Jeff Bridich’s GM Grades As Rocky Movies

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Aug 5, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher C. Rusin (52) pitches in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Rocky IVChris Rusin

Rocky IV is the single greatest Cold War movie in history. Two giant superpowers, one American and one Russian, fighting not only for themselves but for their country in a symbolism filled, montage laden, boxing match of awesome.

Chris Rusin is simply an awesome low risk grab with the highest reward the Rockies could plan for. He’s exactly the kind of guy you grab when you’re rebuilding for the future, he’s relatively young, he’s cheap, and he’s providing legitimate value to a position you need value in.

Rusin’s eventual value may be in a short term deal and a trade for a bat or a young bullpen piece, but for now it is fun to see a guy that cost basically nothing come in and have great outings that help the team win and gain confidence for the future.

Rocky IV is also Balboa’s greatest triumph. Ivan Drago, his antagonist for the film is a steroid pumped Russian monster of a man. He kills Rocky’s best friend and former competitor Apollo Creed in the early stages and attacks the very thing Rocky and the United States stands for. It’s a film that represents everything, good or bad, about Reagan’s America and the attitude of the Cold War from the American side.

Chris Rusin is also Bridich’s greatest triumph of 2015. A pitcher pulled off the pile, achieving great things in a lost year to keep interest in the future of the organization and the scouting prowess of the front office.

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