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Standing: Last, 19 GB AZ

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Game Synopsis

Salaries in Parens, M=Millions, K=Thousands

Game#, Date, W/L Score, Record


Game 162 at SD, 10/7,  W 10-3 (73-89)
Game MVP:
Juan Uribe, 3-5, 2 HR, 2B, 5 RBI.
 LVP: Kane Davis, 0 IP, 2 ER, BB, HR.


Game 161 at SD, 10/6,  L 4-10 (72-89)
Game MVP:
Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 3 for 4, HR, 2 RBI. LVP: Scott Elarton, 5 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 HR.


Game 160 at SD, 10/5,  W 4-0 (72-88)
Game MVP:
Jason Jennings 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER. LVP: Juan Pierre (215K), 0 for 4, 0 R, 2 LOB.


Game 159 at AZ, 10/4,  L 4-5 (71-88)
Game MVP:
Todd Helton (4.95M) 2-5, HR, RBI. LVP: Denny Neagle (7M), 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER.


Game 158 at AZ, 10/3,  L 3-4 (71-87)
Game MVP:
Justin Speier, 2 IP, 0 ER, 3 SO. LVP: Greg Norton ($450K), 0-4, 2 SO, 5 LOB.


Game 157 at AZ, 10/2,  L 1-10 (71-86)
Game MVP:
Greg Norton ($450K), 3-4, 2B, RBI.  LVP: Mike Hampton (10.5M), 6.1 IP, 9 H, 8 ER.


Game 156 vs. MIL, 9/30,  W 10-0 (71-85)
Game MVP:
John Thomson threw a shutout, walking only 1, and at the bat he was 3-4 with two runs, an RBI and a triple. LVP: Larry Walker (12.17M) 0-4, 4 LOB.


Game 155 vs. MIL, 9/29,  W 14-12 (70-85)
Game MVP:
Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB, 2B, BB. LVP: Denny Neagle (7M), 4.2 IP, 10 H, 8 ER.


Game 154 vs. MIL, 9/28,  W 6-5 (69-85)
Game MVP:
Alex Ochoa, singled in the winning run with two out in the 9th. LVP: Scott Elarton, 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 5 BB.


Game 153 vs. SD, 9/27,  W 13-9 (68-85)
Game MVP:
Larry Walker (12.17M) 2-4, 4 RBI. LVP: Jason Jennings 1.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER.


Game 152 vs. SD, 9/26,  L 1-3 (67-85)
Game MVP:
Shawn Chacon, 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 H. LVP: Justin Speier, 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, and after doing so well in the previous game.


Game 151 vs. SD, 9/25,  L 7-8 (67-84)
Game MVP:
Mike Hampton (10.5M), 6 IP, 10 H, 7 ER. LVP: Todd Helton (4.95M), 3 for 4, HR, RBI.


Game 150 vs. SD, 9/24,  W 5-3 (67-83)
Game MVP:
Justin Speier, it's great to score a lot of runs, but at some point you have to stop the other team to win, and Speier did it. LVP: Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), on a night when the team got 19 hits, Jeff got 1; they got 15 runs, he didn't score or knock in any.


Game 149 at MTL, 9/23,  W 5-3 (66-83)
Game MVP:
Jose Ortiz, game-winning HR in ninth. LVP: Juan Uribe, 0-5, 3 SO, 3 LOB.


Game 148 at MTL, 9/22,  L 1-3 (65-83)
Game MVP:
Scott Elarton, 7 IP, 1 H, 2 ER. LVP: Ochoa, 0-4, 2 SO, 2 LOB.


Game 147 at MTL,9/21,  W 11-9 (65-82)
Game MVP:
Bret Butler 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 LOB. LVP: Jason Jennings 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER.


Game 146 at MTL, 9/20,  L 3-8 (64-82)
Game MVP:
Shawn Chacon, 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H. LVP: Jay Powell, 1 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 2 BB.


Game 145 vs. AZ, 9/19,  W 8-2 (64-81)
Game MVP:
Mike Hampton (10.5M), gave up two runs in 5 innings, knocked in 2. LVP: Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 0-4, 2 SO, 3 LOB.


Game 144 vs. AZ, 9/18,  W 10-9 (63-81)
Game MVP:
Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), game-winning homerun in the ninth. LVP: John Thomson 6.2 IP, 9 R, 6 ER, 5 BB.


Game 143 vs. AZ, 9/17,  L 3-7 (62-81)
Game MVP:
Denny Neagle (7M), 6 IP, 8 SO, 1 ER. LVP: Kane Davis, gave up the winning run on a homerun by Miller.


Game 142 vs. SF, 9/9,  L 5-9 (62-80)
Game MVP:
Greg Norton ($450K), 3-4, 3 RBI. LVP: Todd Belitz, 1.1 IP, 3 H, # BB, 2 HR, 5 ER.


Game 141 vs. SF, 9/8,  L 3-7 (62-79)
Game MVP:
Jose Ortiz, 2-4, 2 RBI. LVP: Justin Speir gave up winning HR.


Game 140 vs. SF, 9/7,  W 3-2 (62-78)
Game MVP:
Ben Petrick (232K), game-winning pinch hit single in the 12th. LVP: Butler, 0-4, 4 LOB.


Game 139 vs. LA, 9/6,  L 5-9 (61-78)
Game MVP:
Sal Fasano, 3-5, 3RBI, 2B, HR. LVP: Mike Hampton (10.5M), 6 IP, 6 ER, 3 HR.


Game 138 vs. LA, 9/5,  L 2-7 (61-77)
Game MVP:
John Thomson 8.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H. LVP: Jay Powell, 0 IP, 3 ER, 3 H.


Game 137 vs. LA, 9/4,  W 5-2 (61-76)
Game MVP:
Denny Neagle (7M), 6 IP, 5 SO, 2 ER. LVP: Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 0 for 3 with 2 LOB.


Game 136 at SF, 9/3,  W 4-1 (60-76)
Game MVP:
Jason Jennings 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER. LVP: Jose Ortiz, 0 for 4, double play.


Game 135 at SF, 9/2,  L 1-3 (59-76)
Game MVP:
Shawn Chacon, 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H. LVP: Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 0 for 3 with 4 LOB.


Game 134 at SF, 9/1,  L 1-2 (59-75)
Game MVP:
Mike Hampton (10.5M), 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER. LVP: Todd Helton (4.95M), 0 for 4, 3 LOB, 3 SO.


Game 133 at SF, 8/31,  W 5-2 (59-74)
Game MVP:
John Thomson 7.1 IP, 2 ER, 7 H. LVP: None.


Game 132 at LA, 8/30,  L 4-5 (58-74)
Game MVP:
Juan Pierre (215K), 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI. LVP: Todd Helton (4.95M) twice blew chances to win the game - 6 LOB.


Game 131 at LA, 8/29,  W 5-3 (58-73)
Game MVP:
Jason Jennings 6 IP, 2 ER. LVP: Jason Jennings - if he could cover first, he wouldn't have given up any runs.


Game 130 at LA, 8/28,  W 4-3 (57-73)
Game MVP:
Juan Uribe
, 3 for 4, knocked in the tying run.  LVP: Larry Walker (12.17M) 0 for 4 with 2 LOB.


Game 129 at MIL, 8/26,  W 3-2 (56-73)
Game MVP:
 Larry Walker (12.17M) Homerun in the fifth inning accounted for all of the Rockies' runs. LVP:


Game 128 at MIL, 8/25,  W 5-4 (55-73)
Game MVP:
 Greg Norton ($450K)3 RBI. LVP: Gabe White (1.17M), gave up the game winning homerun, then said:

"That's the way it goes sometimes."


