Is Faith an Issue for the Rockies?

October 2009

Torrealba, YorvitColorado Rockies fans can be excused for chewed-up finger nails after yesterday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 5-4 Rockies win ties the best-of-five series at a game apiece, heading into a chilly Coors Field for Saturday's game. The Denver Post notes the differences between games one and two, with the Rockies being more patient at the plate yesterday and taking advantage of pitches they could hit. Some highlights: Rockies outfielder and emerging star Carlos Gonzales led off the game with a single and ended up scoring later in the inning. In the fourth inning, Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba (pictured) crushed a two-run homerun into the left-field seats (via Purple Row). Center fielder Dexter Fowler brought a run in with a sacrifice fly later in the game, and then outfielder Ryan Spilborghs hit a double to push the lead to 5-3. The Phillies bounced back to within one run, but Rockies closer Huston Street won the game in the bottom of the ninth. Maybe the Rockies have God on their side?

No, seriously. Jason Salzman of BigMedia.org writes that questions linger about whether the team seeks out players of Christian faith---and if they discriminate against those who don't believe. He references a 2006 USA Today profile revealing that the majority of the team, from the owners on down, was more likely to be found reading the Bible than Maxim. Later, it was discovered that the team uses a 14-point character test for prospective players, and one of the tests is on faith. Salzman believes the media that are swarming the Rockies right now should be probing the issue more forcefully. But do we really care whether it's God or smarter play that's helping the Rockies win? After all, they now have a chance to win the series at home.

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