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"At Bat 2009" MLB's Killer App for the iPhone/iPod
Rockies Push Wild Card Lead To 3 Games
Colorado Signs Jason Giambi
Coors Naming Rights: Multi-million Dollar Rip Off!
Rox Lose Opener
Rockies Deal Holliday for Bag of Beans
Rocky Mountain News is Dead
Rockies' Myths Updated

Rockies Off Season Moves:
Get new owners? No!
Fire Clint Hurdle? No! (Finally fired him during the season)  
Trade Matt Holliday? Yes!
Trade Atkins? No!
Trade Taveras?
Yes! (actually, just lost him to free agency with no return)

Oh, well 2 out of 5 isn't too bad, considering....

Rockies Saga - Volume XVII - 2009

Rockies Raise Ticket Prices 500% At Soopers

Before 2005, if you spent $25 on groceries at King Soopers, you could buy 6 tickets for $2 each. In 2005, they raised the ticket price to $5, with a limit of 4. After that, the deal seemed to go away completely. Now, in the April 5, 2009 paper, in the "MLB Preview" section of the Denver Post, King Soopers placed a full page ad for a new deal: spend $25 on groceries, present a SooperCard (free customer club), and you can buy up to 4 tickets to April and May games for $10 each, in certain areas. This is 5 times what they used to charge just 4 years ago, and believe us when we say the Rockies are not 5 times better than they were in 2004. These tickets are in the farthest reaches at the ends of foul lines in the lower level seats. It sounds better than it actually is - the angle is bad, and they are in the sun. These are also favorites of families and groups of wailing children. The Rockies also appear to give the seats that are not sold at Soopers to charities, the military, etc. Suffice it to say, it was tolerable at $2, but at $10? Not so much.
 
9/23Helton has surgery.
10/7Hitting Coach Alan Cockrell, Third Base Coach Mike Gallego
and Bench Coach Jamie Quirk let go.
10/7Bullpen Coach Rick Matthews to be reassigned within organization.
11/11 Matt Holliday traded to Oakland for closer Huston "Blake" Street, left handed starter Greg "Bad Egg" Smith, and outfielder Carlos "Double Z" Gonzalez.
11/24 Rockies hire bench coach Jim "Spacey" Tracy, third-base coach Rich "Flower" Dauer bullpen coach Jim "Wrong" Wright, and hitting coach Don Baylor. No, that is not a misprint, Don "Teflon Don" Baylor is back.
12/6 Brian Fuentes declines arbitration and becomes a free agent.
12/8 Rockies sign Paul Phillips, former KC and White Sox catcher, to minor league contract.
12/10 CO becomes Alan Embree's 10th team as he signs two year contract; the 39 year-old lefty has a career 4.55 ERA.
12/12 Rockies "non-tender" Willy Taveras. In other words, they declined to sign him to a contract for 2009. At the same time, they decline to sign infielder Jonathan Herrera.
12/13 Rockies resign Herrera to a minor league contract and invite him to spring training, obviously to save money.
12/18 Another lefty reliever, Glendon Rusch, is signed to a one year contract.
12/31 Luis A. Gonzalez, former Rockies utility man to minor league contract; last played in Japan for Yomiuri Giants.
12/31 Los Angeles Angels sign Brian Fuentes to a two year contract for $17,500,000. Cincinnatti signed Willy Taveras for two years at $6.25 million. The Rockies thought these guys were worthless. Good call.
1/5 Luis Vizcaino traded to Cubs for veteran starter Jason Marquis.
1/14 The Rockies invited veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik to spring training.
1/19 Jorge De La Rosa signed a one year contract to pitch for $2 million.
1/20 Rockies sign closer Huston Street to a one-year, $4.5 million contract. Infielder Clint Barmes, and right-handers Taylor Buchholz and Jason Grilli avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year contracts.
1/27 Ubaldo Jimenez signs for 4 years at $10 million.
2/2 Josh Fogg signed to minor league contract.
2/3 Garrett Atkins signs a 1 year contract for $7.05, avoiding arbitration.
2/4 A's trade outfielder Matt Murton to Rockies for future infield star Corey Wimberly.
2/7 Righty reliever Scott Munter signed.
2/10 Catcher Sal Fasano signed.
2/11 Rockies sign ex-Cardinal left handed pitcher Randy Flores.
2/25 Jeff Francis has shoulder surgery; out for 2009 season.
2/25 Rockies beaten by D'backs in Cactus League opener, 5-3 in Tucson
2/26 4-1 White Sox in second Colorado loss in Tucson
2/27 Rox lose 5-3 to Angels in Tempe (3 in a row)
2/28 Home again for 13-5 loss to Manny-less Dodgers at Hi Corbett
3/1 Goodyear, Arizona not good for Rockies as they lose 6-4 to Indians
3/2 Angels punch Rockies, 12-3 for 6th in a row
3/3 Rockies lose 8-6 to Brewers, for a perfect 0-7 Spring Record
3/5 Loss to Mexico, 7-3
3/6 First win against San Diego, 13-11
3/7 Beat San Francisco, 9-7
3/8 Beat Padres again, 4-2
3/10 Triumph over Oakland, 14-7
3/11 Shut out Cleveland, 5-0
3/12 Hung rare loss on Angels, 6-4
3/12 Defeated by Giants, 7-3
3/14 Loss to Seatle, 10-5
3/15 Beat Dodgers, 9-5
3/16 Beat Arizona, 8-3
3/16 Jason Hirsh and Eric Young, Jr. optioned to minor league camp.
3/17 Tied Kansas City, 9-9
3/19 Beaten by Dodgers, 3-2
3/20 Topped by Texas, 11-5
3/21 Texas prevails again, 8-4
3/22 Squeak by Indians, 3-2
3/23 Rox Wallop Brewers, 7-1
3/24 Cubs beat Rockies, 9-8
3/25 Angels pound Rox, 18-11
3/26 Dodgers top Rockies, 8-6
3/27 Rockies 8, Mariners 3
3/28 Rox 10, Cubs 6
3/29 Oakland 7, Colorado 6

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