Game 127 at MIL, 8/24,  W 12-6 (55-72)
Game MVP:
  Todd Helton (4.95M), 3 for 5, 4 RBI, 2 HR. LVP:


Game 126 at NYM, 8/23,  W 10-0 (54-72)
Game MVP:
 Jason Jennings became the first player in modern history to pitch a shutout and hit a homerun in his first game in the Major Leagues. LVP:


Game 125 at NYM, 8/22,  L 1-2 (53-72)
Game MVP:
 Shawn Chacon, 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H.. LVP: Shawn Chacon, if he hadn't walked Zeile, the solo HR by Relaford would not have beaten him.


Game 124 at NYM, 8/21,  L 2-5 (53-71)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 123 vs. FLA, 8/19,  W 6-5 (53-70)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 122 vs. FLA, 8/18,  W 8-3 (52-70)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 121 vs. FLA, 8/17,  W 12-5 (51-70)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 120 vs. ATL, 8/16,  L 1-4 (50-70)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 119 vs. ATL, 8/15,  L 2-7 (50-69)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 118 vs. ATL, 8/14,  W 5-4 (50-68)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 117 at CIN, 8/12,  W 7-6 (49-68)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 116 at CIN, 8/11, L 3-7 (48-68)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 115 at CIN, 8/10, W 16-7 (48-67)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 114 at CHI, 8/9,  W 14-5 (47-67)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 113 at CHI, 8/8,  L 1-2 (46-67)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 112 at CHI, 8/7,  L 4-5 (46-66)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 111 vs. PIT, 8/5,  L 4-5 (46-65)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 110 vs. PIT, 8/4,  L 3-6 (46-64)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 109 vs. PIT, 8/3,  W  12-7 (46-63)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 108 vs. PHI, 8/2,  L 2-4 (45-63)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 107 vs. PHI, 8/1,  L  1-8 (45-62)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 106 vs. PHI, 7/31,  W 7-6 (45-61)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 105 at LA, 7/29,  W 3-2 (44-61)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 104 at LA, 7/28,  L 6-10 (43-61)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 103 at LA, 7/27,  L 2-4 (43-60)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 102 at LA, 7/26,  L 1-3 (43-59)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 101 vs. SF, 7/25, L 3-9 (43-58)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 100 vs. SF, 7/24, W 6-4 (43-57)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 99 vs. SF, 7/23, W 8-2 (42-57)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 98 vs. LA, 7/22, L 8-9 (41-57)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 97 vs. LA, 7/21, L 22-7 (41-56)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 96 vs. LA, 7/20, W 11-3 (41-55)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 95 at SF, 7/19, L 1-2 (40-55)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 94 at SF, 7/18, L 0-10 (40-54)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 93 at OAK, 7/17, L 2-3 (40-53)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 92 at OAK, 7/16, L 1-5 (40-52)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None.


Game 91 at OAK, 7/15, L 3-6 (40-51)
Game MVP:
Neifi "The Squirrel" Perez (3.55M), 2 for 4, RBI. LVP: Brain "Babe" Bohannon ($3.3M), 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 HR.


Game 90 at TEX, 7/14, W 11-2 (40-50)
Game MVP:
 Shawn Chacon, 8 IP, 2 ER, great performance. LVP: Greg Norton ($450K) hit line drives that hit the Ranger's pitcher and Colorado 3rd base coach Rich Donnelly. This guy is dangerous to everyone but the infielders.


Game 89 at TEX, 7/13, L 2-10 (39-50)
Game MVP:
 Todd Walker ($1.05M), hit a homer and a triple. LVP: Mike Hampton (10.5M), 4 IP, 7 ER, 10 hits.


Game 88 at TEX, 7/12, L 3-6 (39-49)
Game MVP:
 Pedro Astacio (6.85M), 7 IP, 5 ER, pitched well enough to win again. LVP: Neifi "The Squirrel" Perez (3.55M), 0 for 4, including grounding into a double play - yeah, he's worth $5 million.


Game 87 vs. ANA, 7/8, L 3-11 (39-48)
Game MVP:
 Todd Walker ($1.05M), hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the first to keep the game close (for about a minute). LVP: Shawn Chacon, 5 IP, 11 ER, 12 H, 5 HR (he's a rookie after all, bound to have ups and downs).


Game 86 vs. ANA, 7/7, L 3-10 (39-47)
Game MVP:
 Cliff Brumbaugh, 1 for 3, 2 RBI. LVP: Mac Suzuki (320K), 5 ER in 2 innings pitched.


Game 85 vs. ANA, 7/6, L 5-6 (39-46)
Game MVP:
 Larry Walker (12.17M) 2 for 4, 1 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI. LVP: Terry Shumpert (725K), for getting doubled off on a routine fly ball to end the game with Perez and Walker due up, who had 4 hits and 5 RBI between them in the game. You can't win if you throw away chances like that.


Game 84 at SD, 7/5, W 4-0 (39-45)
Game MVP:
 Pedro Astacio (6.85M), complete game, 3 hit shutout. LVP: General Manager Dan O'Dowd for trying to trade Astacio.


Game 83 at SD, 7/4, L 3-8 (38-45)
Game MVP:
 Gabe White (1.17M), 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO. LVP: Mac Suzuki (320K), started and walked 7 in 4.1 IP.


Game 82 at SD, 7/3, L 5-6 (38-44)
Game MVP:
Juan Pierre (215K), 4 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI. LVP:  Kane Davis, sucked again.


Game 81 at AZ, 7/1, L 4-5 (38-43)
Game MVP:
Mike Hampton (10.5M), 8 IP, 4 ER, hit HR, batting .311. LVP: Gabe White (1.17M), gave up winning HR again.


Game 80 at AZ, 6/30, L 5-6 (38-42)
Game MVP:
 Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 3 for 5 with 2 RBI. LVP: Kane Davis (200K) faced three batters, 2 hit HR costing the game.


Game 79 at AZ, 6/29, L 3-5 (38-41)
Game MVP:
 Pedro Astacio (6.85M), 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER. LVP: Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 0 for 4 with 2 SO, 3 LOB.


Game 78 vs. SD, 6/27, W 10-9 (38-40)
Game MVP:
 Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 3 for 5 with 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, including the game winner in the bottom of the ninth. LVP: Juan Acevedo (1.2) 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB.


Game 77 vs. SD, 6/26, L 3-11 (37-40)
Game MVP:
 Ben Petrick (232K), just about the only bright spot. LVP: Mac Suzuki (320K), in his first game as a Rockie loaded the bases with nobody out - that's the kind of help they needed.


Game 76 vs. SD, 6/25, L 4-6 (37-39)
Game MVP:
 Todd Walker ($1.05M), 4 for 4 with 2-2B and 2 HR. LVP: Gabe White (1.17M), gave up winning HR on a 1-2 pitch.


Game 75 vs. AZ, 6/24, W 4-3 (37-38)
Game MVP:
 Denny Neagle (7M), 6 IP, 7 SO, 4 ER. LVP: Neifi "The Squirrel" Perez (3.55M), 1 for 5, 2 SO and an error.


Game 74 vs. AZ, 6/23, L 5-9 (36-38)
Game MVP:
 Larry Walker (12.17M) 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI. LVP: Gabe White (1.17M), 2/3 IP, 3 ER.


Game 73 vs. AZ, 6/22, L 4-5 (36-37)
Game MVP:
 Brain "Babe" Bohannon ($3.3M), 6.1 IP, 2 ER. LVP: Neifi "The Squirrel" Perez (3.55M), 1 for 5, SO, 5 LOB.


Game 72 vs. AZ, 6/21, L 5-14 (36-36)
Game MVP:
 Juan Pierre (215K), 4 for 5. LVP: Mike Hampton (10.5M), 3 IP, 7 ER.


