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Football Friday (a baseball column) presents: The Braves ruined everything

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The Braves have ruined everything, you guys.
The Braves have ruined everything, you guys.
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Hello and welcome to Football Friday, a baseball column, where I sometimes spend more time talking about Justin Bieber and how I've never been owned than baseball, but don't worry about that right now. There's plenty of baseball this week, and you can email with your questions for even more next week!

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Well, you guys, the Braves ruined everything again.

Atlanta made the first huge splash on the Hot Stove this winter by trading shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Angels for Erick Aybar, Sean Newcomb, and Chris Ellis. This trade isn't only the first big move of the winter, it also alters the market for teams looking to acquire a star. If Simmons is worth Newcomb and Ellis, what are other players worth?

Beyond broader league ramifications, the move asks questions of the Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez is allegedly being shopped by GM Jeff Bridich and the team is likely in a full-on rebuild after trading Troy Tulowitzki last July. But the question is, are the Braves doing what the Rockies should? And if they are, are they ruining the Rockies' market?

The Angels were a potential landing spot for CarGo, since the team needs an outfield bat to pair with Mike Trout, and they've had problems with the bats. Plus, Sean Newcomb would have been a great get for the Rockies, a team looking acquire as many arms as possible in a rebuild effort. Now that's over. Whether or not the Angels made the right call is irrelevant to this conversation because they made a call and the Rockies weren't involved. So the question is, did the Rockies and Angels have conversations about CarGo and Newcomb? If not, why not? Are the Rockies not holding the cards we think they are?

If they did have these conversations, what turned the Angels ears toward Simmons? Granted, the shortstop is all-world defensively, cheap, team-controlled, and could still find his bat at 26. But, Erick Aybar is a good enough shortstop that the Los Angeles of Anaheim could utilize him around a CarGo-Trout-Pujols lineup that would mash the ball consistently enough that defense wouldn't matter nearly as much.

Were the Rockies not willing to eat CarGo's money? Did the Jose Reyes news impact their decision? Are they not in full rebuild at all but instead hoping Carlos is the elder statesman in the youth movement coming into their own the next two seasons?

With every trade and every free agent signing, the market changes for the Rockies. Seemingly irrelevant moves between two teams not in their division suddenly have massive ramifications on the team's future moves.

The Braves apparent full tear down pushes the Rockies' hand, because Atlanta has also made outfielders like Cameron Maybin available and the more teams that decide they can live without CarGo means more teams the Rockies won't be able to call this winter. That's bad.

There's nothing worse than waiting through a players peak value period and ruining your chance at getting a good return, Well, there's always getting left at the altar as the person you love escapes to the Caribbean to live a grandiose life with Latin royalty, but I think waiting around like what the Rockies did in regards to situations like Brad Hawpe is much, much worse than that.

Once again, the Atlanta Braves ruin everything. Thanks a lot, Georgia.

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The Good Opinion of the Week

Each week, I personally scour Rockies-related Twitter feeds for good opinions on food, music, movies, or even bottled water. I will feature anything that I look at and think "that is a good opinion."  This week, the good opinion comes from one of the Rockies' top prospects, David Dahl.

Here's David's tweet:

Oh heck yeah, the new Bieber is that many fire emojis and more, David.

Against everybody's better judgment here at Purple Row, I've actually been allowed to write about Bieber on this website before, and his album's release last Friday further drives the point home that the Biebs is starting to fulfill the pop potential we saw in him when he was making 14 year old girls swoon and grown white men angry for literally no reason.

On the top of the album is the generational banger "Sorry," but the album drop has pushed some other great pop songs into the hearts and minds of America. Specifically, for me, "Love Yourself." The smooth guitar and soft brass sounds of this breakup song makes it a universal jam. Add in hot fire lyrics like "My mama don't like you and she likes everyone" and you've got a song that the world can get behind.

Over the weekend, I noticed something concerning about the Bieber release. Specifically, attacks on Justin. I saw fans of the group One Direction (a good pop group in its own right) attacking the Biebs as though pop music is a competition that ought to be engaged in by fans. I'm sorry, I thought pop music was about love and cherishing one another. Instead, it's been infiltrated by wack-ass opinions looking to drag people down (get it?) over something that doesn't matter.

Have you all forgotten about the music? David Dahl obviously hasn't, and neither have I. Maybe you should follow our lead.

Rockies Club Status

Now for a new part of the column, every week this column will dive into what the Rockies' Club Status is. I will be judging the Rockies prior performance by comparing them to what type of song they would be at the club. The worst is a country song, the best is a BANGER. (This might make more sense when they start playing games again in April.)

This week, the Rockies are:


You know when you go to a club in your college town, or maybe in your small hometown, and the DJ is a guy that is on like his fifth gig? You know the guy whose DJ name is usually DJ Skidz or just DJ and his initials like DJ RT? Those guys always have really bad remixes of solid jams.

