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Chris Iannnetta: A Tragic Poem

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Now that his time here has ended, I would be remiss

If I never told you about that catcher we had named Chris

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He came from Rhode Island, a wonderful place indeed

Even before his call up in 06, many thought he would succeed

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Adored by most for his quiet work ethic and smile

But truly loved by some for those walks he could compile

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Iannetta was mostly a backup during Colorado's golden age

You know, that one time when the Rockies reached baseball's biggest stage.

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He sharpened his skill set in preparation for 08

And thus a seed was planted for a truly epic debate

A double, a walk, a home run, a LINE DRIVE!!!

Does that OPS really say .895?

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A catcher who can get on base AND hit for power - OH WOW!!!

The Rockies have never had a guy like that before, have they now?

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Yes Iannetta's 25th year was a breakout season to behold

But nothing could prepare us for what was about to unfold

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The Rox got off to a very slow start in 09 you see

So out went Clint Hurdle and in came Jim Tracy

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And then there was of course that single polarizing trait

That annoyed so many about this man behind home plate

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"HE CAN'T HIT FOR AVERAGE" screamed the traditional folk

They were convinced all this saber metric stuff was a joke

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"THAT'S NOT IMPORTANT" others fired back.

"He gets on base just fine - Halt your ignorant attack"

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But the play on the field that summer only fanned the flames

Yorvit Torrealba got hot, and began to catch most games

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"WHAT YORVIT IS DOING IS UNSUSTAINABLE" Chris's defenders would shout.

"A BABIP of .440 the last month? - Talent will win out."

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But it was already September and time was growing short

Tracy rode the red hot Yorvit, and his performance didn't thwart

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However in the season's final week Iannetta did get one very meaningful at bat

And he hit a 10th inning walk off home run against the Brewers - How about that?

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Now the argument of who should start in the postseason was reaching a boil

"IT SHOULD BE CHRIS!" - "NO IT SHOULD BE YORVIT!" It felt like fire and oil.

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As Game 1 neared and it came time for Jim Tracy to decide

The "Catcher War" only witnessed an even more spacious divide

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A new conflict of who was "clutch", or if it even existed was waged

On and on and on and on - this titanic battle raged

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But when the LDS began, the job was given to Yorvit

Chris Iannetta and his OBP would have to take a backseat

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So from the bench, season on the line, our hero watched Game 4

Hoping dearly that somehow a trip back to Philadelphia was in store

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And it looked so - when in the 8th - to the wonderment of all

Yorvit Torrealba tore the cover off the ball

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His double in the right field gap made the score a euphoric 4-2

But after a 9th inning I'd rather not talk about, "Torre" bid adieu

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And so the job was Iannetta's at last, nothing could stop him right?

Olivo would be that backup next season while Chris flew high as a kite

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But Chris got off to a dreadful start and was sent down to AAA

While Miguel Olivo hit a dinger, every single day

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So even after Iannetta returned, and Olivo couldn't buy a hit

Jim Tracy still didn't give Chris back - his starting catcher's mitt

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"Latin catchers must catch Latin pitchers" - or at least that seemed to be the message conveyed.

No matter how awful Olivo looked in the lineup, Tracy just couldn't be swayed

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Colorado lost 13 of their final 14 games that season / Sigh

The 2010 season was over, and for Olivo, that meant goodbye

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First off to Toronto, and then over to Seattle he went

I'd have to imagine this all happened without Jim Tracy's consent

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Yes, the starting catching job was now truly Chris's at last,

He's the best option we had, and the margin was quite vast

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Now even though Tracy's hand was forced, and he had to give Chris his shot

He refused to bat him anywhere in the lineup - except for the 8th slot

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Perhaps this trend, would have been - a tad easier to ignore

If against the Reds Tracy didn't bat - THE BACKUP NUMBER FOUR!!!

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And since I'm not going deeper into 2011 than this

That brings us near the end, of our story about Chris

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His tenure with the Rockies, it really couldn't persist

At least not as long as he and Jim Tracy were forced to coexist

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So as the wicked November wind ushered in the coming winter

A report of a trade involving Chris was hot - and just off the printer

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He was off to California's southern coast - and at least from what I understood

He'd been dealt for a 21 year old pitcher - by the name of Tyler Chatwood

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And just like that, the Iannetta era came abruptly came to an end

There would be no game to bid farewell to our longtime noble friend

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So I'll conclude by thanking him, for everything he gave us Rockie fans

But sadly now we must move on - without Iannetta in our plans.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. But the above FanPost does not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or views of Purple Row's staff (unless, of course, it's written by the staff [and even then, it still might not]).

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