Game 71 at HOU, 6/20, L 4-3 (36-35)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 70 at HOU, 6/19, L 4-3 (36-34)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: None. .


Game 69 at HOU, 6/18, L 5-13 (36-33)
Game MVP:
Juan Pierre (215K), 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI, first HR of the year. LVP: Pedro Astacio (6.85M), 5.2 IP, 7 ER.


Game 68 at CIN, 6/17, W 4-3 (36-32)
Game MVP:
 Brain "Babe" Bohannon ($3.3M), 6 IP, 1 ER. LVP: Todd Walker ($1.05M), 0 for 4, 2 SO, 2 LOB.


Game 67 at CIN, 6/16, W 8-7 (35-32)
Game MVP:
 Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 1 for 3 with 2 R, HR, RBI. LVP: Brooks Kieschnick (200K) 0 for 2, SO, 5 LOB.


Game 66 at CIN, 6/15, W 8-4 (34-32)
Game MVP:
Larry Walker (12.17M) 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, . LVP: .


Game 65 vs. SEA, 6/14, L 1-5 (33-32)
Game MVP:
None. LVP: Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 1 for 3 with 2 R, HR, RBI.


Game 64 vs. SEA, 6/14, W 8-2 (33-31)
Game MVP:
Shawn Chacon, 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H. LVP: Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 0 for 4 with 3 LOB, Error.


Game 63 vs. SEA, 6/12, L 9-10 (32-31)
Game MVP:
 Todd Helton (4.95M), 2 for 4, 3 RBI, HR, robbed of another HR. LVP: Brent Mayne (2M), 0 for 3, 4 runners left on base.


Game 62 vs. STL, 6/10, W 12-3 (32-30)
Game MVP:
 Mike Hampton (10.5M), 5.2 IP, 3 ER, hit HR, batting .297. LVP: Brent Mayne (2M), 0 for 3, 4 runners left on base.


Game 61 vs. STL, 6/9, L 2-8 (31-30)
Game MVP:
 Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 1 for 3 with 2 R, HR, RBI. LVP: Pedro Astacio (6.85M), 5 IP, 7 ER.


Game 60 vs. STL, 6/8, W 9-1 (31-29)
Game MVP:
 Denny Neagle (7M), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER. LVP: Neifi "The Squirrel" Perez (3.55M), 1 for 5, 2 LOB.


Game 59 vs. HOU, 6/7, L 1-2 (30-29)
Game MVP:
 Shawn Chacon, 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 13 SO. LVP: Todd Helton (4.95M), 0 for 4, 3 LOB.


Game 58 vs. HOU, 6/6, W 9-8 (30-28)
Game MVP:
 Brain "Babe" Bohannon ($3.3M), 6 IP, 2 ER. LVP: Gabe White (1.17M), 4 ER without getting an out.


Game 57 vs. HOU, 6/5, W 7-5 (29-28)
Game MVP:
 Mike Hampton (10.5M), 7.2 IP, 4 ER, pitched well, hit 2 HR. LVP: Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), 0 for 4 with 3 LOB, a rare mediocre game from Jeff.


Game 56 vs. SF, 6/3, W 11-2 (28-28)
Game MVP:
 Pedro Astacio (6.85M), 9 IP, 3 H, 2 ER. LVP: Ron Gant (1.75M), grounded out for Walker in the 8th.h


Game 55 vs. SF, 6/2, W 7-5 (27-28)
Game MVP:
 Larry Walker (12.17M) 2 for 3, HR, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 RBI, game winning homerun. LVP: Jacob Cruz (230K), in first game after being traded from Cleveland looked like nothing special at bat or in the field, 0 for 4, 2 SO, 6 LOB.


Game 54 vs. SF, 6/1, L 7-11 (26-28)
Game MVP:
 Brooks Kieschnick (200K) pinch hit for Gant, 2-out, 2 RBI single. LVP: Ron Gant (1.75M), 0 for 2, 3 LOB, not producing with runners on base, got so bad that he was pinch hit for by Kieschnick. It is beginning to look like Gant's days with the Rockies are numbered.


Game 53 at LA, 5/30, L 1-4 (26-27)
Game MVP:
 Juan Pierre (215K), had half of the Rockies' hits (2 of 4), continues to do a great job as the lead off hitter. LVP: Neifi "The Squirrel" Perez (3.55M), 0 for 3, 2 SO, turned a double play into a single by not covering second and then dropping the ball when he finally got there.


Game 52 at LA, 5/29, W 7-2 (26-26)
Game MVP:
 Todd Helton (4.95M), 2 for 6, 5 RBI, first career Grand Slam. LVP: Larry Walker (12.17M) 1 for 5, 3 SO, 3 LOB.


Game 51 at LA, 5/28, L 10-11 (25-26)
Game MVP:
 Todd Helton (4.95M), 2 for 6, 5 RBI, first career Grand Slam. LVP: Ron Villone (2.8M) 1 inning pitched, 3 hits, 1 walks, 1 ER, gave the game away.


Game 50 at SF, 5/27, L 4-5 (25-25)
Game MVP:
Todd Walker ($1.05M), 3 for 3, 2 2B, BB. LVP:  Ron Gant (1.75M), 0 for 4, 2 SO, 6 LOB, twice came up after Todd Walker had lead off innings with doubles - if Gant had moved him up with ground outs, the Rockies would have won - but he struck out.


Game 49 at SF, 5/26, W 10-4 (25-24)
Game MVP:
Mark "Stuart" Little (210K), 3-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, and threw two runners out at home (Honorable mention has to go to Shawn Chacon, 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 2 BB). LVP:  Jose Jimenez (345K), 1 IP, 3 hits, 3 ER, the game was already over, but there is no excuse for that kind of performance.


Game 48 at SF, 5/25, W 6-1 (24-24)
Game MVP:
Mike Hampton (10.5M), 7 IP, 1 ER. LVP:  Kane Davis (200K) faced two batters, gave up a hit and walked one in the 7th. If Acevedo hadn't put out the fire, could have led to a SF game-winning rally.


Game 47 at SF, 5/24, L 1-5 (23-24)
Game MVP:
Ben Petrick (232K), got the only two hits against the Giants: a double and a triple. LVP:  John Thomson (325K), 6 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 HR.


Game 46 vs. LA, 5/23, L 4-6 (23-23)
Game MVP:
Pedro Astacio (6.85M), 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 7 SO. LVP:  Kane Davis (200K) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, allowed winning run.


Game 45 vs. LA, 5/22, W 11-8 (23-22)
Game MVP:
Larry Walker (12.17M) 2 for 2, HR, 2 R, Walk, 2 RBI.  LVP:  John Wasdin (975K), 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB.


Game 44 vs. LA, 5/21, W 6-3 (22-22)
Game MVP:
Todd Walker ($1.05M), 2 for 4, 2 2B, 4 RBI. LVP:  Neifi "The Squirrel" Perez (3.55M), 1 for 4, 3 LOB.


Game 43 at FLA, 5/20, L 7-2 (21-22)
Game MVP:
Mike Hampton (10.5M), 7 IP, 2 ER, and hit a home run. LVP:  Neifi "The Squirrel" Perez (3.55M), 0 for 3, SO, 3 LOB.


Game 42 at FLA, 5/19, L 0-1 (20-22)
Game MVP:
John Thomson
(325K), 7 IP, 1 ER, pitched well enough to win, again. LVP:  Ron Gant (1.75M), 0 for 4, 2 SO, keeps striking out with runners on base when ground outs might result in runs and wins.


