Home Opener a Giant Disappointment

 

It had all the makings of a slugfest.  In the one corner you had a pitcher that had been struggling with his command since the middle of last year, Chacin.  In the other corner you had a pitcher that has been struggling with  his command for a lot longer than that, Zito.  Both were rocked during spring training.  Add to it the venue, hitters friendly Coors, as well as the retooled line-up of the Rockies (featuring several “upgrades” with the lumber) and you would expect to walk away from this bloody with runs.

Reality is that the best player on the Giants team today was the Rockies.  With the poor hitting, terrible fielding and abysmal pitching it was simple for the Giants to walk away from this one, Zito carting the “Complete Game Shutout” hardware to the hotel, snickering at how easy the feat was.  In front of a sold out crowd of +50,000, the sign that everything was wrong came early and cringe-inducingly loud as the Panda pounded a 2 run home run on the first pitch he saw.

The game went downhill from there.  Behind a lot of walks, errors and poor hitting many fans were prompted to boo and leave early.  When was the last time fans saw errors from two best fielders, CarGo and Tulo, and that seemed to really put a dagger in a day that was meant to shine.

Now we will have to sit through Sports Center, local news and blogs around the country proclaiming that, “Zito is back” and “Rockies shut-out during home opener”.  This will be almost as painful as the 3+ hours endured watching the game itself.

 

 


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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

You’re welcome; figured I had a great vantage point for the pregame ceremony pictures although it was just cell phone quality.

EZW
EZW
8 years ago

It was a fantastic day in LoDo: perfect weather; home Opener; fan excitment; pre-game pomp. Someone forgot to invite the Rockies players to the party.
I get “it’s early.” But really shut out at home on Opening Day by Freaking Zito?! Inexcusable. And I am already tired of Tracy’s “explanations” of this nonsense. Losing 2 of 3 to AA Astros and then not showing up at home today… What The ….

Rocky
Rocky
8 years ago

I looked for the RWO group in Jackson’s today, didn’t find y’all. Still, a lovely day today. Forgive me, I’ve been drinking.

Ike
Ike
8 years ago

I’m not sure where to put this, so I’ll put it here.

EdtheUmp and rockymountainhigh,

It was great to meet you. Thank you Ed for your hospitality. I owe you one. Rocky, I’ve read your posts here and other places for years and have the utmost respect. Meeting you and Ed was a highlight of my day.

Not enough can be said about how disappointing the effort was today; but I will offer that Roenike looked pretty darn good.

egossage
egossage
8 years ago

New players same ol rockies

Matt G
Matt G
8 years ago
Reply to  egossage

Unfortunately, my thoughts exactly. I didn’t get to watch the game today because I was workin, but I did listen to it on the radio (well, some of it). Going back to the Sunday loss at Houston (what? a Rockies Sunday loss?) what epitomized the “different but the same” outlook for me was AB by Rosario in the 9th after Cuddyer doubled to lead off. In that situation Rosario’s only job on this planet is moving Cuddyer to 3rd, where… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Matt G

Matt, the bottom line is Rosario should have been bunting Cuddyer over. I put that squarely on JT.

Matt G
Matt G
8 years ago
Reply to  Matt G

Hey, fair enough. I don’t care who wants to take up and take responsibility so long as the f**kin runner gets to 3rd! Haha

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Got back from the game a bit ago, and just wanted to go to my favorite site and vent a bit. For the first time in 20 years of Rockies baseball I left a game early, before the final out. I won’t comment about the play on the field because enough people have said enough already. My problem was with the whole “Coors Field experience”. Can the between innings “entertainment” get any more lame? It was bad and getting worse… Read more »

Swede
Swede
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

First tIme I’ve ever left early as well. Left top of the 9th. Everyone else around us had departed over the proceeding three innings in section 129! So sad. My wife and I were both shaking our heads at the dental race gig. You see things like that in AA ball games. ‘The Year of the Fan’ theme is also terrible. Fan pictures of people I don’t know on each season ticket? Now there’s a real collectors item! The marketing… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Cisco, that’s a LOL observation. I saw that tooth race thing or whatever it was. My kid was just as mystified as me. I said I thought the little one was a molar and the big one was an incisor. I guess I didn’t get it. And the roving interview girls were pretty lame. I also didn’t see a whole lot of give-aways on to fans wearing purple on Purple Monday. Here’s a bit of constructive criticism: instead of God… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Or at least mix it up,or alternate.You know like we do at third base!Maybe some rousing instrumentals-like “Stars and Stripes Forever”et.al.I’m serious.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Curious thing in the Sky Sox game tonite: DJ LeMahieu playing 3B, Brandon Wood playing 2B. LeMahieu also leading off. I think the Nelson/Pacheco third base thing’s days are numbered.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Stop the experimenting; just call up Nolan Arenado arbitration timing issue or not.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

RMH, you may have a point. 2 more hits for Arenado tonite, now hitting .500/.565/.650. The Rockies do have a history of this with Tulo c. 2007, and if the club doesn’t catch fire soon I could see Arenado getting called up very soon.

