Justin Morneau, in true Justin Morneau fashion, blasted an opposite field solo shot in the Rockies’ home opener for his 1500th career hit. The ball was tracked down, traded for, and returned to the appreciative slugger. After struggling in the team’s opening series, Morneau broke a 1-13 slump (that’s a slump if you’re Justin Morneau) in what could only be the perfect timing of fate and a little bit of LoDo magic.
DJ LeMahieu developed a rather unwarranted bad rap last year over the offensive side of his game. Mind you, LeMahieu hit a pedestrian .264 a year ago. He won’t put balls in the outfield stands more than a handful of times a year, but he can get on base and he does drive in runs. This and more are the topics of conversation in Nick Groke’s piece on batting LeMahieu ninth. A fiery Troy Tulowitzki shares his take on the batting order and his thirst for RBI opportunities.
Here’s some more DJ reads, this time geared toward his defensive abilities. Footage of beautiful plays included.
Those are words Rockies fans would have never expected to read after the kind of year Colorado’s bullpen put together last year. But my does this feel good. Lefty reliever and last night’s ninth inning pitcher, Boone Logan, talks late innings and a new dynamic. Nick Hundley chimes in on the ‘pen, and he’s certainly not betting against them.
If you’re like me, walk up songs are a weirdly exciting part of your Opening Day observances at Coors Field. If you couldn’t make it, not a whole lot of new happening this time around. A few changes plus the addition of Nick Hundley. Denver Post music critic, Matt Miller, has the playlist.