Game 41 at FLA, 5/18, L 1-2 (20-21)
Game MVP:
Pedro Astacio (6.85M), 8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 11 SO. LVP:  Todd Helton (4.95M), 0 for 4, 5 LOB.


Game 40 at ATL, 5/17, W 8-3 (20-20)
Game MVP:
Denny Neagle (7M), 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER. LVP:  Brent Mayne (2M), 0 for 4, 4 runners left on base.


Game 39 at ATL, 5/16, L 4-6 (19-20)
Game MVP:
Larry Walker (12.17M) 2 for 3, HR, 1 R, Walk, 3 RBI. LVP:  John Wasdin (975K), gave up the game-winning 2-run homer to someone named "Chipper".


Game 38 at ATL, 5/15, L 3-5 (19-19)
Game MVP:
Larry Walker (12.17M) 3 for 4, HR, 2 R, Walk, 2 RBI. LVP:  Buddy Bell who must have been the only one in the stadium that didn't know it was time to take Hampton out.


Game 37 vs. MON, 5/13, L 14-10 (19-18)
Game MVP:
Todd Helton (4.95M), 4 for 5, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI. LVP:  
Pedro Astacio (6.85M), 2 IP, 7 ER, 4 BB.


Game 36 vs. MON, 5/12, L 13-4 (19-17)
Game MVP:
John Thomson
 (325K), 6 IP, 6 ER, pitched well enough to win. LVP:  Greg Norton (450K), 0-4, 2 SO, 5 LOB.


Game 35 vs. MON, 5/11, W 13-4 (19-16)
Game MVP:
Mark "Stuart" Little (210K), 4-5, 4 R, 4 RBI, first two career homeruns. LVP:  Greg Norton (450K), 2 errors, left 4 runners on base.


Game 34 vs. NYM, 5/10, W 8-2 (18-16)
Game MVP:
Shawn Chacon, 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB. LVP:  Todd Hollandsworth (2.75M), 0-2, 5 runners left on base.


Game 33 vs. NYM, 5/9, W  6-0  (17-16)
Game MVP:
Mike Hampton (10.5M), 7 hit shutout. LVP:  Ron Gant (1.75M), 0 for 3, 2 SO.


Game 32 vs. NYM, 5/8, W  12-4  (16-16)
Game MVP:
Neifi "The Squirrel" Perez (3.55M), 4 for 5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 4 RBI. LVP: Buddy Bell, for saying about Perez: "I wouldn't trade him for anyone else."


Game 31 vs. NYM, 5/7, L  9-10  (15-16)
Game MVP:
Todd Helton (4.95M), 4 for 5, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI.
LVP: Brian "Babe" Bohannon ($3.3M), 2 IP, 8 ER.


Game 30 at Pit, 5/6, L  3-4  (15-15)
Game MVP:
Kane Davis (200K) 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB
. LVP: Greg Norton (450K) played a fly ball out into a triple that ended up scoring the winning run.


Game 29 at Pit, 5/5, L  3-11  (15-14)
Game MVP:
John Wasdin (975K), 1-2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER
. LVP: Shawn Chacon, 1-1/3 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB.


Game 28 at Pit, 5/4, W  9-3  (15-13)
Game MVP:
Mike Hampton (10.5M), 7-2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 hits, 6 SO. LVP: Todd Hollandsworth (2.75M) 0-5, 2 LOB, ending 16 game hitting streak, longest in Majors.


Game 27 at Phi, 5/3, L  5-7  (14-13)
Game MVP:
Greg Norton (450K), 2 for 5, HR, 4 RBI
. LVP: Gabe White (1.17M) 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER.


Game 26 at Phi, 5/2, W  6-2  (14-12)
Game MVP:
Brooks Kieschnick (200K) pinch hit, 2 RBI single LVP: Todd Walker ($1.05M), 0 for 5, 2 SO, 2 LOB.


Game 25 at Phi, 5/1, L  1-7  (13-12)

Game MVP: Ron Villone (2.8M) 1 IP, 0 hits, 0 ER, 2 SO. LVP: Denny Neagle (7M), 6-2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 3 BB.


Game 24 vs. Cin, 4/29, W  14-7  (13-11)
Game MVP:
Larry Walker (12.17M) 2 for 4, 2B, Walk, 3 RBI. LVP: Shawn Chacon, 5-1/3 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 HR.


Game 23 vs. Cin, 4/28, L  4-9  (12-11)
Game MVP:
 Todd Walker ($1.05M), 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI LVP: Ron Villone (2.8M) 4 innings pitched, 8 hits, 3 walks, 4 runs, 3 ER.


Game 22 vs. Cin, 4/27, L  9-12  (12-10)
Game MVP:
Todd Walker ($1.05M), 3 for 5 with a 2B and 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI
LVP: Jose Jimenez (345K), 1-2/3 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, blown save.


Game 21 vs. CHN, 4/26, L  2-7  (12-9)
Game MVP:
John Wasdin (975K), a solid outing, retiring all 3 hitters, striking out 2 in the ninth. LVP: Don Baylor - any time he's in town, no one could be lamer.


Game 20 vs. CHN, 4/25, W  6-5  (12-8)
Game MVP:
Todd Helton (4.95M), 2 for 5, 2  HR, 5 RBI. LVP: Don Baylor - any time he's in town, no one could be lamer.


Game 19 vs. CHN,  4/24, W 14-1 (11-8)
Game MVP:
Mike Hampton (10.5M), 5 IP, 1 Run LVP: Don Baylor - any time he's in town, no one could be lamer. The invisible ghost of DB still haunts the Rockies.


Game 18 at AZ, 4/22, W 2-1 (10-8)
Game MVP:  
Pedro Astacio (6.85M), 8 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 8 SO. LVP: Mike Myers, almost blew Astacio's brilliant performance by relieving and immediately giving up a hit to load the bases.


Game 17 at AZ, 4/21, L 5-10 (9-8)
Game MVP:
Juan Pierre, 2 hits, 3 RBI LVP:  Ron Villone (2.8M) 4 innings pitched, 6 hits, 4 walks, 8 runs.


Game 16 at AZ, 4/20, L 2-3 (9-7)
Game MVP:  
Todd Hollandsworth (2.75M) tied the game with a homerun off Schilling in the 9th. LVP: Gabe White (1.17M) for giving up the game winning homerun, and also for saying "Sometimes you've got to tip your hat" after the game.


Game 15 at SD, 4/19, W 4-0 (9-6)
Game MVP:  
Denny Neagle (7M), 6 IP, no runs, 5 SO. LVP:
Larry Walker (12.17M) 4 AB, no hits, 2 SO, 4 LOB.


Game 14 at SD, 4/18, W 8-0 (8-6)
Game MVP:
 
Mike Hampton (10.5M), 8 IP, 0 Runs, 4 hits, 6 SO. LVP: Ron Gant (1.75M), 0 for 3, SO, 3 LOB.


Game 13 at SD, 4/17, W 9-5 (7-6)
Game MVP:
Larry Walker (12.17M) two run homer turned out to be the game winner. LVP: Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), error in 9th lead to 3 runs, at bat 1 for 5 with 4 LOB.


Game 12 vs. AZ, 4/15, W 10-7 (6-6)
Game MVP:
Todd Hollandsworth (2.75M), 3 homers including the game winner, 7 RBI. LVP: Ron Villone (2.8M) 4-1/3 innings pitched, 8 hits, 5 runs.


Game 11 vs. AZ, 4/14, W 9-8 (5-6)
Game MVP:
Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), two-run homerun in the 8th to break 7-7 tie. LVP: John Wasdin (975K), gave up 4 earned runs, 2 walks and a homerun in 1 inning.


