Today was the last time we will see Hi Corbett Field this year. With the high probability of the Rockies moving (the latest possibility being t Hohokam Park in Mesa), it may be the last time we see a Rockies game at the historic park.
Other than Ian Stewart fulfilling Rox Girl's prophecy, the Rockies gave us a rude goodbye. Jason Marquis, Manny Corpas, Juan Morillo and Jason Grilli were all lt up. Only Huston Street pitched a clean inning (a renewed closer battle?), while we had to suffer through former Purp Pedro Strop sending the Rockies down in order. And on top of all that, Brad Hawpe left with an early leg injury.
Earlier this week, I reported that the Jason Marquis pitched better than his line indicated. Today was certainly not the case. He was hit consistently hard and often. The outs he recorded were loud line drives or hard hit grounders. He pitched much worse than 6 runs in 5 innings.
And now some last photos from Tucson. We will visit Matt Holliday as his new team faces Seattle tomorrow and be on our way back to Colorado. We hope you've enjoyed the photos.
Maybe Jason Hirsh took his demotion too seriously. I just noticed this shop the day after he was sent to minor league camp, less than a mile from Hi Corbett Field.
Rich Dauer really appears to be a players' coach. After the pitchers took BP, he entertained the staff by turning the pitching machine on high and flinging pitches in the high 90's towards the cage.
The poorest hitters from the morning were relegated to running. Not surprisingly, Jhoulys Chacin and Ubaldo Jimenez were two of them. Here they are readying their running gear.
Ryan Speier, Greg Smith and Jorge de la Rosa joined Ubaldo and Jhoulys for their run. Apparently, the idea of running in the heat makes Jhoulys' stomach turn.
Former first-round pick Chris Nelson takes his at-bat on the minor league field. He would ground into a double play on the pitch.