Critical games in Colorado for both teams. With the Dodgers leading the NL West by 3 games and the Rockies leading the Wild Card, this is really a penant race. is time for the Dodgers to put more ground between them and the Rockies.
Dodgers get to visit their old manager Jim Tracy. Jim managed the Dodgers from 2001 to 2005 and won a division title in 2004.
Only four current Dodgers played for Tracy — Weaver, Guillermo Mota, Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo. The latter two played for Tracy only in brief callups.
Going to the Rockies website, I found this
The Rockies’ fans’ feelings for the Dodgers certainly are strong. After the Rockies’ improbable 14-inning, 6-4 victory over the Giants — brought home by Ryan Spilborghs’ grand slam — fans broke into a heartfelt “Beat L.A.” chant. The Rockies enter Tuesday’s opener of a three-game showdown trailing the Dodgers by three games in the National League West. The Rockies have a four-game cushion in the Wild Card standings.
What is the obsession of teams emphasizing the other team instead of their own team? I know, I know, everyone wants to beat L.A. I like Oldbrooklynfan (some might remember him from the article written about him making his first trip to Dodger Stadium) from the ITD blog where he changed that to say Beaten by L.A.
Upcoming Game (08/25)
Clayton Kershaw 8-7
Jason Hammel 8-7
The 9-foot, 6-inch tall statue is entitled “The Player.” it was donated by the Rotary club of Denver. It’s the same figure that it awarded, in a much smaller size, to the recipient of the Branch Rickey Award, which honors the Major League player who best exemplifies the Rotary’s motto of “service over self.”
The nominees from each team for 2009 have already been announced. You can check them and also past winners here >>.