Like, he'll take "Let Me Clear My Throat" by DJ Kool, one of the greatest hip hop songs of all time, and splice it up with No Doubt's "Spiderwebs." He'll be up there grooving to DJ Skidz' "Let Me Clear My Spiderwebs" and the girls will be leaving the floor to get their next half priced cherry vodka whatever. DJ Skidz is up there completely ruining the groove of the dance floor but he thinks he's doing great, so you have to kind of respect that.

That's the Rockies right now. They're not ruining the night, because you know the girls won't be leaving the club unless you start playing too much Toby Keith, or some deep cut 98 Degrees, so you kind of just have to wait this remix out and hope they drop a banger on the next track.

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Reader Mailbag

Welcome to the mailbag, every week I'll read what you degenerate jerks have to say to me. Better make it good.

"Why will the Rockies rebuilding efforts work this time around?

-Bryce S"

Thanks for the good question, Bryce.

First, I believe the Rockies rebuilding effort will work this time around because I believe in the process they've implemented in drafting and development. The farm isn't just good anymore—it's elite. Jon Gray's graduation to the majors this summer is just the beginning of a long line of prospects the Rockies have set up for success in the next two years.

David Dahl, Jeff Hoffman, Raimel Tapia, Ryan McMahon, Trevor Story, Forrest Wall, Brendan Rodgers, Kyle Freeland, Jesus Tinoco. These are all assets the Rockies have that are coming by 2018 and set to make an impact on the team. Even if half of these guys don't produce value as expected, which can happen, the team is set to be better than they have been since 2010. O'Dowd missed in so many drafts from 2007-2011 that the team wasn't able to produce consistent talent and couldn't establish depth behind their superstars. That won't be the case anymore and hey! We might even have some pitching!

Second, I believe the rebuild will work because a rebuild has already been successful in Denver. Remember 2007? 2009? 2010? Three winning seasons in four years with two playoff appearances aren't something to completely dismiss, even though the majority of Rockies fans act like they were just some Miracle of Fate and not a calculated, well-executed rebuild that fell apart with injuries and a lack of depth rising to fill injured shoes. Yes, 2007 was fluky in how it went down, but that was a well-built team, and shouldn't be completely discounted.

Next, we have a winter prediction from David B.

"What we should do is start the FULL rebuild...

-Trade CarGo for a top pitching prospect or an established pitcher. Or trade him for hitting prospects if we can't find pitching.

-Trade JDLR for prospect. Should've traded him for Eduardo Rodriguez when we had the chance.

-Trade Blackmon. His value won't get any higher.

-Trade Rosario to an AL team. He'd could be a pretty decent DH

-Trade DJ. His value is the highest it will probably ever be. (Id personally keep him for another year though)

What the Rockies will probably end up doing...

-Keep everyone including CarGo.

-Sign Daniel Murphy (lose comp pick)

-Sign a few pitchers no ones really heard of.

-Sell half the farm team for a pitcher(s) that had one or two good years.

-Rebuild over. Mission accomplished"

David, I understand your concern.

The Rockies' issue in the past hasn't been a lack of commitment to winning, but rather a lack of commitment to a single process of creating a winner from the ownership. Dan O'Dowd, bad drafts aside, wasn't a terrible GM—he just wasn't given the optimal timeline to create consistent competitive balance from the bottom up. I think (hope) Bridich has convinced Dick of the plan (and not the other way around) that these kids he's cultivated are the way to bring a winner to Colorado, rather than Daniel Murphy or a trade for Edinson Volquez.

Let's take this to the comments: what do you think the Rockies do this winter? Is David right? Are his worries justified?

(That said, we should sign Mike Leake.)

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Has Connor Been Owned?

Each week, our team of investigators and officials here at Connor, Inc. will look into whether or not Connor was the victim of an "own."  For the uneducated, an own is often a comeback or put down that renders the person speechless and unable to turn the conversation around. It's also described as a "serve" or "savage".

I'm a medical miracle in that at no point in my life have I been owned by anyone online, or in real life. Here is what is being brought forth to the Committee of Owns this week as alleged evidence of my owning:


The editor and fearless leader of Purple Row decided to throw his own attempt into the ring on Wednesday night. Bryan used my own tweet against me in a pun attacking the very nature of my coolness. Well, if playing Bieber three times in a row at a hipster bar that only serves cans of beer is wrong, I don't want to be right.

The committee took longer than expected to come to a ruling on this one, as it did take into account that Bryan is the managing editor of this website. But, after deliberation, the committee has found that I was not owned. Any reporting or speculating to the opposite of this ruling is not allowed and will be met with swift legal justice.

Let's quantify all of this:

Has Connor ever been owned? Owned Not owned
November 13, 2015 - X
November 20, 2015 - X

Can't argue with numbers, folks.



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