Monday, May 31, 2010

Rock Solid Recap: He's Real, And He's Spectacular

If you weren't sure, that's only because you hadn't seen him pitch yet.

Now that you have, you're sure.

Rockies 4, Giants 0

Winning Player: Ubaldo Jimenez

I don't know what I can tell you that isn't already obvious.

I could rattle off the amazing numbers, but you've already seen those a 100 times.

I could tell you he throws hard, his ball moves, and he gets stronger as the game moves along. I think you can all see that for yourself

I'll just settle for telling you it's a special thing we're witnessing. A special thing that not only Rockies fans are invested in, but after today, baseball fans from all over the world will be invested Ubaldo Jimenez.

They're going to check his boxscores. They're going to go to the park when he's pitching. They're going to buy his jersey. He's almost going to become bigger than the Colorado Rockies. That's a little scary, but not too scary just yet.

It's just nice he's starting to get the kind of attention he deserves. And it's even nicer he's doing it for our favorite team.

To Tim Lincecum's credit, he wasn't his usual self out there today, yet still only allowed three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. He fared better than Dan Haren, Zack Greinke or Hirkoi Kuroda have against Colorado in the last 8 days. Once he figures it out, he'll be right back where he was. It's just nice the Rockies were able to get one on him while he was down.

Good lord I'm turning into Jeff Huson with all this "It's just nice" stuff. Must. Stop. That.

Now here's the thing.

There I go again. Stop it!

This is one baseball game. A very big baseball game, but there are still two equally big baseball games remaining with San Francisco this week. The Rockies have to find a way to win the series, on the road, in the division, against a team they'll be battling right down to the wire.

And that won't be easy against Barry Zito and Matt Cain.

For tonight, though, enjoy another beer and a burger/brat/dog in honor of Ubaldo.