Playin for Nothing and Still Losin

On a day that saw CarGo and Arenado make the news twice before first pitch, the news from the field wasn’t near as exciting.  Sure, they went 3 for 7 combined, but nary a long ball was struck.

Earlier in the day Weiss went  to bat for his boys saying:

I don’t plan on sitting either one of them, really.  They’re both chasing some things. They’re having unbelievable seasons. That competition is good for both of them.  I believe they’re good for each other. Nolan is wound pretty tight, is very intense. It’s helped that he sees CarGo, who is more carefree. I think it’s rubbed off on him, and vice versa.

Nolan is tied with Harper for the NL crown with 41 HR’s and Cargo is just behind with 40.  The difference is over the last 7 games Cargo has 3 long balls and Nolan has 2.  Harper, on the other hand, is sitting on a big fat doughnut.

So, it was nice Weiss wanted to give his boys a chance and they looked to return the favor in kind.

When the DP reported that Bridich was (shocker) going to wait until the end of the season to make a decision on whether Walt would walk or not next season, the slug-brothers made it known how they felt in no uncertain terms:

I think Walt did a good job. I really do. You can’t blame him for the way we played.  At the end of the day, we weren’t very good this year. … The blame doesn’t go to him. He puts the best guys out there, and we need to go perform. We weren’t able to do that this year. Hopefully, we’ll have some guys next year ready to play and give him a better chance to win.

That was how Arenado felt about the blame.  Pretty innocuous, pointing to the team as the reason they weren’t winning.  Nice of him to lump himself into the mix by using the phrase, “we weren’t very good this year” and “we need to go perform…we weren’t able to do that this year.”

CarGo wasn’t quite as inclusive, preaching to he Post what each and every one of us are thinking:

It’s tough on him because you don’t have the guys any manager would ask for, rotation-wise.  There’s always a different guy pitching. I can’t imagine how hard it would be for a manager. But at the same time, he’s handled it very well.  He’s showing you he wants to win every night, even if they aren’t the guys he wants. It’s the same way for all of us. We have to put our uniform on and play hard.

Couldn’t have said it any better ourselves here at RWO.

Oh, back to he game.  If one thing was encouraging it was the continued success of Bettis.  Ironically the dude threw six innings of two run (one earned) ball to put his average at 2.97 after seven starts, a rare bright spot on a team that (as CarGo put it), (they) don’t have the guys any manager would ask for.”

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sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

The Jeff Bridich interview during the game was mildly interesting. He’s very well spoken. Very careful not to say anything offensive or derogatory.

It was sort interesting (to me) when he was asked to point out positives from this year and he said “defense” and talked about that for a few minutes. That was it……nothing else. I thought for sure he’d try to sugarcoat something else, or make some excuses. But he didn’t.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I’m kind of surprised he specifically mentioned all 4 catchers by name and stated they are a strong group. Strictly my perception but he seemed to give them a vote of confidence.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Yeah – I picked up on that as well. It’s almost like he knew they have caught some heat (pardon the pun) recently and he went out of his way to point them out as a positive.

I should note that a missed a couple of minutes of his interview, so I may missed something.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Odd that Bridich could only point to “defense” as a positive for this year. As I’ve noted before, lots of things went right this year, from Bettis emerging as a solid starter to Arenado emerging as a slugger to DJ having a breakout year at the plate to guys like Hundley having big rebound seasons. Of course none of that mattered in the end given the horrific pitching …

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
5 years ago

I’ve found Bridich to be cautious (in the 4 or so times I’ve heard him speak), and seemingly really bright, but also not falsely positive, because there’s nothing positive in a 99 loss season. I hope he has some good ideas for pitching that eluded his predecessor. It’ll be good to see what he can do in the next couple of years, hopefully, without too much oversight by Mr. Monfort.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
5 years ago

Pitching came up. Drew asked the question that was all encompassing for the last 15 years to include Mike Hampton and company. What I found interesting in his response was that he mentioned that Rockies fans seem to forget that Hampton actually had a good 1st season here.

Iggyrox
Iggyrox
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Yes, Hampton did have a good 1st year here, but it wasn’t us that forgot that, it was MONTFORT.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Jared, that’s great! Although I have to admit that if I was at that game I’d have spent more time watching the Alpha Chi girls than watching Boone Logan deliver the latest bullpen meltdown … a LOT more time …

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