Colorado Rockies: The joys of early spring training

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SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 23: An overhead view of the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks as they stand for the national anthem prior to the spring training game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 23, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 23: An overhead view of the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks as they stand for the national anthem prior to the spring training game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 23, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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Well, that didn’t take long. Spring training games are only a handful of days old and I have already found myself doing a quick internet search to find out who some of these players are for the Colorado Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies have only played two games thus far in Cactus League play (plus one cancellation due to rain) but there already have been a lot of players who you may not know that have seen game action.

In the Colorado Rockies’ first spring game, someone by the name of Eric Stamets, a non-roster invitee with two hits in 41 career big-league at-bats (.049), stepped up to the plate in the fifth inning and hit a three-run home run into the left-field stands against the Angels.

Then again in the second game, a 3-for-3 performance by prospect Bret Boswell to go along with another day of obscure relief pitchers taking the mound had Google hard at work.

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If you are a movie junkie, you enjoy this time because you get to quote the inappropriate line from the 1989 classic Major League at least once a game, “Who are these #@$!# guys?”

With that said, a word to the wise if you are not a hardcore fan and are just looking for a quick fix to quench your thirst for Rockies’ baseball. Tune in to these spring training games early because, if you don’t, you will likely miss out watching the players that you actually have heard of.

Players like Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story typically get their work in the first couple of innings before departing the game for players with strange numbers on the back of the jerseys. The latter innings is where these lesser-known players compete for the final rosters spots, veterans attempt to make career comebacks, and/or minor league prospects trying to prove their worth to the organization.

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It will be a few weeks before we see prolonged action from the Rockies’ everyday starters, but until then, let’s be thankful that baseball is finally back … even if that means we might not have a clue as to who is playing.

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