April 02, 2011
Whether it be Dante Bichette's 14th inning walk-off over the New York Mets opening the seal on Coors Field, or Mike Hampton(notes) tossing a shutout his debut, something weird or dramatic is sure to happen in the Colorado Rockies home opener.
Upton up: Justin Upton(notes) was a big reason for that. Those hoping 2011 with be his breakout season will be pleased by today's results. In the 5th inning, Upton turned on an Ubaldo Jimenez(notes) fastball for a three-run homer. He later added a double and overall looked very comfortable at the plate all afternoon.
Ubaldo down: Of chief concern to Rockies fans were the velocity issues of their anointed "Chief" Ubaldo Jimenez. Those who watch the speed gun expecting to see 98-99 all day were terrified when his fastball was consistently clocked between 88-92. Not sure if there's more to that story, but there's no denying Ubaldo was not the guy we saw even late in the 2010 season.
Controversy: It was another rough day for boys in blue. Two pivotal calls went in Arizona's favor that had the Coors faithful up in arms.
The first coming on a Todd Helton(notes) pop foul down the left field line. Fan interference was ruled as Arizona's Gerardo Parra(notes) slid in awkwardly to avoid an impact with the sidewall. The other call was simply blown when it was ruled Seth Smith(notes) did not make a sliding catch of a Chris Young liner. Replays confirmed the grab was made.
Tulo's Firework(s) limited to music: After months of suggestions from a very vocal portion of Rockies fans, slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki(notes) opened a poll that allowed them to vote on his new walkup song.
The fans selection: Firework - Katy Perry
Tulowitzki's statline: 0-for-5, 2 strikeouts. Perhaps Tulo will overrule the fans and change his tune tomorrow.