Game 10 vs. AZ, 4/13, L 3-7 (4-6)
Game MVP:
Larry Walker (12.17M) hit a 2 run homerun in the first to tie the game. LVP: Brain Bohannon ($3.3M), 5 innings, 2 earned runs, 2 homeruns and 3 walks.


Game 9 at SL, 4/12, W 6-4 (4-5)
Game MVP:
Mark "Stuart" Little (210K), 2-RBI single in the ninth to plate the game winning runs. LVP: Ron Gant (1.75M), who struck out pinch hitting making Little's feat necessary.


Game 8 at SL, 4/11, L 1-3 (3-5)
Game MVP:
Ron Gant (1.75M), 3 for 4 with 2 doubles. LVP: Todd Helton (4.95M), no hits in four at bats, left 3 runners on base.


Game 7 at SL, 4/9, L 2-3 (3-4)
Game MVP:
Larry Walker (12.17M) 4 AB, homerun, 2 RBI. LVP: Jose Jimenez (345K), wild pitch gave up winning run in the 9th.


Game 6 vs. SD, 4/7, L 3-11 (3-3)
Game MVP:
Larry Walker (12.17M) 4 AB, 3 Hits, Homerun, 2 RBI. LVP:  Craig Dingman, gave up the winning homerun on a 2-2 count.


Game 5 vs. SD, 4/7, L 10-14 (3-2)
Game MVP:
Ron Gant (1.75M), 2 hits, homerun, 4 RBI. LVP: John Wasdin (975K), gave up the losing runs on a 3 run homer on an 0-2 count.


Game 4 vs. SD, 4/6, L 6-11 (3-1)
Game MVP:
Jeff Cirillo (4.55M), three run Homerun in the 1st to wipe out a 3-0 SD lead. LVP: Brain Bohannon ($3.3M), 3-1/3 innings, 8 earned runs, 8 hits and 5 walks.


Game 3 vs. SL, 4/5, W 11-2 (3-0)
Game MVP:
Pedro Astacio (6.85M), 8 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 10 SO. LVP:  Brent Mayne (2M), for trying to stretch a single into a double. With this team it is a big mistake to give up an out and a base runner.


Game 2 vs. SL, 4/4, W 13-9 (2-0)
Game MVP:
Larry Walker (12.17M), 4 AB, 3 hits, HR, 3B, 4 RBI. LVP:  John Wasdin (975K), 1-2/3 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs.


Game 1 vs. SL, 4/2, W 8-0 (1-0)
Game MVP:
Mike Hampton (10.5M), 8-1/3 IP, 0 Runs, 3 standing ovations. LVP: Neifi Perez (3.55M). "The Squirrel" made all three outs at bat in the 3rd inning by missing a bunt to get Cirillo picked off, then grounding into a double play. Booed twice.


Glossary

Game MVP: The Rockie's Player of the Game, the team member who made the most effective effort toward winning the game regardless of the final outcome.

LVP: Least Valuable Player - The participating team member that made the smallest contribution toward a victory.
W: Wins, L: Losses, PCT: Winning percentage, GB: Games back, RBI: Runs Batted In, AB: At Bats, HR: Home Run, SO: Strikeouts, 3B: Triple

Make management look foolish...

Rockies' Defy Logic, Tradition

March 16, 2002. You know how Baseball Management justifies paying those huge salaries to big-name players by insisting that they "put fannies in the seats"? In other words, hiring pitchers like Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle will insure that more fans will pay their way into the ballpark on the days that they pitch. Indirectly, more revenue will also be earned because there will be more consumption at the park vendors and more TV and radio advertising revenue due to higher ratings. So, according to the people who hire and represent these players, it is a win-win proposition because they more than pay for them selves.

Well it's not happening in Colorado.

According to official attendance figures as published by ESPN on their web site, attendance figures at Coors field are as follows for all Rockies starting pitchers in 2001:

Starter Games Avg. Attend.
Villone 3 41,477
Astacio 10 41,279
Elarton 2 40,486
Bohanon 13 39,847
Neagle 15 39,499
Hampton 15 39,063
Chacon 13 39,039
Thomson 8 35,084
Jennings 2 31,994

 

Rancor bubbles to the surface....

Trouble in Rockieville

March 14, 2002. The fans, news media, and even the players, it seems, are fed up with the Rockie's management. In today's Denver Post, Mark Kiszla, one of the Rockies' biggest homers in the past, says:

"For too long, we have all been duped into believing the team was trying to win a championship.

The Rockies, however, have become the biggest sports joke in town."

(We know Kiszla will say or do anything to get people to read his column, so you have be skeptical about anything he writes. But, in this case, he seems to be in the majority.)

Larry Walker has expressed his dissatisfaction with management, has suggested they should trade him to a contender, and even says he was lied to (see the related article at the Denver Post link above).

In addition, ticket sales are apparently not up to normal levels as the Rockies are now giving away free tickets to grocery shoppers, something they have never done before (to our knowledge).

Stay tuned, its starting to get interesting. However, our greatest fear is that Denver will be "contracted" instead of Montreal or Minnesota, and it looks like the Rockies management is trying to make it so.

 

Zeile should retire...so should O'Dowd

Rockies Will Suck in 2002

February 11, 2002. Truckboy and the Meatmen have outdone themselves this year. For 9 years they have stumbled and bumbled with crude attempts to provide winning teams to reward the best baseball fans the world has ever known. All the while they put up a good pretense of actually trying. Well that's over, now. This year they announced that they are only in it for the money and they are joining with the the City of Denver to officially give the finger to the fans. Instead of a baseball expert, they put a former football player in as president. Instead of keeping up the tradition of great third basemen, they're re-treading a senior citizen who hasn't played there since 1999, and was lousy then. Two rookies will play short and second who will undoubtedly wilt under the pressure of a 162 game season in last place. The stars of the team, Walker and Helton certainly will not be able to keep up the spectacular numbers they have been posting, particularly when the frustration of another losing season sets in. And the pitching, while looking slightly better on paper, has the look of disaster about it, particularly since they lost the best pitching coach in history and effectively didn't replace him. But hey, this is the year of saving money. Stick with the coach who's track record is mediocre at best, and a general manager who is a loose cannon who could trade anyone at any time with no regard for value, logic, fan wishes, or team chemistry. Meanwhile, the city is erecting a forest of parking meters, raising the prices and extending the hours to 11:00 PM. There will probably not be a free parking space within 25 miles of downtown. And, they have imposed a quota of 100 tickets per day on the meter maids to maximize harassment of downtown customers. Oh, and did I forget to mention that the Rockies are dramatically increasing the price of tickets and everything else? Well they are! Surprised? If this trend keeps up, we may be envious of those luck Minnesotans. Contraction would be preferable to this kind of torture.

Who's playing third?

More Ex-Rockies Added To The Fold

December 19, 2001. "Crazy" Dan O'Dowd is jettisoning Rockies' players at a record pace.

aFirst, it was Jacob Cruz, who was given his unconditional release (that means they got absolutely nothing for him, folks). Earlier, "Crazy" traded promising catcher Josh Bard and outfielder Jody Gerut, for Cruz, who only showed two problems during his stint with Colorado: he couldn't hit and he couldn't catch.

aNext, Jay Powell became a free agent and signed with the Texas Rangers (you guessed it, got nothing for him either).

aThen, catcher Sal Fasano and outfielder Clifford Brumbaugh were "designated for assignment (baseballese for "dumped").

aNext, Jeff Cirillo was traded to Seattle for three unknown minor league pitchers: LHP Brian Fuentes and RHPs Jose Paniagua and Denny Stark (read "salary dump").

aNext, "Dealin' Dan" traded pitchers Luke Hudson (who?) and Gabe White to Cincinnatti for relief pitcher Dennis Reyes and second baseman Pokey Reese (who O'Dowd says he doesn't want).

aJust to prove he wasn't kidding, Mr. O'Dowd traded Pokey to Boston for catcher Scott Hatteberg, whom they were unable to sign and lost to Oakland. So they got nothing for Reese at all. Nice deal.

