I apologize for the lack of updates last week, my work had a major training meeting and my part in it was quite significant. In preparing for the week of training, I also missed posting a the last 2 Rockies Primetime shows on 850 KOA. I’ve typed up a few quotes from the January 16th show and hope to have the 23rd and the 30th recaps up in the next few days.
Some sad news for those of us that have followed the Rockies through FSN/Root sports’ broadcasts: Alanna Rizzo will not be giving her usual Field Reports this coming season as she has been picked up by the MLB Networks on air team. I reached out to her to see if I could get some comments for the site, but after asking her new employer if it would be OK, I was told that it wouldn’t be possible. She did say that she was very sorry and appreciated the request. Hopefully they will let her talk to us after she begins her new job so we can get an idea of how she likes it.
I did briefly talk to Marc Stout about her leaving and he had this to say:
Alanna and I both joined FSN-RM during the second half of the Rockies 2007 World Series season. The offer to further her broadcast career by the MLB network speaks volumes about her work during her time in Colorado. She will be missed by many, and everyone wishes her well.
I guess if there is any silver lining to Alanna leaving, it will be that our good friend (and RWO contributor) Marc will have more airtime!
Alanna did post the following on her Facebook page:
I wanted to let Facebook Nation know that I be joining MLB Network’s on-air team. It was an incredibly difficult decision to make as I absolutely have LOVED my job over the past 4+ years at ROOT Sports | Rocky Mountain Region. The new opportunity with MLB Network is an incredible one and I’m extremely excited for my next adventure. Thank you so much for your support and please keep in touch. I will forever be pulling for my hometown teams and representing CO well on the East Coast.
Alanna’s last Root Sports appearance will be February 4th, according to the Denver Post article that highlights her move to the MLB Network.
ROCKIES PRIMETIME RECAP (1/15/12)
The second airing of Rockies Primetime, on 850 KOA, included interviews with new Rockies pitcher, Tyler Chatwood as well as The Cowboy. Here are some quotes and notes from the airing:
What kind of pitcher are you?
Normally I was just a straight 4 seam pitcher and then two years ago i started to develop my 2 seam, which has helped me out a lot. Last year I threw a slider into my arsenal so now I have a 4 seam, 2 seam fast ball, curve ball, slider and a change-up. I feel like I challenge guys with a fast ball, but that slider is going to get me back into counts when I need to with the breaking ball.
What about Coors field, what have you heard and think about it?
You hear a lot of stuff about pitching there, but it kind of boils down to just making pitches. Just having confidence in your stuff and I’m not really worried about that. Obviously the ball is going to carry a little better, but you can’t worry about that you just have to be focused on committing your pitches.
What did you feel like getting called up at 21, quite young for most big league pitchers?
When I first got a call up, I started that night and threw one inning and they took me out in Salt Lake City, so I didn’t really know what was going on. After the game they told me I’d been called up and it kind of hits you all at once. You’ve been waiting for that all of your life and all of a sudden it kind of came true, the first time you step out on that mound, the adrenaline rush, everything going on. You know looking back on the season this year I’ve learned a lot and had a lot of fun and I’m excited to get a chance for the second season.
The interview went on to talk about his preferences between pitching near his home for the Angels vs on the road, and if the better road splits were because he didn’t like pitching near home. His answer showed that that wasn’t really the case, but it can be distracting at home with influences like friends and family that call up a lot, asking for tickets, etc.
The interview wrapped up with questions about his confidence coming in, his joining such a young staff, his knowledge of the Rockies, his height (comparison to Oswalt) and if he is ready to wear purple after all of the red.
Overall another excellent interview with one of the latest additions to our pitching staff.
After the Chatwood interview Tracy Ringolsby joined the gang for a round of questions. Together they covered topics like
- Bud Selig’s contract being extended two years (the Cowboy and the Commissioner are pretty close and he feels that with the money and success he’s had, plus his love of baseball, that the extension is a no brainer)
- Smith trade (makes sense because Smith will be FA next year, Cuddyer made him expendable and getting 2 young arms helped – plus Smith will be helped from this playing every day)
- What off-season move he is most happy about (Tyler Chatwood looks really good to him as well as all of the young guys coming in)
- Scouting (many of the new arms are from first few rounds that the team has control of for several years)
- Cuddyer (really needing his right-handed bat and his possibly filling in for Todd and taking over in a few years if Todd retires)
- Last year’s failure (didn’t have enough starting pitching)
- Nolan Arenado (opened a lot of scouts eyes because he got rid of baby fat, was drafted as first baseman but has worked himself into 3rd)
They wrapped everything up by talking about the up coming Fan Fest and how much they love that most of the players show up and interact well with the fans.
If you’d like to listen to the interview in its entirety, you can find it HERE