CarGo Hitting Lead-off in ASG Lineup

CarGo HR High 5 - photo by Rox Addict

In a strange, if not wonderful, turn of events, Carlos Gonzalez has been picked to hit lead-off for the National League in his first trip to the All Star Game.  The honor to start the All Star game is something unexpected, hitting lead-off even more so.  The only letdown, if there is one, is that the fans won’t witness his amazing talent in the field, with him being placed in the DH roll.

La Russa explained his choice of having CarGo hit leadoff to mlb.com, saying he sought advice from Carney Lansford who played for him with the A’s:

I asked him about CarGo, and he said he can hit all over…[Lansford] said last year when [the Rockies] really got hot, he hit at the top of the lineup and made things happen. I like that when Justin [Verlander] takes the mound at the top of the first, he looks over there and he sees some real damage right off the bat. He’s got all the weapons to deal with it, but I think these guys will get his attention.

Hopefully CarGo can shake off his current slump and really go out and have a great time.  Perhaps the Home Run Derby will give him the batting practice he needs for the game.

Home Run Derby (July 9th | ESPN | 6:00 PM)

All-Star Game (July 10th | FOX | 5:30 PM)

 

 


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rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

I have disappeared for a while; my wife was taken to the ER with the brain aneurysm a little over a week ago and now she is resting in neuro intensive care unit. I haven’t been able to concentrate on the Rockies most of the time; I haven’t watched a live game since end of June. What I know about the Rockies come from reading the Denver Post articles. Today’s article (Kizla column) mentioned that the Montforts replied to a… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Best to you and your wife, rockymtnhigh. Life has its way of interjecting itself between us and our teams. Two years ago when my house burned down on Labor Day in Four Mile, the Rockies in September couldn’t really get through to me nor be my usual passion/diversion… (may be a lucky thing, there – it was a total crash and burn – pun intended?) I hope she recovers fully and quickly.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Best wishes to your wife and family RMH.

Ike
Ike
8 years ago

rockymountainhigh,

I get so worked up about the Rockies, but that’s not what important in life. Prayers and warm thoughts for you and your wife. As Jaredean already said, let us know if you we can do anything.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

RMH, I can sympathize with you completely. In 1987 on the night before “The Drive” by the Broncos, my mother suffered a brain aneurysm which required emergency surgery. Her recovery was long and difficult, but she eventually lived a full life including the ability to drive her car. She occasionally mixed up words, and she could only do the checkbook in the morning as by the afternoon she was confused by the numbers. She traveled extensively. She passed away in… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Yikes … sorry to hear. I hope nothing but the best for her and you and family.

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
8 years ago

Best wishes RMH, I’m sure the rest of the RWO “family” will send prayers and good karma your way.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  TJinPhoenix

AMEN!

jeem
jeem
8 years ago

Most wishes for yer wife’s recovery, RMH. If it’s ant consolation, my mom went through that probably 20 yrs ago. She’s now 82 and still completely independent.

roxnsox
roxnsox
8 years ago

And may I join the chorus I’ve heard and read elsewhere expressing disgust with ESPN interviewing two pitchers throughout Cargo’s at-bat? Bush. Not surprising to Rockies fans that our team and players are treated this way, nothing new; but not acceptable either.

sabrchip
sabrchip
8 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Prayers and best wishes to your better half RMH. Oh yeh, the glorified batting practice known as the HRD. I tuned it in just after Trumbo was ousted. These derbies always bore me any way, so I’m glad I didn’t tune in the geeks on Ego Sports Preening Newts. Sure am glad MLB has their own channel and am looking forward to the next cable contracts so they can get away from those limited time look-ins of games. SABR has… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

Now back to the game. With the way this season is going we should have known Cargo would go 0-2, Holliday would pinch hit for him and drive in a run, and Ryan Braun would play great while the guy we all felt should have beaten him for the ROY in 2007 sits at home with a bum leg.

IggyRox
IggyRox
8 years ago

This one is off the charts. So what the heck, chime in! So, an original idea for the ASG. Borrow from little league… every inning, every hitter hits. When all offense guys have batted, take the field. Defensive starters play 3 innings, mix and match the rest of the way. Every pitcher pitches 1 inning. Have a fireman to rescue insane innings. Runs minus outs is the score for that inning. OK that might mean 9AB, so split the squad… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Reminds me of the time in Athens, OH where a budding sports writer described seeing a quadruple play in T-ball. Everyone batted and so outs didn’t stop at three. The last batter came up with the bases loaded. He hit the ball and all runners kept running. Result: 4 outs at home plate.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

Who gives a crap what Matt Cain has to say? “Duh, I think every outfield wall should be at least 600 feet from home plate.”

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

RMH best to your wife on a full and complete recovery. We sit here and complain or not about baseball and many of us have “Baseball is Life” T-shirts, but of course it’s not. Our family has had a tough 7 months or so with both my parents passing away and a brother who had 3 brain surgeries in 3 weeks so I understand your feelings. To me watching ball (or whatever the Rockies call their brand of ball) is… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

He did say that.

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

Thoughts go out to you and your family RMH…certainly wishing your family the best. Bill- I caught that right away when he mentioned Cargo’s 3rd ASG…They sure went out of their way to talk about Chipper and Harper. Of course the classic moment was Harper looking up and clueless of where the ball was. I know they want to promote the up and coming stars and why not. But don’t treat others like an afterthought as they did with Cargo.… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

The team with the best record may happen to have a weaker schedule during the season than their opponent, so that is not necessarily the best way to determine home field advantage. The ASG is not either. I propose this: The league with the best inter-league record gets the home field as it has demonstrated over all teams and all venues that it has had a superior season. I’m not talking about the team with the best inter-league record, rather… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

BTW, today is Day 4 of 5 without a Rockies loss. So refreshing!

Also, take a look at the schedule on the Rockies website. Notice the result of the All-Star game is shown as “L 0-8”. Think there isn’t bias towards the “superior” AL? Geez!

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

So any talk about available Rockies players seem to have gone by the wayside … if you believe the national talking heads. Why? It is being alleged because of the continued high asking price.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Maybe because we think we’re going to make a run at the Division?

Sorry, a bad joke.

Liz
Liz
8 years ago

Oh my gosh, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your wife! Hang in there.

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