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October 12, 2007 6:00 AM

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The Rockies did all they needed to do to Brandon Webb and the D-backs. To beat Arizona's ace on his home field is a huge advantage for the Rocks as they move through the NLCS. I was surprised to see how much Webb seemed to wilt under the pressure.

Returning Willy Taveras to the lead-off position after a long absence proved to be an important tactical move by Hurdle. It gave the Rocks speed and an extra push early. The guy who continues to amaze me is Kazuo Matsui, a clutch hitter and a terrific glove at second.

The Rocks have the edge now and have clearly gotten into the heads of the D-backs. But as the Rocks have been saying lately, play them one at a time and the games will take care of themselves. I can't keep from thinking...isn't this whole thing just a blast? Watching this team come on strong at the end when it counts, gaining momentum into the playoffs and becoming a true threat to get to the Series, if not win the whole thing, it's all like something out of the Twilight Zone.

I want to hear your impressions of game on and your thoughts on game two so leave those comments my fellow bloggers.

Yours in the Twilight Zone,
Drew



Discussion

  • October 12, 2007

    7:37 AM

    Jeremy writes:

    Nice toon Drew.
    I think it's premature to say the Rox have gotten into the heads of the D-backs; our team simply played better than theirs - no headshrinking required. It does appear the Rox are certainly in the heads of the D-backs fans given that outburst last night. I'm still thinking Rox in 5.

  • October 12, 2007

    8:14 AM

    Distant Fan writes:

    As viewed from my couch in Coeur D'Alene Idaho I observed that if the Broncos could block like a D'backs base runner they would be in first place. Anyway a good game and some good hits that were placed in the right spots, the short out field or no mans land as the case may be. Going for the fence is a waste of time and at best is a sacrifice fly.

    GO ROCKIES

  • October 12, 2007

    8:30 AM

    Chris writes:

    As a Colorado native who is in Michigan purgatory, it is awesome to see the Rox playing in October. I never thought I would be ignoring Broncos football this time of year, but I am sure enjoying it! It is just great to see a full and electric Coors Field crowd on a national stage once again! Go Rox!

  • October 12, 2007

    8:33 AM

    dave in bayfield writes:

    I agree with Drew. This is a blast...a lot of continuing fun.

    It's also fun to watch the TV pundits try to figure it all out. Even Eric Young picked the Phillies and Cubs for the NLCS back in the day (last week).

    The umpire got the call right on Upton's slide. I'm happy Katsui was not injured.

    Game Two? I think it's about time for Helton to break out...again.

  • October 12, 2007

    8:34 AM

    dave in bayfield writes:

    Oops....Matsui.

  • October 12, 2007

    8:58 AM

    Lou writes:

    Seemed just like a regular game. Which is awesome! The Rox play it loose, don't press too much and the bullpen is really on a roll.

    The starters just need to get through 5-6 innings and then the magic kicks in. The pen knows their roll and just continue to execute.

    Helton deserves the Gold Glove at 1st and if he doesn't win that award, we should all be upset. MVP for Holliday, ROY for Tulo would be great, but a travesty would be in place if Helton doesn't win the Gold Glove. He makes everything look routine at first and you saw last night what can happen when the 1st baseman blows a routine play.

  • October 12, 2007

    10:24 AM

    Ben Lilly writes:

    "The umpire got the call right on Upton's slide."

    Right call or not, the call was gratuitious. That call might be made one time in a thousand. What this call did was bring into question the umpires judgement.
    What these insane calls (The Atkin's ball, the Holliday slide, and now the Upton slide) are doing is making a lot of folks doubt the fairness in the game. There was no real reason for the umpire to make the call on Upton. If for no other reason, the call had no business being made because it was extremely obvious that Matsui was not intending to throw to first base. Matsui didn't argue. Not a soul would have raised so much as a grumble had they just called it normal.
    The thing that bugs me more than a lot of things is this: How on earth is there a rule that allows an umpire to call a player out at first base when a throw is never made? Who decided that umpires can create outs? I wouldn't have an issue with this if Matsui has actually made an attempt to turn the double play, but he didn't. Hard slides are part of the game. Baserunners have been doing exactly what Upton did for a hundred years.

    The umpire killed a good rally. It also killed what was going to be a very exciting and entertaining game.

