Opening Day is almost here. Colorado Rockies look to take 2-1 lead in opening day battles against the Milwaukee Brewers. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The trip to the grocery store this weekend will undoubtedly include an extra bag of chips, peanuts or small candy that can popped into your mouth easily during tenuous 3-2 counts. Of course, that’s not exactly what I meant by “appetizers”. Here are some neat factoids going into this Monday’s season opener against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Did you know our Colorado Rockies are 11-11 in season openers? The Rockies have played the Brewers twice and wait for it…split the two games.
In 2010, our Rockies defeated the Brewers 5-3. CarGo went 4-5 and the now radio guy Ryan Spilborghs contributed a pinch-hit RBI double. Ubaldo Jimenez was the Rox winning pitcher throwing 6 innings and scattering 8 hits giving up only 1 run.
Neat factoid about the former Rockies pitcher Jimenez, two weeks later he would throw the Club’s first ever no-hitter.
In 2013, the Rockies brought the season opener against Milwaukee to extra innings after Dexter Fowler hit a game tying homerun in the 9th inning. Who was the pitcher that blew the save for the Brewers? Current Rockies new guy, John Axford. After recently demoted Rex Brothers pitched the 9th inning, Adam Ottavino would come in to pitch the 10th and earn the loss.
Neat factoid, according to his Wikipedia page, Ottavino is the first major league pitcher to ever wear the number zero.
Staying with neat factoids, CarGo hit a homerun against the Brewers and also hit a homerun in an otherwise forgettable season opener last year in Miami. That puts Mr. Gonzalez on a 2 year streak of opening day homeruns.
Our Rockies are currently on a two game opening day losing streak but have never lost three in a row. So you know what that means, right? Collect all your nickels and bet them on our boys on Monday OR I just jinxed the Club.