Last week Carlos Gonzalez conducted a press conference before his first rehab start with the Sky Sox.
On the difficulties of waiting through an injury:
It’s been hard. It’s difficulty when you’re used to playing every day. Obviously we’re not playing great baseball right now and it’s not the best time for me to be out of the lineup. It hurts to see your team struggling and not being able to be there to help them.
On what it felt like when he sprained his wrist and the difficulties of managing injuries throughout the year:
It just felt like a tweaked ankle or when you sprain something. That’s what it felt like when I swung the bat on the pitch I got hurt on. I may have tried to come back a bit too soon after tweaking it the first time. I was only out for 10 days after the initial injury and that wasn’t enough time obviously. I’m a young player and I want to play everyday to improve and help make the team better. Sometimes we don’t care about our bodies as much as we should because you always have to play through pain. It’s almost impossible to avoid nagging injuries over 162 games. But sometimes it’s a lot worse than you think.
On the trade of Ubaldo Jimenez:
It was really hard to see Ubaldo go. He was our ace. He’s been a part of this organization since day one. It’s difficult to see a guy who’s always been a Rockie wearing another uniform. Then again, I’ve been a part of three organizations and it took me a few years to find a home so hopefully he can have success there and make a home for himself.
Earlier this afternoon, Jason Giambi held a press conference in the Sky Sox dugout to address his rehab assignment and his future in baseball.
On how he feels physically:
I feel great. You know I played last night and had to go first to third and had to run out a ground ball. I’m happy with where I was last night. I really hadn’t played in about 16 or 17 days. They wanted to hold me back because it was my left quad so I didn’t hit much or anything.
On the trade of Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians:
I think the (front office) guys know the game. It was a phenomenal move by Dan O’Dowd to get those four young guys they got because we don’t have the opportunity to buy talent like the Yankees. You always have to think about winning now while keeping an eye on the future. With all the young talent they have up there and coming up in the minors, that’s how you win in the big leagues these days. Great pitching stops great hitting.
On the mood in the Rockies clubhouse and the chances of making a run this year:
The one thing I keep telling the guys is to keep their heads up. We haven’t had that one stretch this year where we’ve played Rockies baseball, putting up a ton of runs, getting great pitching…We haven’t put it together yet. I’m still hopeful that we’ll be able to hit one of those stretches to allow us to get back into the race. But it’s been tough. We made a great trade to get Mark Ellis and when that happened I really thought we were going to take off. He came up there and made an immediate impact. We were starting to swing the bats really well and then all of a sudden, Cargo (Carlos Gonzalez) goes down. We’ve really had very few times this year where we’ve had our whole ‘A’ team out there all at one time. An injury here or there has really hindered us. The one consistent presence we’ve had this year is Toddy (Todd Helton). He’s been so consistent the whole year and it’s been fun to watch him play so hopefully we can get this going and make a run at it.
On his role as a veteran leader and mentor to Sky Sox players:
I talked to the kids and try to help them out. I truly think that’s how you give back to the game. You pass it along to the next generation. We’d all like to play this game for the rest of our lives but unfortunately father time catches up to all of us. I’ve been lucky enough that I’m 40 years old and still playing and hopefully still playing for a few more years. I really do enjoy being a mentor to these young kids and hopefully some day they’ll stand up and say, ‘I got to this point because somebody helped me out’, just like I say about Mark McGuire, Ricky Henderson and all the guys I played with who made a huge impact on me.
On the possibility that he’ll be traded to a contender before the end of the season:
That’s not really up to me. That’s up to (GM Dan O’Dowd) and our ownership. They’ve been gracious enough to let me know that some teams have been interested in me and I offered my two cents and said ‘if you guys have to trade me could you trade me to a team that has a chance to win’. I feel very grateful and honored that they’ve even brought that up to me. A lot of times in your career you don’t have that say. I feel special that they would even bring me in on that. But I love it in Denver. I see my self ending my career as a Rockie. I love to put the work in but I still haven’t accomplished what I wanted to do when I got here and that’s win a world series.
On his role with the Rockies and how long he sees himself playing professional baseball:
Jim Tracy has done such a phenomenal job of using me in the right situations. Giving me playing time. I think I could play this role for a few more years. My body is holding up pretty good and my swing is great so I’d like to do that for a few more years.
On his time with the Sky Sox in 2009:
I had a great time in Colorado Springs. I had a chance to play with some of the young guys who are in the Big Leagues now. It’s been fun that I’ve made that connection with a lot of these young kids. I think that’s always how you want to bridge the gap between the older players and the younger players so that they don’t feel intimidated and can lean on the veterans for advice. It was great to come here and get my swing going before I joined the Rockies in ’09. I’m lockering next to Cole Garner and a few other guys and they ask me a lot of questions and I’m honored to be able to impart any wisdom that I can.
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox have announced that there will be a special gate opening on Wednesday, August 10th before the Sky Sox 7:05 PM game with the Memphis Redbirds. With Wednesday being the last time that fans will be able to see Rockies slugger Jason Giambi in a Sky Sox uniform this season, the team is opening the gates an hour earlier at 5:00 PM so that fans can watch Giambi and his fellow Sky Sox teammates take batting practice at Security Service Field. Batting Practice for the team will begin at 5:15 PM and fans are encouraged to come out early and watch the boys of summer take their cuts.
The game will begin at 7:05 PM with Giambi scheduled to play the entire contest in his final rehab start with the team. Tickets can be purchased online on www.skysox.com, over the phone at (719) 597-SOXX or in person at the Sky Sox Box Office.
Rehabbing Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi will conduct a short press conference at 3:45 PM today. Quotes to follow.
Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi will begin a rehab stint in Colorado Springs starting tonight as the Sky Sox take on the Memphis Redbirds at 7:05 PM MT. Here is the official release from the team:
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
The Colorado Rockies announced this morning that infielder Jason Giambi is
scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Colorado Springs Sky
Sox today, Monday, August 8 as the Sky Sox take on the Memphis Redbirds in a
7:05 PM start at Security Service Field. He is scheduled to be with the team through the rest of the current home stand that ends on Wednesday, August 10th. Tickets for Tuesday, August 9 are almost sold out as grass berm seating is all that is left at this time but there are good quality seats still available for tonight’s game and Wednesday’s game.
Giambi, 40, has been on the disabled list since July 27 with a strained left quadriceps
and will be making his first appearance in a game since being placed on the disabled list. Before the injury, Giambi was hitting .260 (25-for-96) with 10 home runs, 24 RBI and 16 runs scored in 48 games with the Rockies.
This will be Giambi’s second stint in a Sky Sox uniform as he previous played for
Colorado Springs in 2009 after the Rockies signed him as a minor league free
agent in August of that year. In six games, Giambi hit .444 (8-for-18) with two
homers, four RBI and four runs scored before the Rockies purchased his contract
and called him up when rosters expanded on September 1.
In his career, Giambi has established himself as one of the premier power hitters in the game. The 2000 American League MVP has hit 425 Major League home runs while playing with the A’s, Yankees and Rockies from 1995-2011.
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox scored four runs in the final two innings to walk-off with a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Sounds.
Trailing 3-0 in the eighth, Mike Jacobs crushed a two out two-run home run to cut the deficit to 3-2. It was Jacobs’ team-leading 23rd home run of the season while he increased his league-leading RBI total to 97.
In the bottom of the inning, the Sounds threatened to add some insurance runs, but the Sox cut down two runners at the plate to keep the game within reach. Jacobs showed why he is more than just an offensive weapon, throwing out the first runner attempting to score from third on a squeeze attempt. Joe Mather threw out the second runner as he attempted to score from second on a single to center.
Riding the momentum created by the defense, the Sox capitalized in the ninth. Mike Paulk led off the inning with a double and reached third as the Sounds fumbled Scott Beerer’s sacrifice attempt. Matt Pagnozzi followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 3-3. However, reliever Mike McClendon was able to retire the next two batters, bringing Matt Macri to the plate. Macri sent the fans home happy with a line drive into the left field corner, scoring Pagnozzi easily from second and giving the Sox a 4-3 victory.
With a myriad of player movement during the first half of the season, the one constant was first baseman Mike Jacobs. Jacobs is hitting .300 (125-for-416) while leading the team in home runs (22), doubles (29), hits (125), runs (68), RBI (95), total bases (222) and walks (56). He also leads the league in games played (112) and RBI. His 95 RBI this season is tied for the most in affiliated baseball this season with Kent Matthes of the Modesto Nuts, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies organization has the top three RBI producers in baseball this season as Modesto’s Nolan Arenado ranks third with 94 RBI. Adrian Gonzalez leads all Major League players with 91 RBI.
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox have announced that there will be a special gate opening on Friday, August 5th before the Sky Sox 7:05 PM game with the Nashville Sounds. With Friday being the last time that fans will be able to see Rockies superstar Carlos Gonzalez in a Sky Sox uniform this season, the team is opening the gates an hour earlier at 5:00 PM so that fans can watch CarGo and his fellow Sky Sox teammates take batting practice at Security Service Field. Batting Practice for the team will begin at 5:15 PM and fans are encouraged to come out early and what the boys of summer take their cuts.
The game will begin at 7:05 PM with Gonzalez scheduled to play the entire contest in his final rehab start with the team. Following the game, the Sky Sox will be launching one of their trademark Friday Fireworks Shows. Tickets can be purchased online on www.skysox.com, over the phone at (719) 597-SOXX or in person at the Sky Sox Box Office.
Last night’s game between the Nashville Sounds and Colorado
Springs Sky Sox was postponed due to rain. The game has been rescheduled as part of a double-header Thursday, August 4th with game one starting at 5:05 PM MT.
Game one of the twin bill will feature RHP Clayton Mortensen (1-5, 9.82) against RHP Mike Fiers (3-0, 2.25). The starters for game two will be RHP Greg Reynolds (5-5, 6.58) against LHP Sam Narron (5-4, 4.30).
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who was slated to begin his rehab assignment Wednesday, is scheduled to start game one.
The Rockies have officially announced that All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will be making a rehab appearance with the Sky Sox starting Wednesday August 3rd – Friday August 5th. The Sky Sox official press release is below:
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
– The Colorado Rockies officially announced this morning that outfielder Carlos
Gonzalez is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Colorado
Springs Sky Sox today, Wednesday, August 3 as the Sky Sox take on the
Nashville Sounds in a 7:05 PM start at Security Service Field. The young
slugger is schedule to play with the Sky Sox through Friday, August 5th.
Gonzalez, 25, has been on the disabled list since July 22 with a strained right wrist and will be making his first appearance in a game since being placed on the
disabled list. Before the injury, Gonzalez was hitting .289 (99-for-342) with
15 home runs, 56 RBI and 63 runs scored in 92 games with the Rockies.
This will be Gonzalez’s second time in a Sky Sox uniform as he previous played for Colorado Springs in 2009 after the Rockies acquired him from Oakland in the Matt
Holliday trade. That season, he started the year with the Sky Sox and in 48
games, hit .339 (65-for-192) with 10 home runs, 43 runs scored and 59 RBI
before he was called up to the Rockies. At the time of his call up, the 59 RBI
were the most in all of professional baseball.
After his call up, Gonzalez went on to establish himself with the Rockies and in 2010
turned in one of the greatest seasons in Rockies history. That season he hit
.336 (197-for-587) to win the National League batting title to go along with 34
home runs, 111 runs scored and 117 RBI. Following the season, he finished third
in the National League MVP voting and was awarded his first career Louisville
Slugger Silver Slugger Award and Rawlings Gold Glove Award. In addition, he was
voted by his fellow players as the 2010 National League Most Outstanding Player
and Major League Player of the Year, also known as the Players Choice Award.
The Sky Sox are honoring Gonzalez’s amazing 2010 campaign on Saturday, August 6
with a special giveaway of a limited edition Silver Slugger and Gold Glove
figurine. The first 1,000 fans through the gates on Saturday will receive this
one-of-a-kind figurine. Gates open up at 6:00 PM for the 7:05 PM start.
For more information please contact Mike Hobson at (719) 597-1449 or at email@example.com.