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago

Its just me, but I don’t want to see Arenado called up while JT is the manager. I believe that JT would find a way to ruin him.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

It’s all my fault.After season opener I posted that it didn’t seem right to have a Rockies game and nothing to bitch about! Well,the last 3 games have certainly corrected that situation.Jaredean,your sunday line-up post was spot on,so don’t suddenly lose your writers edge to some rah-rah cheerleading guilt trip.This team has been terrible in the last 3 games and its a disservice to sugar coat it like the ROOT crew.It maybe that the purple koolaid of the winters hopefulness… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

Jaredean,after re-reading your post,I disagree about kicking “our”team while they are down.I doubt that any of the 13 or more millionaires on the roster are losing any sleep,or could care less what is posted here.Which after the 100 or so negative comments since 2 pm.is probably a good thing.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Just want to add that 4 days in Jared, you are doing a great job with your post game write ups.

I’m sad to say I don’t know how long I can post about this team. I’m not normally that pessimistic and jaded in the real world, so to have something as awful to write/talk about as this Rockies team might turn out to be is really bringing me down.

Cesar Carvajal
Cesar Carvajal
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Hey, as Prog said, I think you’re doing a good job with this site. And one of the things I love about it, I think all of you have metioned it before, is that you don’t find all those haters comments that you find in a “popular” site. I follow a variety of sports and teams, and it’s very hard to find some website where you can find people to chat in a reasonable debate of ideas about the team.… Read more »

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
8 years ago
Reply to  Cesar Carvajal

Cesar (and JD to a large extent). Cesar took the words right out of my mouth and just because my soapbox happens to be here, I’ll get on it…. The comments, camaraderie, and frankly the knowledge I get from visiting this site, living and dying with fellow Rockies fans (hopefully the Living will outweigh the Dying soon) is why I’ve been a fan of this site and ITR since they both started. I can’t say that strong enough and frankly,… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

This site should still be fun for you,so I hope things settle down when you get state side.Thanks for responding directly to my comments[also written somewhat in anger].I hope you realize,as Prog,me,and everyone else here have said,you have/are doing a great job.I think the site needs alittle positivity once in a while.I just didn’t want you to lose that edge that made that Sunday lineup post so spot on.To love baseball I think one has to still be a kid… Read more »

Jaredean
Jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Thanks Gary, I appreciate your comments. I know that the site is loved by many, I don’t know that it’s loved by many more than myself. It isn’t a burden or anything I can’t handle. It gives me a way to express my absolute love of the Rockies, and baseball in general. I do promise you that I will continue to keep my “writers edge”, and am extremely proud of the Sunday article that I worked really hard to make… Read more »

Batgirl
Batgirl
8 years ago

Like everyone posting here, I’m trying to stay positive but it’s hard. I appreciate your analysis, Jared but I fear there really is something deeper going on. I’ll just call it The Management Curse. How else to explain catching sports center last night and seeing the following: Chris Iannetta with an RBI double, Seth Smith with an RBI single, Jason Hammel with a no hitter through the 8th in his first outing….you get my drift. We could argue back and… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Batgirl

Well said,and you really raise a point that has me wondering the same thing.

Cesar Carvajal
Cesar Carvajal
8 years ago

The Rockies have only played four games, and the word “crisis” has crossed my mind after reading lots of reviews of the last three games. I don’t think the Rockies are in a crisis, but they’re in the track that leads to it. They need a spark, they need chemstry. Usually, the players are not responsable of that chemstry, but the manager does. A few days ago I had a conversation with a friend about managers in sports. My statement… Read more »

Deep Purple
Deep Purple
8 years ago

I forced myself to go into this season with low expectations (I’m a natural optimist, so it wasn’t easy), but I have this sick feeling that this is what low expectations, deservedly low that is, looks like. Then again, we’re just four games into the season. I think Ramon Hernandez said this is no time to panic, and I think he’s right. Arenado will get here and so will others like Wheeler and probably a few more, but unless there’s… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Last season was so long and frustrating to be a fan of the Rockies that I think most of us are still holding on to 2011 venom that is added to our frustration in 2012. Yeah, its only been 4 games, but we have already seen how this story unfolds with these players and this management so it seems somewhat predictable. I live in EASTERN Nebraska so this site is where I like to discuss, and VENT about this Rockies… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

The Giants just got swept by a division foe and were embarassed. They showed up yesterday ready to make a statement and did! That’s what good teams with good leadership do. I know Wednesday’s game will be the 5th of the season but I think it will be very telling in if this current lineup and or managment is going to compete this season. I think they will come out Wednesday and make a statement like the Giants did yesterday,… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Hope you’re right!

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

Way off topic here, however I would like to comment that baseball is not being taught to professional baseball players in the same manner that it was 50 years ago. Now I admit that Cargo makes that one handed glove catch 999 out of 1,000 times, however it is the “1” time that you do not make it, that you are properly instructed to catch a baseball with the glove hand covered by the free hand. Same thing with players… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

Unable to watch the game yesterday, however I did track it on radio and gameday for a few innings. Two things were very obvious from the gameday pitch tracking. 1. Chacin pitches were either way out of the zone or in the top third of the zone. Also his velocity was topping out at 91 mph. Especially at Coors Field, you better live in the “bottom third” with that 90ish stuff or you are gonna get hammered. 2. Zito was… Read more »

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

OrangeRockes, if we give Chacin only two or three more starts, then who comes in to take those starts after that until DLR comes back? We have a 49 year old starter whose fastball goes 80 because he’s the best option that we have at the moment. All the depth we thought we had in spring training (Moscoso, White, Chatwood) doesn’t look like real depth at this point. Hopefully by the end of the season one or more of these… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Not saying he will, however if Chacin continues to struggle like Monday, then the Rockies will have no choice but to turn to other potential starters.