We heard his next move was to trade Larry Walker and Todd Helton for the Minnesota Twins (don't tell them they're being disbanded, he was too busy trading at the meetings and didn't get the news).

Maybe ESPN's Not That Good After All

October 28, 2001. In an article entitled "Angels looking to clear air with Vaughn" an anonymous ESPN writer penned "Anaheim reportedly wants to move Vaughn to the designated hitter slot -- Darin Erstad played first base during the last week of the regular season as an experiment". If they would have checked their own statistics they would have seen that Erstad has played nearly 300 games in the past 5 years at first base for the Angels. Its no wonder the Angels haven't won if it takes them 5 years to decide if a player can play.

Now, That's Writing!

October 21, 2001. ESPN may have corralled all of the best sportswriters in the world. Read the latest NLCS coverage by Jason Starks. We especially enjoyed the line "This was a game that didn't just mushroom on this team. It downright Portabellaed." It may not be Steinbeck, but at least it's fun to read.

Rockie's Owners Go Nuts Again

October 19, 2001. They couldn't build a winning team with guys full of Trucking and Meat Manufacturing knowledge at the helm, so they've taken the next step. The new president is an ex-football player. Well, at least they've moved back into the sports arena. If only it had been sports management... It's no coincidence that the team rose to it's zenith in the 1993 to 1995 period, when there was an actual BASEBALL man in charge - John McHale, Jr. Let's compare: McHale built the "Big Red Machine" and won World Championships in baseball before coming to the Rockies - the new president led CSU with 69 pass receptions. Yea, that'll work.

Marcel Lachemann Quits

October 7, 2001. The best pitching coach in baseball will no longer be in the Rockies dugout. Marcel Lachemann has decided to find a way to spend more time at home in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. He will certainly be missed. The Rockies are expected to choose his successor from within the organization, with Jim Wright of Colorado Springs on the inside track. The Rockies may do well to consider Oscar Acosta, the former Cubs pitching coach who was forced to resign recently by former Rockie manager Don Baylor. Acosta worked miracles with the Cub's pitching this year and most of the Cub's pitchers are voicing bitterness at his forced departure...

Fans Continue to Desert Sinking Ship

October 2, 2001. The good news is, the Colorado Rockies topped the 3 million paid ticket mark for the 9th consequtive season. Also, they have never played before a crowd of less than 30,000 observers, though they came dangerously close this year, with a low-water mark of 30,301 in a game against Arizona on Wednesday night, September the 19th. Also, they are still playing hard (inexplicably), as evidenced by last Friday's game in which the Rockies' Greg Norton broke Brewer's catcher and former Rockie Henry Blanco's hand during a collision at home. In the same game Rockies' shortstop Juan Uribe injured second baseman Mark Loretta's knee while trying to break up a double play.

The bad news, other than the losing record, is that they have continued to lose patrons every year since 1996. According to the Denver Post, attendance in 1996 was 3,891,014 (first in baseball) and in 2001 it was 3,140,416 (fifth) or a 19.3% decline. This represents a 4.4% decline from last year. Even worse, first half attendance averaged over 41,000 per game while the second half average declined to just under 36,000, or an average of over 13%. At this rate, they will not make 3 million next year unless they are in the pennant race in the second half.

A Winning Season At Home!

September 30, 2001. The Rockies closed out their home season with a roar, sweeping a three-game series from the Milwaukee Brewers, and ending up with a home record of 41-40.

No Chance For a Winning Season

September 18, 2001. With their 81st loss yesterday, the Rockies made sure they wouldn't have a winning season, since they only play 162 games. But they can still break even if they win all of the rest! Go Rockies! (For those of you who might take this seriously and call me a "Homer", like "Satisfied Reader" below, IT'S A JOKE!) And, to add a little insult to injury, (speaking of which, Walker was hit by one of Randy Johnson's fast balls and may not play for a while) last night the Rockies were mathematically eliminated from making the playoffs.

Bell Falling Apart

September 10, 2001. Up to yesterday, we were firmly in Buddy Bell's corner. While we don't think he is a great manager, we always thought he was competent and dedicated to building a winning team in Colorado. After yesterday's game against the San Francisco Giants and Barry Bonds, we are no longer sure. In fact, we think he should be fired, either right now, or at least after the season is over. Why? Click to read the complete story...

Another Satisfied Reader

September 7, 2001. A while ago, someone labeled us "Nazis" and "Racists" because we advocated the firing of Don Baylor from his post as Manager of the Rockies. Now we are being accused (unfairly, we would add) of even worse things from a journalistic standpoint. But we will let you judge for yourself...See the email with our response

Rockies Win, Hit New Low

September 5, 2001. ESPN said it best: "The game drew 30,455, the lowest-paid attendance in the seven-year history of Coors Field." They beat the hated Dodgers, but nobody cares anymore. If Arizona wins 9 more games, or the giants win 10 (and they both probably will), Colorado will be mathematically eliminated even if they win all of their remaining games (fat chance). Guess the only question left is how low the attendance will drop before it's over.

Denver Post Declares "Groove" Week

August 30, 2001. It must be a really slow sports week when Mike Klis of the Post starts dredging up muck like this from the bottom of the barrel. Here is his reasoning:

"A good week by the Rockies benefits the Cubs, who are managed by Don "Groove" Baylor. Many of the current Rockies may not know this, but Baylor held the same job with the Rockies from 1993 until he was fired after the '98 season."

For some reason the Post writers think the fans care about Mr. Baylor. For the Post's edification, here is how the fans really feel (and we have talked to every single one of them):

Baylor was a bad manager. He took champion-caliber teams and made them mediocre. He took the greatest Rockies team in history in 1995 and made them a wild card, 4-and-out laughingstock in the playoffs. All with bad management, because they would have won the World Series if he had just slept on the bench and done nothing or let Don Zimmer run the team. He showed nothing but contempt for the fans, the players, and the press. He made us sick, we are glad he is gone, and we sure don't want to hear about him anymore.

Good luck Cubbies, with Baylor at the helm you are going to need a lot more help than the Rockies can give you.

How to Build A Championship Team -or-

What the Rockies' Owners Won't Do

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Things Are Finally Looking Up!

July 25, 2001. Hampton pitched well, they took two out of three from the Giants, and Perez is gone! What could be better? Well maybe a World Series, but hey, this is a start.

Kiszla Finally Says Something Intelligent

July 25, 2001. "Perez was a superstar in his mind only. The Rockies were wiser to trade a shortstop with a career .243 batting average on the road and a stubborn refusal to take a walk or advance base runners than to meet his self-aggrandizing salary demands in excess of $5 million per year."

Mark Kiszla Writes "Don't put the blame on Bell"

July 10, 2001. We were going to start this critique with something clever like "Apparently the Post has no rules about drinking and writing". But after re-reading Mr. Kiszla's latest article, we're afraid that it's much more serious than that. Click.

"The Momentum has changed! Oh, Yea!"

July 7, 2001. At least that is what the TV announcers were screaming last night after Larry Walker pulled the Rockies to within one run of Anaheim with a mighty homerun in the 7th inning. Apparently they should have sent some one down to the home dugout to give them the news, because they didn't seem to notice as they bumbled and stumbled to another loss. The momentum continues.. welcome back to last place!

Neifi the Whiner

July 6, 2001. Give it a rest, Perez. This guy is amazing. Let's  review this guy's "illustrious" career for those of you who don't know what we are talking about.

