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By education and experience - Accountant with a specialty in taxation. Formerly a CPA (license has lapsed). Masters degree in law of taxation from University of Denver. Now retired. Part time work during baseball season as receptionist & switchboard operator for the Colorado Rockies. This gig feeds my soul in ways I have trouble articulating. One daughter, and four grandchildren. I share the house with two cats; a big goof of a cat called Grinch (named as a joke for his easy going "whatever" disposition); and Lady, a shelter adoptee with a regal bearing and sweet little soprano voice. I would be very bereft if it ever becomes necessary to keep house without a cat.
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2010-09-10 6:30 AM
Coors Field Nugget Five - Stealing home
The Rockies are up to something. The Giants and the Padres are not rolling over and playing dead just yet, so we may not make it into the wild card slot, but this is fun to watch no matter what the outcome.
Yesterday afternoon (and I was not at the game, darn it all) with the score tied against the Reds, infielder Chris Nelson took advantage of the pitcher's inattention and raced for the plate and scored the winning run. The replay (you can see it at www.coloradorockies.com) clearly shows the pitcher's confusion. Probably his infielders were yelling at him to throw to home for the out and he didn't understand.
Nelson has spent most of the season in Triple A, up to Denver once or twice, and is now on the 40 man expanded late season roster. Clearly he pays attention to what is going on around him.
In the press interview room after the game, manager JIm Tracy was asked for his reaction as Nelson came hurtling down the base path. "I shouted 'Oh, no!' " was Tracy's response. Then he grinned and revised his statement. "Well, I didn't say 'Oh, no!', actually." The press responded with shouts of laughter.
I imagine third base coach Rich Dauer deserves some of the credit. The way Tracy tells the story, it doesn't sound like the the dugout was sending any signs.
Yesterday completed a sweep of the Reds, preceded by a sweep of the Padres in San Diego last weekend. Bottom feeding Diamondbacks are here tonight. I imagine they are poised to act as giant killers. Stay tuned.
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