Did you hear? Jim Tracy's coming back next season! And he gets to pick his coaching staff! Weeeeeeeee!
Fake excitement aside, that's actually really good news compared to what many expected to be the announcement of a contract extension. It doesn't make me optimistic for 2012, but at least I don't have to be pessimistic beyond 2012 since I really doubt he'll do anything next season to warrant that extension.
Small, painful victories.
Padres 2, Rockies 1 (boxscore)
Just no victories on the field.
I guess I should officially retire the Recap this season? Can I please do one more, just to make sure I don't get rusty heading into the offseason? Is that too much to ask?
-- Seattle Mariners rookie Mike Carp had five hits tonight. The Rockies had five hits in the first 17 innings of this series. Then they had three in the ninth inning, scored a run, and still lost.
-- Troy Tulowitzki made his return to game action, striking out as a pinch-hitter with first and third in the 8th inning. When Tulo made his walk to the plate, that was the first time Coors Field had a pulse during this home stand. Sad, but not unexpected.
-- Felt like Jhoulys Chacin threw one of his better games in the second half of the season. Of course he takes his 13th loss, but I just wanted to see him finish strong and keep us from unnecessarily pounding our head on the table worried we can't count on him to step up next season. He definitely accomplished that.
-- Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers and Rafael Betancourt also pitched well. It'll be nice having all three back in the bullpen next season.
Tomorrow's the grand home finale!
Seriously, if you're going, have an awesome time. We're all frustrated and annoyed by this season, but it's still baseball, and to have a major league team in your city/state/wherever is a real priviledge. And regardless of how much our team stinks, it's still the greatest game/past time in the world. Nothing beats it.
But you can still be mad at the players when they do their sponsored trot around the warning track to thank you for putting up with the bleh.