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2012-07-19 2:41 PM
Coors Field Nugget Five - Just Like the Movies
A week ago this evening, Josh Rutledge was playing shortstop for the Tulsa Drillers, the Rockies AA team. During the game, he was called off the field to the clubhouse, and another infielder sent in to play short.
Friday night - Friday the 13th, no less - he was in the opening lineup at Coors Field. His gear was still somewhere between Springdale, Arkansas and Denver. He wore borrowed shoes and played with a borrowed glove. The wardrobe department at Coors Field had a uniform ready for him, he wore #14, which Rockies fans will always associate with Andres Gallaraga.
He left the game later that evening with a 1.000 batting average, two RBI's, a stolen base and provided the spark that led the Rox to a win against the Phillies. To add to the Hollywood-like aspect of the evening, pitcher Christian Friedrich had a solid game and got the win.
The Rockies pitching staff is down to a four man starting rotation, with a pitch count of 75 for all starters. This makes it difficult for a respectable start to end up in the win column, since if the starter gets to 75 pitches before the middle of the fifth, one of the relievers will be credited with the win.
Anyway, just past the half way point in what has been a very disappointing season, Rockies fans had two accomplishments to cheer about.
Scuttlebutt has it that Rutledge was giddy as he contemplated his evening in the post game euphoria of the club house, wiping the inevitable shaving cream pie out of his temples and responding to dozens of texts and tweets.
But his on field persona during the game that evening was almost deadpan - "I'm here to play ball, what's the big deal?"
A novelist or script writer who used this scenario in a story would be accused, and rightly so, of relying too heavily on cliche.
Since that evening, the cliches have been retired and the 2012 season continues to unfold as it did before July 13.
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