Chatwood
White
Moscoso
Cabrera
Outman (hurt)
Bettis (also hurt)

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
8 years ago

Ed, can you steer me to a “Sabr for Dummies” website (if there is such a thing)? I’d like to take a peek at it.

Thanks!
TJ

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

It is not the results of Chacin’s start that really trouble me, it is the way those results were achieved. Wasn’t there at Coors Field in person but it seemed to be that he walked way too many and when he got hit the ball was hit very hard. Everything except the Panda homeer (low ball hitter) was way up in the zone. This all stems from fastball command as J Tracy tends to point out to the media, and… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

I remember most people defending Chacin when he came back against O’Dowd and defended his work ethic. Who was telling the truth or not is probably hard to tell, but it might also be beside the point depending on the direct Chacin goes. At this point I think there was more to O’Dowd’s point than Chacin would have wanted people to believe. That said, O’Dowd is the fool here. Not only is he stuck with YET ANOTHER player falling short… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

I try very had to stay positive, but I have a hard time being optimistic about a team whose management gave Jim Tracy tenure after two consecutive disappointing seasons and two September collapses. I know I’m scapegoating our perennial manager, but ITR (and now RWO) abounds with questionable managerial moves that cost the Rockies games. It’s a strange culture; scapegoat and get rid of the bad eggs in the clubhouse, bring in new eggs that perform just as poorly, treat… Read more »

Trip
Trip
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

“What’s that? Ah — Playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs?! You kidding me?! Playoffs?! I just hope we can win a game! Another game!”

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

There are some pulitzer prize winning posts here,especially after our fearless[exhausted]leader responded to my cheerleader criticism.If there are better sites than this they must be staffed by “professional”writers.Yes Agbayani,I believe the word community describes this site,and rightfully so!

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

That’s why I love this RWO site; in the bad times we can vent our frustrations out and yet we can step back and remind each other that we are here for each other and meditate yoga-style. Thank you all RWOers and especially Jared for this wonderful community. Like Jared, I do enjoy writing. I have two styles of writing: 1) writing as if it is an article with two sides to the story 2) venting which is reserved for… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

I think Agbayani has all of that knowledge that I can pretend to understand.As one of the senior citizen posters,I was taught this about our beloved game.Throw ball-see ball-hit ball-catch ball.Simple game!

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

Top notch article, Ag. You should submit this as a guest columnist to the Denver Post!

IggyRox
IggyRox
8 years ago

First of all, thanks again to Jared for a top notch site. Also thanks to the many astute posters whose views are right on. I enjoy reading everything y’all have to say. We are 4 games into a season. I have to echo some of what Agbayanni said… just can’t say it so well. I also have to remind people that here in Denver Broncos country, 3 lousy games out of 4 is devastating for a football team. This is… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Did you mean Wilfred Brimley or Ed the Ump.In photos I can’t tell them apart.LOL.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Thanks, guys, for reading and making some nice comments about my long post on this thread. A few more mundane thoughts: IggyRox, on Moyer: I have no problem with giving him a shot a being the 5th starter. Not only is he a nice story, he actually has a chance to be an acceptable performer in that role. I like him better in that role than his competition if that’s Moscoso and Outman. But he is a 5th starter at… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I agree on all points above,but I promise not to make it a habit.I guess there has been no direct addressing of the Helton issue because they figure to fill in by committee,ie.Giambi,Cudyer,Pacheco[the future?],and even Colvin.If Arenado is the real deal,and looks like our 3rd basemen for a decade,than they must address 1st in the off season.Todd looked good in ST and I’m hoping he’ll have one last good year.I agree with others that Moyers start wasn’t that bad.My worry… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

I loved the comments by Tulo and Cuddyer on fan “panic”. Tulo has a point. Look how last season started … and ended. Cuddyer’s was classic. Not time to start burning the bats yet.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago

Well Jared, see how your angst has led to some absolutely fantastic, + most importantly, heart-felt comments. I think this is EXACTLY what the site is supposed to be. The obvious is we got hit with a nasty combination Sun then Mon. First the clearly irrational moves Sunday to waste Nicasio’s truly uplifting start. Then the shamefully flat performance amidst all of the pomp, hope, + hype of Opening Day. Readers were truly devastated + the “angry” comments resulted. A… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

I like how you can see the shadows from the balloons on the ground in the banner picture at the top of the page.

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Jared doesn’t miss any detail, does he? 🙂

Let’s go boys-time to light up Lincecum. Or as my wife and I call him…”Mitchy” (for all your Dazed and Confused movie fans).

GO ROX!

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