huge smile and took time to talk with every fan who wanted an autograph. No sign of stress or depression. Rather just a ballplayer who, reading his body language, was humbled to be playing the game.   

That was the Clint Barmes I knew from watching the Sky Sox and those years he was trying to make the roster again for the Rockies. That was the same guy who, when never given anything but a Triple-A roster spot, acted like the most humbled guy with every autograph request and never shied away from taking a picture with a child or fan.

I didn’t have any memorabilia for Clint to sign but I handed him my ticket and wished him well rehabbing and getting back up to Denver. I wanted that ticket signed because I wanted to remember the day he came back and the start of something special.

He would make it back up to the show and still had his swing hitting .306 in his final 29 games of the season.

Barmes has been nothing but dependable in his spring so far and I and so many other Rockies fans expect big things from this ballplayer in ’09.

With guys like Barmes, Ianetta, Spilborghs, Jimenez and many others, it is easy and fun to root root root for the Rockies. No big money egos just soft spoken hard working big time players.

 

Photos- Foxsports.com- face

            CBC.ca/sports-action  

Ryan Spilborghs # 19

Day 72

Ryan Spilborghs is the comic relief for the Rockies clubhouse. His place on the field is no joke though.In honor of my number 19 ranking I decided to shine a spotlight on Spilborghs and his rising career with the Rockies.

Drafted in the seventh round of the amateur draft in 2002, “Spilly” as he’s known in Colorado
spilborghs.jpghas built his role as an outfielder in the past few seasons for the Rockies. Playing in a reserve role, he has earned a shot at the starting centerfield this upcoming season. He’s expected to take the lead off role as he had a .363 on-base percentage last season.

Hitting .313 last season, Rockies fans are hoping he can continue the great play and get clutch hits like he has been known to get since getting most of this playing time in 2007. The Rockies need a consistent lead off man and Spilborghs could very well fit that role if he is productive in his at-bats.

Beyond the numbers and skill is one of the nicest baseball players you can meet. Everytime I have ever had the opportunity to chat with Spilly I have taken it. He’s always with a smile and one guy I’ve never had trouble endorsing when people ask me who should they root for on the Rockies.

I recommend everyone check out a Spilly commercial on how to chew sunflower seeds. Also notice “do I chew it or spit it”  Ubaldo Jimenez. Also notice Chris Ianetta (WBC catcher) at the end! I’ll get you people loving and rooting for the Rockies before you know it!

 

Photo credit- Crookedpitch.com