The Colorado Rockies did something last night that they've done very little of lately. Win. But despite the rarity of the wins and the abundance of losses this season, the Rockies have always played hard. That is a credit to manager Walt Weiss and every player that steps out of the dugout onto the field.
The struggles of this team have been well documented not only here at Rockies 101, but everywhere. They are in last place after all. Despite those struggles, though, something has sort of been swept under the rug. Each and every night, through 45 wins and 68 losses, the Rockies go all out in an attempt to turn the season around. While the whole 'turning the season around' didn't turn out their way, the willingness to make the effort plays and play hard every night needs to be commended.
You will consistently see guys diving and sliding around in the field trying to make spectacular plays to help out a pitching staff that could use all the help they can get. Even oft-injured Carlos Gonzalez can't help but make those highlight catches, even if he ends up hurt in the process like up in Detroit. Nolan Arenado is well on his way to another Gold Glove this year, and when he can't come up with a diving stop and strike to first, you can see the frustration on his face. These guys care about the game, even if they end up on the losing side more often than not.
On the base paths is where guys can kind of take it easy, but not the Rockies. You'll see guys stretch doubles into triples, go first to third on base hits and hit line drives at guys that turn into hustle doubles. There are no shortcuts on the bases and the Rockies are still sliding headfirst despite a few broken hands.
But don't think it's all hustle and no fun for the Rox. Did you see the swag Carlos Gonzalez displayed after his no doubt home run? He may be having a down year, but he's still got the strut to compete with the best.
And while the losses have piled up this year, the hustle plays have as well. Whatever happens with the Rockies this offseason, Walt Weiss is the guy who inspires these guys and needs to come back at least for next year's ride.
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