A Mediocre Team in a Mediocre Division- Rick Langenberg

Welcome to the Mild and Mediocre National League West Division, and welcome to another mediocre professional baseball season.

And thank God for the recent bombardment of snow storms in the Front Range and the lively atmosphere and good looking sights at the Rooftop Bar at Coors Field.

The Colorado Rockies have finished their first month with yes, mediocre results, but a surprising verdict: only a half-game away from first place in a division that may be thrown out of existence due to its dismal play. Yes, the National League West, the division associated with such feared, competitive and legendary teams as the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, is becoming the laughing stock of baseball. The top teams have barely reached the .500 level. So much for the new team culture of the Dodgers with rookie manager Dave Roberts and their stupid executive move in removing former skipper, Don Mattingly. I think co-owner Magic Johnston needs to stick to basketball.

The only more surprises this year are the dismal starts of the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees.

The Colorado Rockies ended the month on a high note, with a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks after getting creamed by the Pittsburgh Pirates and former Rockies’ skipper Clint Hurdle, now the head manager for the Pirates. Clint, who should have never been fired from Rockies-land in the first place, has clearly got our number.

While Coloradoans across the state dreaded the late arrival of winter again, Rocks Manager Walt Weiss was apparently doing snow dances at Coors Field. When asked about whether the recent snow storms, postponing the final game of the series, had served as an opportunity in disguise, Walt admitted there was no disguise about it. His team welcomed the cancelled game with open arms, along with the snowy weather, contending that their bullpen took a mighty beating and the team needed a day of rest.

Unfortunately, for the Rockies, they just couldn’t overcome a heartbreaking recent loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 24. The Rockies nearly overcame a 7-1 deficit in the early stages of the game, a development that loaded up the bars and drinking hubs at Coors Field. But the team clawed its way back into the game with a regular assortment of runs and amazing resilience. A crowd of nearly 40,000 people were reeling in shock.

After recording five runs in the eighth, the inevitable seemed attainable: The Rockies may actually beat the arch enemies of baseball, the Dodgers, in a big opening series and overcome one of the toughest deficits they were dealt with in recent years. (Due to their ridiculous payroll that rivals those of presidential candidates, the Dodgers have overcome the Yankees as the most hated team in baseball.) But the Rocks couldn’t hold onto a three-run lead and new rookie shortstop superstar Trevor Story played infield like your kid sister, bobbling a ball that was a sure double-play. And unfortunately, Carlos Gonzalez had to contend with an obnoxious, drunk fan, who interfered with him in would have been one heck of a grab in the right-field bleachers.

Regardless, the Rocks completely choked and their relief staff should have been banned from Colorado, giving up five runs in the ninth and sabotaging the team’s amazing comeback effort. Once again Coors Field resumed its villain role and retreated to its former reputation as a home run derby and hitters’ paradise. Back in the days of the baseball humidifier era, Coors Field seem to get tamed slightly. But not any longer, as the ballpark is once again becoming the Devil in disguise for many star pitchers.

Somehow this loss took a hefty toll on the team.

Virtually every game against the Pirates, they gave up the ballgame in the first couple of innings with horrid pitching and slow starts.

Starting pitching still haunts this team. But their hitting, with the likes of Story, Nolan Arenado, Gonzalez, Mark Reynolds, DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon, is impressive.

However, as bad as Trevor Story blew the April contest, he rebounded extremely well against Arizona. And you have to love the competitive fire of Arenado, who now leads the league with 11 home runs.

But unfortunately, professional baseball has become a pitchers’ game with the era of the Blake Street bombers emerging as a thing of the past.

As of last Sunday, the Rockies posted a .500 record with a 12-12 showing.

So stay tuned for next month, and hope LA continues to struggle, such as it recently did with eight consecutive losses. Ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw is gearing up to make some more ridiculous commercials for Subway. Rumor has it that presidential GOP front-runner Donald Trump has recruited him for some commercial TV spots against Coloradoans entering California. Trump contends we are too corrupt to attend any games in California.

But if you go to Coors Field, make sure you have a clear path to the Rooftop Bar, an amazing getaway.
And for Colorado Sky Sox fans, don’t give up the campaign to keep the team here in the Pikes Peak region.

Our beloved Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers is completely obsessed with fighting cannabis clubs, while apparently giving up the fight to keep minor league Triple-A baseball in our area. He says we are fighting a losing battle due to our high altitude. Well, we have had a prosperous minor league team here since 1988. Has the altitude suddenly changed? That’s funny, as I haven’t noticed my golf tee-shots at the adjacent Springs Ranch course, next to the stadium, getting any longer due to the air.

John, are you visiting these marijuana clubs yourself? Is there something we should know about?

As several former Sky Sox managers noted recently, if you are wishing for an ideal climate for baseball, you are not going to discover such a dreamland weather environment. If the team gets shipped off to San Antonio, Texas as projected, what is so great with their weather with 100 degree days and horrid humidity in the peak of the season.

Local Baseball fans: Don’t let Mayor John and his ridiculous city council off the hook. They need to get their priorities right and concentrate on saving the Sky Sox.