All Hope is Gone

July 1, 2001. The season is over for Rockies fans. The Rockies will not win the pennant; there will be no Mile High World Series this year, continuing the streak of none in Colorado History. As "Country Joe" MacDonald so succinctly put it: "There ain't no use to wonder why",  because it doesn't do any good to look back and try to figure out why the team is so mediocre. On the surface, they seem to have everything they need, and they appear to clearly be superior to any team in the division, if not the whole of Major League Baseball. So apparently what they don't have are the "intangibles", the heart, or the guts, or sheer luck that it takes to get the big play when it is needed. Unfortunately, even if they got it today, it would probably be too late, being 11 games out on July 1st. Stick a fork in them, they're done.

More of the Same

June 27, 2001. San Diego comes into town with one of the worst hitting, fielding, and pitching teams in Baseball and beats the Rockies for the fifth straight time. They now have the swagger and attitude as if the games here are fixed and there is no way they can lose. They don't even bother to use their best players or give their best effort. Last night they won 11-3 with a 43 year old left fielder, a 3-10 pitcher, and a supporting cast that couldn't seem to catch or throw the ball at a major league level.

oh, well, today is a new day - the Phillies will beat the Braves to remain atop the NL East and the Rockies will start a 20-game winning streak... And Elephants will fly.

Too Painful to Watch

June 26, 2001. Nobody could enjoy watching the last 10 Rockies' games. They remind us of the 1964 Phillies (or maybe this year's Phillies). They look stunned - can't pitch, can't catch, can't hit. They just can't play the game anymore. We at the Observer are beginning to wonder about Mr. Bell - history seems to be repeating itself with him. If they don't turn it around soon, we may be rolling out the Fire Buddy Bandwagon.

Ringolsby Slams Larry Walker

June 25, 2001. Baseball "genius" Tracy Ringolsby wrote an article in the Post the other day about which of today's players will be in the Hall of Fame. He didn't even mention Walker. Makes us wonder if he has ever been to a game.

Rockies Sweep Reds on Road!

June 25, 2001. Yeah, but then they got swept by Houston, and then lost 3 out of 4 to Arizona in Denver. Woe.

Rockies Have the Worst Announcers

June 2, 2001. We hope they're not paying these guys much (click for details).

Neifi Owes His Gold Glove to Official Scorer

June 2, 2001. The Squirrel gets a birthday present.

MHM (Mile High Magic) Returns;

Walker Waves Wand, Colorado Wins

June 2, 2001. After playing badly for the first eight innings, Colorado and Walker came alive in the ninth. In the top of the ninth, Larry made a great catch up against the wall and followed it with a great throw to save at least one run. Then in the bottom of the ninth, he hit the game winning homerun to bring Colorado all the way back from a 3-5 deficit. See ESPN.

CO Beats LA, Brown Behind Bo, Homers

May 29, 2001. Brian "Babe" Bohannon returned form the injured list with a vengeance, beating the first place Dodgers and erstwhile ERA champ Kevin Brown. He had considerable assistance in the form of 2-run 4-baggers from the bats of "Serious" Jeff Cirillo and "Babbling" Brooks Kieschnick off of Brown. Kieschnick had two round-trippers in two plate appearances.

Rockies, Hampton Finally Win in SF

May 25, 2001. Hampton, who has never lost to the Giants, shut down Barry Bonds and his teammates and broke the Rockies streak of losses at the City by the Bay.

Rocks Lose 13th in a Row at SF

May 24, 2001. Rockies' fans will remember well the beginning of the streak. It was July 4th last year when Colorado played for the first time at the new San Francisco Pacific Bell Park. They were in first place. Life was good, hopes were high. Then they lost four in a row to the Giants and entered the worst tailspin in club history, effectively ending the season. The first game there this season was not much better, with the Giants hitting three homeruns and beating the Mountain Boys 5 to 1. Maybe Hampton can end the streak today. Let's hope so.

No Umpire Mishaps, Rockies Lose 2-1

May 18, 2001. The Rockies were apparently waiting for some umpire, somewhere to split his pants, but judicious bending along with the strength of polyester foiled their hopes. They got good pitching, but no hitting at all, which may be understandable, since they were facing a pitcher that threw a no-hitter his last time out. Well, at least the Dodgers lost, too.

Umpire Splits Pants; Rockies Beat Braves

May 17, 2001. Umpire Eric Cooper split his pants in the first inning at Philadelphia in a game between the Phillies and the Brewers. We have no way of knowing if the Rockies knew about that cataclysmic event, but something motivated them to get up off the deck and avoid being swept by the Braves. Just as Eric Cooper recovered from his embarrassing encounter, the Rockies straightened up, covered the exposed flaws (losing the last two games that they should have won), and went on as if nothing had happened. They donned a new pair of pants, so to speak, just as Mr. Cooper did, only theirs had a big "W" on the back. The DBO just hopes we don't have to wait for the next umpire bend-over accident before the Blake Streeters win again.

Rocks Slide Further Into the Abyss, Lose to Braves Again

May 16, 2001. Larry Walker said it all after the game (according to ESPN): "I firmly believe we should be 2-0, not 0-2, on this road trip. We've (given) them both away." He was correct, as usual. The team blew a four run lead they had earned against Tom Glavine, and threw the game away with poor relief pitching and bad base running. The only hope they have left for this series is the ex-Brave factor with Denny Neagle starting tomorrow against John Smoltz, who hasn't pitched in the Majors for years. The way things are going, the Rockies will find a way to lose anyway.

Season Careens Toward Early Disastrous Conclusion

May 15, 2001. I hoped I would never see it, much less say it - but it happened: Buddy Bell pulled a Don Baylor tonight. Perhaps he can be forgiven - after all, he has only done it once - I just hope it doesn't get to be a habit with him. The act in question is leaving in a pitcher that has obviously lost his stuff, usually due to exhaustion. That is precisely what happened with Hampton in the eighth inning Tuesday night. First he got Brian Jordan to ground out, but then the light hitting Javy Lopez singled, followed by a base hit by the equally light hitting Helms. That should have been enough right there, but Bell left Hampton in to face Bernard Gilkey, whom he walked to load the bases. That should have been it right there - there should have been no way that Hampton would be left in to face the next hitter - it was obvious that he had nothing left at all. But leave him in Bell did, and the hitter, extremely light hitting Marcus Giles, batting for only his 12th time in the Major Leagues, crushed the first homerun of his career on a 3-2 pitch. The road trip is off to a terrible start and if the Rockies don't turn it around quickly it is going to be last year's July descent into oblivion, only a month and a half earlier. All they need to do is beat Glavine and Smoltz.

Colorado Facing Toughest Stretch - Season Could Be Over In 2 Weeks

May 15, 2001. Next up, 3 games with the Braves, then 3 with the Marlins, followed by 6 with the Dodgers sandwiched around 4 with the Giants. If it goes according to history, the Rockies could be 10 games out on June 1st, and thinking about writing off 2001 and getting ready for 2002. So, if the Boys of Blake Street are going to buck the trend and turn the past on its head, it had better be now, before they dig themselves a hole out of which they can't climb. They need to go at least 4-2 on the road trip to Atlanta and Florida, and they must win at home over LA and SF. If they do that, they'll stay in it. What would be really nice though, would be for them to go in a tear in there somewhere and win 6 or 7 in a row. Why not? They haven't had a streak yet - maybe it's time. Anyway, if they drop to 10 games out, the DBO staff will be warming up Don Meredith's version of "Turn Out The Lights, The Party's Over", and starting an office pool on who will be the first veteran traded for prospects.

Rockies Finally Come Back, Beat Reds 14-7

April 29, 2001. 

