Hello, everybody, this is not Mel Allen! It’s been a busy baseball week: some of it good, some of it bad, but all of it worth recommending, liking, favoriting and retweeting.
The week started on a sad note with the death of Tony Gwynn. The Rockies kindly paid tribute to Mr. Padre on Twitter:
Tony Gwynn was a baseball legend, a Hall of Fame player and person. Our thoughts are with Tony's family and friends. pic.twitter.com/2sxXLd5ug0— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) June 16, 2014
Later that evening, Eric Young talked with ROOT Sports’ Jenny Cavnar about the warm welcome Gwynn offered when EY reached the big-leagues;
Sadness turned to anger, or maybe just peevishness, on Tuesday when Major League Baseball announced Nick Masset’s three-game suspension for the kerfuffle with the Braves:
#Rockies P Nick Masset suspended 3 games & fined for intentionally throwing at Evan Gattis with a warning in place on Thurs— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) June 17, 2014
No one much objected to Masset’s punishment — the issue was with Atlanta’s David Carpenter beating the rap by receiving only an undisclosed fine:
@PurpleRow Masset gets suspended for 3 games and fined yet nothing happens to Carpenter?— roxman4ever (@thumper269) June 17, 2014
On a cheerier note, Charlie Blackmon answered questions in the Edward Jones Chatting Cage, a 15-minute interview that’s well worth your time:
Kyle Parker arrived to the major leagues this week, and his alma mater couldn't have been prouder:
Former Tiger Kyle Parker is slated to make his first @MLB start tonight at 1B & bat 7th for the @Rockies at @Dodgers. pic.twitter.com/GuUverMiyI— Clemson Baseball (@ClemsonBaseball) June 19, 2014
Great to see Kyle Parker make it to the big leagues with the @Rockies & proud to watch 6 of our former players in the majors this year! @MLB— Jack Leggett (@JackLeggett7) June 19, 2014
Alas, it wasn't all sweetness and light this week.
On Wednesday, the Rockies found themselves on the wrong end of a buzz saw, as Clayton Kershaw tore through just 28 Colorado batters en route to a no-hitter. Because Rockies fans, followers and players are a self-confident sort, they were universally magnanimous during and after the game:
I'm not sure I've seen a prettier curveball than the one that Kershaw just used to strike out Rosario. Wow. #Rockies— Purple Dino Podcast (@purpledinocast) June 19, 2014
the master— Billy A. (@papality) June 19, 2014
Kershaw was incredible. And should have had a perfect game. Still...wow— Hayden W Kane (@hwkane) June 19, 2014
Obviously would rather see it happen to a different team but @ClaytonKersh22 was beyond words tonight...couldn't happen to a better guy too.— Brett Anderson (@BAnderson_30) June 19, 2014
You got us this time @ClaytonKersh22!— Rockies Road (@RockiesRoad) June 19, 2014
Also will never forget the image of Troy Tulowitzki staying to watch Kershaw celebrate: pic.twitter.com/a6n9hAgprN— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) June 19, 2014
And that’s the way it is for the Social Media Rodeo on the week of June 16. Have a good weekend, buckaroos, and let's watch the Rockies beat the Brewers!