    I would be interested how "correct" this call might have been from the Colorado fan's viewpoint if the Rockies were the ones that had their rally killed.
    The call was unnecessary. Plain and simple. A bad call.

    Does this now mean that the scales are not even on calls this postseason anymore, and that the D-backs are now owed one? A lot of Rockies fans I have spoken with have stated that the Holliday slide made up for the Atkin's ball not being called a dinger. If that's the case, then the D-backs should now have a marble in their pocket. The Umps now "owe" Arizona one, right?

  • October 12, 2007

    12:18 PM

    Thrawn writes:

    The officials should not "owe" anybody anything.

    I am not so sure the Holiday call was a "make up" call. i mean, the catcher did not have the ball and he was blocking the plate, which i am told you CAN NOT DO when you do not have the ball.

    Arizona will catch a break on a call somewhere this series, it always happens in baseball. But it should be due to an honest mistake on the part of the umps. Not because they felt bad about a decision they made earlier.

  • October 12, 2007

    12:36 PM

    Ben Lilly writes:

    I'm not saying that the Holliday call was a make up call. I'm just stating that folks on this blog and elsewhere have been saying that the Holliday call evened things out for the Umps "blowing" the Atkin's HR call.

    Thus, I made my post based on those observations.

    One has to wonder though. If things really do even out in the long run, are the Rockies due to go 1-18 to open next season?

    Wouldn't that be interesting?

  • October 12, 2007

    1:54 PM

    Dayle writes:

    Ben, before the Upton call, Helton got hit by a pitch, and the ump shrugged it off. Even the announcers on TBS were saying Helton was "fishing for an easy base" and then they say that no, a baseball CANNOT change direction in mid-flight without hitting something.

    Calls go both ways. Either a team dwells on it and loses, or a team forgets and keeps playing. The D-backs dwelled and as a result lost the game.

  • October 12, 2007

    2:17 PM

    Jeremy writes:

    Paraphrased version: shut your whining.
    Unabridged version:
    Umpires made calls according to their best judgment; replays showed that a couple of times it went against the Rox and a couple times it went against the Dbacks. Funny how "luck" or "the refs" or whatever always seems to work out for the teams that are good. This would seem painfully obvious as the game was in Chase stadium, which according to this conspiracy logic would be providing the home-team Dbacks with the advantage.
    Simply, in game 1 the Rox got it done and Arizona didn't. Today is a new game and the scoreboard will start at 0-0 again.

  • October 12, 2007

    2:22 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    It doesn't matter that Matsui attempted a throw or not. Rule 7.09 especially (e) and (f) states that the ball is dead as soon as there is interference. Is it certain Matsui wasn't going to attempt a throw? How can the call be right but still be bad?
    The ump didn't kill a good rally, Upton did by taking out his anger on the slide into Kazuo and costing his team.

    7.09(e) If, in the judgment of the umpire, a base runner willfully and deliberately interferes with a batted ball or a fielder in the act of fielding a batted ball with the obvious intent to break up a double play, the ball is dead. The umpire shall call the runner out for interference and also call out the batter-runner because of the action of his teammate. In no event may bases be run or runs scored because of such action by a runner.

    His intent was to break up the double play. There should be no complaining, and as for fairness of the game, shouldn't rules be followed then??

  • October 12, 2007

    2:34 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    relating to my post right below this, I just watched the play again and Matsui was definitly going to make a throw had his legs not been taken out. the end.

  • October 12, 2007

    3:20 PM

    CHIZZIE writes:

    Drew another great cartoon.

  • October 12, 2007

    3:21 PM

    WorkingClassHero writes:

    Funny how well Rockies fans take bogus calls when they favor their own team.

    As for the rules -

    Put away the freaking rulebook quotes already. The fact is that that call that was made is NEVER made. I've been watching baseball for 26 years and never once have i ever seen an umpire call an automatic double play.

    It's a stupid rule.

  • October 12, 2007

    4:40 PM

    Distant Fan writes:

    Hey hero, 26 years? Wow since 1980. That sure must make you an expert. Other than being a total antagonist ***hole, you are a total dunce. Put a sock in and go play with your self.

  • October 12, 2007

    4:50 PM

    Distant Fan writes:

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