Jeff Bridich’s GM Grades As Rocky Movies
Jul 31, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher K. Kendrick (38) reacts after allowing a solo home run to St. Louis Cardinals third baseman M. Carpenter (13) in the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Rocky V: Kyle Kendrick
The argument for Bridich and many others is that Kyle Kendrick was never supposed to be good. Well, that sure as hell doesn’t make any sense. Even in a building year, there are opportunities to find better, cheaper pitchers that fill the needs Kendrick was signed to fill: Innings eating, bullpen helping pitchers that can set a standard at the top of the rotation.
Kyle Kendrick is not good, he is a bad pitcher. Jeff Bridich needs to take his lumps here on this one, just like Stallone needs to take his lumps on Rocky V.
The fifth Rocky takes all the momentum from the fourth and throws it away, it kills Adrian, it doesn’t show a single Rocky boxing match, and the themes of the first four movies of Rocky overcoming something are completely gone. Rocky is instead overcoming a tough relationship with his son and a future in a sport that may not need him anymore.
Sure, the idea of the movie may be a good one, but that’s not a Rocky movie. That’s a boxing movie with a different aging star and a different title. Rocky movies are supposed to make you feel pride, feel like anything is possible if you just set your mind to it. Rocky V is like someone telling you your dog died and handing you a hamster to make you feel better.
Kyle Kendrick isn’t fooling anyone, he’s bad and he’s not a Rocky movie.
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