Yesterday Justin Wick whetted our appetite for Spring Training baseball, but today he’s finally here. And while Spring Training will be structured a little differently this year (Justin outlined some of the changes yesterday), it’s still considered the first day of spring in our household (apologies to those who consider Pitchers and Catchers Reporting to be the first day of spring).
Baseball fans often associate spring with renewed hope, but after disastrous consecutive (and off-season) seasons things are still a bit frigid in the Rockies. The upside is that 2021 promises to be an intriguing year for a franchise at a crossroads. Will the team embark on a rebuild or do they hope they can walk the waters of mediocrity for a few years until they can fight again? Which players will emerge as the next core around which the team can build this potential candidate? Who will fill the job gaps? Chet Gutwein and Joelle Milholm touched on these questions and more earlier this week, but it will likely take all season to answer them. And we’ll have a lot to discuss the various Position Battles when our annual State of Position Series begins next week.
For now, let’s take a step back and discuss:
- What makes you romantic about baseball?
- What inspired you in the sport and how did you become linked to the Rockies?
- What have you missed seeing games the most since the start of the pandemic?
- What are you looking forward to the most next time you attend a game? Who do you most want to attend this game with?
- What’s the first thing you’re going to consume from the Rockies / LoDo concession options?
I’ll discuss this more in the comments, but for now I’ll say I can’t wait to take my boys to a game: my toddler who missed coming down to Coors Field to watch the Rockies’ last year, and my baby we are still waiting to participate in his first game. And we’ll make sure to stop on the 19th and at Wynkoop to see Joel and pick up some hot dogs on our way to the stadium.
For those who have been in Purple Row long enough, you can think of this almost as an open thread or FanPost Friday invite. But as we enter this 2021 season, which promises to be a doozy in more ways than one, let’s take the time to discuss what brought us here, what brings us together and unites us, and let’s remember them. good things about baseball. At least for a day.
So tell us: what do you love about baseball?
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Thomas Harding takes a look at three big issues facing the Rockies this spring: roster, starting fifth, and box preparers. He also has blurb on Dereck Rodriguez, who is looking to try and get on the list.
Kevin Henry, with a hat tip to our own Ben Kouchnerkavich, pieceed together how and when you can watch and listen to Rocky Mountain baseball. The good news is if you own MLB.tv you will be able to watch the Rockies and Dodgers (via SportsNet LA) tomorrow at 12:55 p.m. MT. If you don’t have MLB.tv, fear not: KOA NewsRadio 850 AM / 94.1 FM will also broadcast a radio show.
SportsNet LA will have Rockies @ Dodgers on 3/1.
Fox Sports West will have Rockies @ Angels on 3/6 and Angels @ Rockies on 3/25.
Fox Sports Arizona will have Rockies @ D-Backs on 3/9.
Marquee Sports Network will have Rockies @ Cubs on 03/20.
– Ben Kouchnerkavich (@bkouchnerkavich) February 27, 2021
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