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2006-09-04 20:53
by Mark T.R. Donohue

The Rockies are seriously considering bringing Kaz Matsui back next year. Write your own punchline. He has been OK since being called up, but the sample size is tiny. It's entirely a question of price tag. If Colorado can get him for next to nothing, that would be fine, but since he used to be a star in Japan, why would he take next to nothing? Couldn't he just go back overseas? I'm not completely sure how this works. Maybe he feels a deep need to prove himself in the United States and would accept an opportunity to redeem himself playing for peanuts in Denver. If that's the case, I'm definitely in favor of bringing him back. You can never have too many bitter guys with chips on their shoulders. Never.

The team that wins the NL wild card -- if MLB doesn't decide, in the interest of saving face, to just call the whole thing off and give the Mets a bye to the NLCS -- isn't going to be very good this year. We've already been over the fact that just because the Rockies were closer to contending than we ever thought they would be for a while this year doesn't make the season a disappointment. The team that wins the wild card won't be good, but they will be less not good than Colorado are right now. Next year, we will be less not good. I feel it on the inside.

Cal got smacked around by Tennessee in football. I mention this only because I went to Cal, and every now and then, I try to support them by watching their games. I don't really know why I do this as they always disappoint me when I do. Also, football on TV has become completely and utterly unwatchable. The signal-to-noise ratio in football telecasts is so extraordinarily low that it takes a better man than I to stay awake all the way through one. Maybe in this sense it's a relief that Cal's preseason hype immediately turned out to be a mirage. Now I can not watch their games and not feel bad about it. Except for the Stanford game. As much as I desire to not watch football, my hatred for Stanford trumps it. That's really the one thing I learned in college that I am comfortable discussing on a site that my parents read from time to time.

Troy Tulowitzki is 5 for 17 with one double. Chris Iannetta is 2 for 16 with 2 singles. All September callup stats are essentially meaningless, even more so than Matsui's 40 AB sample, but what else have we as Rockies fans to look at right now?

2006-09-04 21:15:38
1.   Bob Timmermann
You did not address Brian Fuentes disappointing performance tonight.
2006-09-04 21:17:59
2.   GreenIsBlue
Yeah the mood around campus is pretty glum at the moment...especially among us seniors.

Thanks to you, I'm considering adopting the Rox as my 2nd-favorite team. Thank you.

2006-09-04 21:59:55
3.   Mark T.R. Donohue
A marquee closer on a last-place team is like a mule with a spinning wheel.
2006-09-05 10:24:19
4.   Bob Timmermann
Heh, heh... mule...
2006-09-07 22:00:24
5.   Kels
How good has the Diet been? he really has been awesome.

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