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What Is That Smell?

By: Alex Patterson

There has been a particular stench around this Rockies team throughout 2010 this far. Mostly, it’s the stench of disappointment. It can be smelled after an injury, since that has been the most potent smell of all this year. It can be smelled after a lousy at bat, which happens several times a game. And probably the worst of them all, the smell of an error that need not be committed save for a little bit of focus.

But now a new smell has come into the fold. It’s new to almost all Rockies mega-fans, management and media, myself included. It’s a sweet smell, maybe even too sweet for us to now what it means. But that smell, why, that’s the smell of a Cy Young Award.

This smell has been following Ubaldo Jimenez around all spring to this point. You could just feel that smell in the air around Minute Maid Park yesterday, and boy was that smell sweet. The attraction of the award seems to be the only thing that can get the Rockies’ bats going anymore. Whatever musk Ubaldo is using after his pregame shower, maybe he should give it to all the pitchers on the staff. Maybe even the rest of the players in general.

Ubaldo this year has a Major League-leading .99 ERA. He also has a Major League-leading 8 wins. No pitcher to ever dawn a uniform with purple pinstripes has lead all of baseball in those categories this late in the season EVER. Then again, when was the last time the Rockies had a pitcher with a right arm that could be mistaken to Zeus’, throwing lightning bolts left and right to average and mortal hitters alike?

That, of course, is a completely rhetorical question. There is no answer, just as there is no answer for Ubaldo. The sweet smell of a Cy Young Award is wafting in the air, and maybe it’s the smell that can finally wake this team up.

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