Rocky Mountain Low

When world-class athletes are training for the Olympics, they will many times move their training facilities to high altitude in an effort for them to acclimate their lungs and heart to dealing with the thinner air. The thoughts are that if the body learns to function with less oxygen then when the athlete competes at sea level the abundance of air will give them an advantage.

Before I go any further I should probably clarify something. In no way am I suggesting that Mark Grace can be compared to a world-class Olympic athlete unless of course the Olympic event is marathon beer drinking, a skill that cost him a race earlier this season.

Just because Grace is more like Insane Screw than Usain Bolt doesn’t mean we should completely discount the training methods. Alternative training regimens may just be the edge that Gracie needs to break out of this 41 game losing streak.

The problem is, Chase Field is already the second highest venue in Major League Baseball so there are not a lot of training facilities we could send Grace to that would be much higher. But there is one and it could be the answer.

The altitude at Coors Field in Denver Colorado is over twice that of Chase Field. From my calculations twice the altitude means nearly half the air density. Multiply that by the number of doubles Grace hit while a player and divide that answer by the number of doubles Grace has to drink after every game that his Legend racer loses and we could see an increase in running efficiency equal to or greater than the winning percentage of the Diamondbacks over their 13-year existence.

I had this all figured out and I was even able to show my work but the guy sitting in front of me used the napkin to clean up his cell phone after he spilled beer on it when a foul ball came into our section so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

The point is that I think there is an opportunity for us to get Legend Grace some much needed training help. Because after watching him tonight as he ran out of gas halfway to the Rockies dugout and Matt Williams blew by him , Grace definitely needs some kind of change in his routine.

With three games remaining this season, Grace has moved his losing streak to 42 games. Even singer John Denver would have said this was definitely a Rocky Mountain Low.

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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