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Friday Rockpile: Rockies ready for home opener against Padres

Carlos Gonzalez is already in the swing of things.
Carlos Gonzalez is already in the swing of things.

Rockies' CarGo will have brother in crowd for first time - The Denver Post
Carlos Gonzalez's brother and his mother will attend today's home opener to watch our beloved CarGo play.

"A lot of kids in Venezuela are born with the love for the game, but Carlos was born with the talent," [CarGo's brother] Euro Jr. said. "I wanted him to play baseball so I could teach him."

Put on a good show for your family, Carlos.

De La Rosa finds a home with Rockies | News
Jorge De La Rosa has finally settled into an organization after having bounced around the baseball system. It turns out that he and Troy Tulowitzki are good friends.

Rockies' "other" ace: De La Rosa - The Denver Post
Why is Jorge De La Rosa a better pitcher now than in the past?

"I'm more confident," said De La Rosa, when asked to compare himself to the pitcher he used to be. "I've never gone into a season with this much confidence. I was too young before. I didn't listen to people. Now I listen more and I've learned a lot more things about how to pitch."

There are few better stages in baseball than starting your team's home opener. Go get those Padres, Jorge!

Inside scoop is little help to Padres catcher -
Yorvit Torrealba makes his return to Coors Field this weekend. Remember, no blasters! Anyway, Torrealba downplays that he knows what to expect from each pitcher because there will be a different catcher behind the plate when the Padres bat. Seriously, no blasters!

The Business Of Baseball -
Via Inside the Rockies, the Rockies came in 19th on Forbes' The Business of Baseball rankings.

Goose Gossage: Hall of Famer likes the game the good ol' way - The Denver Post
In the DP's latest fan mail installment, Goose Gossage discusses his thoughts on Carlos Gonzalez and let's us know who his favorite Rockie is.

Rockies starting pitching options - MLB Daily Dish
MLB Daily Dish offers its take on which pitcher the Rockies could look at.

Brew Beat: Gallardo gets five-year, $30.1 million deal
Another young ace gets locked up through his arbitration years and possibly a season or two of free agency.