Colorado Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson won’t draw many comparisons to the great Vladimir Guerrero during his career, but for one brief moment on Friday night he looked an awful lot like the now retired free-swinger.
During a good back-and-forth battle with Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Will Harris, Dickerson started Colorado’s five-run seventh inning rally with a double to right field. But this wasn’t just any double. The pitch that Dickerson squared up was actually a breaking ball that bounced about three feet in front of home plate, but it still managed to find the barrel of his bat.
That’s where the Guerrero comparison comes in. Over the years there have only been a handful of players who have made contact cricket style, and it’s Guerrero who stands out because he’s done it successfully on several occasions. It could almost be named after Guerrero. That’s how adept — or lucky — he was at hitting bouncers for base hits.
“I’ve only seen two people do that,” Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario said after the game, “Ichiro Suzuki and Vlad (Guerrero). Now C.D. is three.”
There's a funny sidebar to the story as well, courtesy of the Associated Press:
Manager Walt Weiss said he was joking before the game that “you can’t throw it too low for Corey.”
“But I didn’t think he could hit one on the bounce,” Weiss said. “I told him he hit it because it took a good hop.”
Troy Tulowitzki and Dickerson each had three for the Rockies. But that one hit had everyone talking.
“After it bounced and I hit it, it came off really good. It came off the sweet spot of the bat, I guess,” Dickerson said.
Dickerson probably couldn't do that again in another 200 swings, but he did it on the swing that counted. That's all that matters, and for a struggling Rockies team that was eliminated from playoff contention earlier this week, they'll take the hit, the highlight and the 7-5 victory.