Youth, winning formula should sustain upstart Rockies
DENVER -- They're a team caught in the middle of something special and unforgettable. But if you think the Colorado Rockies are just a bunch of impostors riding a shooting star to some kind of fluky hot streak, we've got this bulletin for you:Sooner or later, the streak will end. But for the team currently floating on a 21-1 cloud, this is just the beginning.
- 1. Put a guy who catches the ball at every position.
2. Balance the lineup with mashers, athletes and hitters with plate discipline.
3. Develop your own pitchers -- the more swing-and-miss types, the better.
4. And complement all that with a couple of innovations that allow baseball games played at Coors to actually end in baseball scores, not Arena Football League scores: letting the infield grass grow, and, of course, The Fabulous Humidor, the climate-controlled room installed in 2002 to keep the balls at 70 degrees and 50-percent humidity.
Once the games are over this year, the tough part begins:That's the part where the Rockies try to keep these pieces in place.
I'm not worried about next year. I know we can do it next year. What happens to our payroll beyond that -- our fan base will determine that. If we end up drawing three million fans a year, the answers to the questions are different.
--Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd