Rocky Mountain Low

The baseball season has been described as a marathon. It goes on for months and months before a winner is eventually crowned. While the regular season results are important, it is the how you end the season that really counts.

When your favorite team or player struggles, it is hard to watch the daily grind and losing wear on them. It would be so easy for them to just give up and let the rest of the season play out were it not for professional pride.

Such is the case with Legend Mark Grace. His losing streak is now at 0-27 and each night seems to bring a new way for him to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Grace has brought losing to an art form.

Despite all of his struggles, the fans are still squarely behind their favorite polyester and foam Legend. Tonight marked a new beginning. The Cincinnati Reds were out of town replaced by the Colorado Rockies.

Maybe this is the spark Grace needed. Maybe there has not been enough purple on the field or in the stands. Maybe Grace was just feeling a little lonely. Maybe I am grasping at straws here. Maybe I need to stop using the word maybe.

As the fifth inning ended I could see the Diamondbacks Legends getting ready in the Rockies bullpen, stretching and jogging in place to prepare for the big race. With a signal from the public address announcer the Legends sprinted out of the bullpen gates heading towards home plate.

Grace stumbled out of the gates and found himself towards the back of the pack. Alongside Grace was Randy Johnson who once again boxed in Grace not allowing him to pass on the left.

Matt Williams and Luis Gonzalez were a few steps ahead battling for the lead. Grace attempted to speed up but Johnson matched him stride for stride not allowing him to get ahead. There was bumps and more than a few elbows that seemed to land among the Legends.

Rounding the plate and heading for the finish line it was Gonzo who maintained his lead taking the race. Poor Grace just could not get it going finishing last and gasping for air.

Maybe Grace was suffering from altitude sickness a result of running through the Colorado Rockies. No matter what the reason, Grace falls to 0-28 and the losing streak continues.

About Jeff Summers

Just a guy from Section 132 Row 9 Seat 9 trying to understand the metaphysics of baseball and whether the knuckleball defies Newton's first law of motion.
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