Rockies Fall Apart II- Reds Win 9-4

April 28, 2001. It was like deja vu all over again as Yogi Berra would have said. The Rockies appeared to have solved the Reds mystery and were leading or hanging tough, poised for the usual bottom of the ninth heroics, when once again the apple cart rolled off the path, exploded and burned.  The Reds exploded for 4 runs in the top of the ninth and even the most loyal fans headed for the exits. To make things worse, Hampton was supposed to start today but, due to injury will be replaced by some guy from the minors - aaaaaaah.

Rockies Fall Apart - Reds Win 12-9

April 27, 2001. The Rockies fell completely apart in the first and eighth innings Friday night, or they would have easily beaten the red-hot Reds, who instead won their eighth road game in a row. Bad pitching combined with horrible fielding doomed the Rockies. Astacio, the starter had a rocky first inning where every pitch looked like a batting practice fastball down the middle, but Neifi "The Squirrel" Perez compounded matters by being out of position for the cutoff and making a bad throw to the plate. The result was that the batter, Aaron Boone ended up on third base instead of first and two runs scored instead of one. The Red's lumbering first baseman had apparently missed the third base coach's signal to stop and was cruising slowly toward the plate - even a bad throw would have gotten him by ten feet, but Neifi uncorked a terrible throw, at least ten feet from the plate up the first base line, allowing the runner to score and Boone to scamper all the way to third, from where he would score four pitches later. The charitable official scorer once again failed to assign an error. The Rockies actually recovered from that disaster and took a 9-6 lead on timely hitting by Perez, Pierre, the Walkers, and the Todds, coupled with some horrible defense by the Reds. But it all fell apart in the 8th when Perez misplayed Boone's grounder and opened the floodgates again. The Reds scored 6 off Acevedo, Meyers, and Jimenez and cruised to an easy victory.

Cubs Get Lucky - One Bad Inning Costs Rockies

April 26, 2001.

Just Like Old Times - Baylor Makes A Bonehead Move and Costs His Team the Game 6-5

April 25, 2001.Only now the Rockies are not the victims...

Rocks Overwhelm Baylor Cubs 14-1

April 24, 2001. Mike Hampton controlled the Chicago bats while the Colorado bats smacked everything in sight.

Rockies Finally Beat Diamondbacks

April 22, 2001. Pedro Astacio was the stopper once again, pitching the Rockies to a rare victory in Arizona.

Diamondbacks Win Again

April 21, 2001. Reggie Sanders hit a grand slam homerun as the Diamondbacks romped 10-5.

Diamondbacks Win 3-2

April 20, 2001. Reggie Sanders hit a solo homerun with two out in he bottom of the 9th off Gabe White ($1,166,667) to win the game for Arizona. Todd Hollandsworth ($2,750,000) had tied it off Curt Schilling in the top of the inning with a solo homerun of his own.

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Neagle Sweeps Rockies Into First

April 19, 2001. Denny Neagle ($7,000,000) and three relievers held San Diego to 6 hits and no runs to sweep the three game series on the road, with a 4-0 victory last night. It completed 18 consecutive scoreless innings by Rockies' pitchers, a club record. It was also the first time in Rockies history that they had shut out an opposing team for two games in a row.

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Hampton Fools Padres For 8-0 Victory

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Team Effort Overwhelms Gwynn and SD

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 Hollandsworth Bashes Arizona

April 15, 2001. Todd Hollandsworth had a career day, slamming 3 homeruns including the walk-off winner in the bottom of the tenth to lead the otherwise feeble Rockies to a win over Curt Shilling and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Rockies Squeeze By 'Backs, 9-8

April 14, 2001. The Rockies blew a 5-0 lead and ended up tied 7-7 in the eighth when Cirillo finally clubbed in the winning runs with a homer. I was still a nail-biter to the end, though, with Jimenez one pitch away from loading the bases when he struck out Tony Womack on a 3-2 pitch that was high and outside.

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Rockies Lose At Home to Arizona

April 13, 2001. It was Friday the 13th. It was really cold. Luis Gonzalez ($4,833,333) hit two homeruns. Brian Bohannon ($3,333,333) had another bad night. The "Big Unit", Randy Johnson ($13,350,000), was pitching for Arizona. End of story.

Rockies Finally Win Again

April 12, 2001. They had to hit rock bottom before the Rockies finally bounced back. Things looked there bleakest in the seventh inning of today's game, with the team being no-hit and losing 2-0. Then Larry Walker ($12,166,667) came through as usual with a 2 run homerun. Then, two pitches later, Todd Helton hit one to break out of an 0 for 9 slump. The Cardinals came back momentarily, but the Rockies where not to be stopped and they won in the 9th when Mark Little ($210,000) pinch hit a two-run single. Final score 6-4.

Impotent Rockies Lose Again, 3-1

April 11, 2001. Astacio (6.85M) started and pitched well, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs over 6 innings. But the Rockie's hitters squandered nearly every opportunity, leaving 6 runners on base, 3 in scoring position. They ended up out hitting the Redbirds 7 to 5, but they still managed to lose. That makes 5 in a row, when will it end?

Cardinals Finally Beat Rockies 3-2

April 9, 2001. More accurately, the Rockies beat themselves in Saint Louis. With the game tied in the top of the ninth, third base coach Rich Donnelly made his second error of the year, and it looked just like the first - he sent a runner home when he had no chance. In this case it was Jeff Cirillo, and he was tagged out before he even had a chance to slide. Had he not gone, the Rockies would have had runners on second and third with one out and the meat of the order coming up - not a bad situation. Instead, they went into the ninth tied, and Jose Jimenez settled it by loading the bases and uncorking a wild pitch to hand the game to the home team on a silver platter. Sickening.

Padres Bedevil  Rockies Thrice

April 8, 2001. This had to be the most depressing weekend any Rockies fan has ever experienced since the very beginning in 1993. Here we were, riding high on the three game sweep of the Central Division Champion Cardinals and expecting even easier victories over the last place San Diego Padres, then the proverbial balloon burst The Padres swept the Rockies at home and left serious doubts that the Colorado could win the Western Division this year. It was as if a dark cloud hovered over the stadium even though the weather was perfect for baseball all three days. The pitchers couldn't pitch, the hitters couldn't hit, and in the only game in which they had a chance to win, Saturday, the managers couldn't manage.

Another Day Game, Another Pitching Feat

April 5, 2001. This time the perpetrator was Mr. Pedro Astacio ($6,850,000), but the result was almost the same as Mr. Hampton's ($10,500,000). The starting pitcher threw for 8 innings and only allowed the normally rowdy Redbirds a measly single tally. The end result was the largest margin of the young season with an 11 to 2 triumph

Game 2 - Win 2

April 4, 2001. The second game of the 2001 Colorado Rockies season was the traditional  slugfest that has become so familiar in these parts. Once again, the home starting pitching was effective, with Neagle ($7,000,000) only giving up 3 runs in five innings while the Rockies' Thumpers amassed a dozen of their own. Full Story....

Opening Day at Last:  Rockies Win 8-0!

April 2, 2001. Mike Hampton ($10,500,000), with a little help from the Walkers, Todd ($1,050,000). and Larry ($12,166,667)., totally subdued the fat bats of the slugging Cardinals of the River City,....Click for full story.

The Definitive Preview and Predictions for the 2001 Rockies

March 28, 2001. The Denver Papers are ready to hand the World Series rings out to the Rockies' players today. But let's not be hasty, this team has some problems that will not be easy to overcome. By the same token, it is without a doubt the best Rockies team ever - on paper. Full story....

Baseball Sticks It To Web Users

March28, 2001. It's a bad day for Internet Users who are also baseball fans....Click for full story.

 

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