Mike “Tiny” Pontarelli is not a name widely known by Rockies fans. But when it comes to preserving Rockies big moments, he’s your man. When a player reaches a milestone in his career, Pontarelli is the one who is responsible for tracking down that ball and getting it back to the player. This can be challenging, like when Trevor Story hit his thirtieth double and Manny Machado ultimately tossed the ball to a fan in the stands after the play. Pontarelli was watching, though, and was able to reach that fan and trade for a different ball. He appreciates the importance of these mementos in a player’s career and is happy to be able to contribute to keeping their memories alive. It’s not an easy task, and it takes a team. It can be hard to authenticate certain balls, like ones that go into the stands after home runs. But they all do their best, and most of the time they get it right.
David Dahl has been on the IL since his ankle injury on August 3. He’s been doing rehab in Arizona, working on building up his strength with an underwater treadmill. It will be a good boost for the Rockies to get Dahl back. His hitting has been on point this year, consistent where others have not been. Hopefully he can recover well and get back to doing good work for the Rockies.
On the Farm
The Isotopes had some early success in their game against Sacramento, with the middle of the batting order getting some runs in the second inning. Chris Rusin provided a solid start to the game. He even contributed a hit of his own on the other side of things.
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