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Klee: Rain, rain go away - at least from Coors Field

By: Paul Klee
May 22, 2014 Updated: May 23, 2014 at 2:03 am
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Storm clouds gather above Coors Field in the sixth inning of a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Denver. The game was suspended due to weather and will be replayed in September. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

DENVER — After 2 hours, 46 minutes in weather delays, Rockies manager Walt Weiss ambled over to the Giants dugout for a chat with counterpart Bruce Bochy.

Hey, at least the Giants and Rockies can agree on one thing: playing baseball under tornado warnings, lightning strikes and faucets of rain is no way to play baseball.

Rockies 2, Giants 2. There is tying in baseball.

Weather 1, Baseball 0. Mother Nature doesn't give a bat flip about baseball.

Thursday's rubber match between the NL West rivals was suspended after six innings, under conditions only a duck could love. With the tarp on the playing field longer than the players (who were out there for 2:09), here's what I thought about:

- The suspended game is to be continued on Sept. 1, when the Giants return to Denver. There are two outs in the sixth. Perhaps by then the Rockies can shine the bat signal over Coors Field, because Troy Tulowitzki is next up to bat.

- Under a tornado warning in the third inning, ballpark staff and media were moved into the cement walls of the Coors Field basement. If it sounds serious, it wasn't. Fans were released from the concourse and the press box reopened 10 minutes later.

- Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa was pulled after the first rain delay, an 82-minute hiatus. He was well on his way to the first no-hitter by a Rockies pitcher at Coors Field. OK, OK: "It was only the third inning," De La Rosa said in the clubhouse.

- This was a bummer of a finish to a series that was just heating up. First, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner smack-talked the Rockies dugout after being hit by a pitch. Then Giants color analyst Mike Krukow accused Tulo of stealing signs. Weiss called shenanigans with this jab at the allegations: "We have a light bulb on the scoreboard (that we flash). Keep an eye on Dinger. He's involved, too."

- The NL West rivals have 10 more matchups (plus those three innings on Sept. 1). Here's a hunch we see a dugout eruption at some point. The best way for the Rockies to really get under the skin of the Giants? Make that September series mean something.

- Is Nuggets coach Brian Shaw truly interested in the Knicks job? If so, here's why: Shaw and Phil Jackson are Ziplock-tight. Late last season, Shaw told me a story of how Jackson prepped their Lakers teams for the playoffs. The coach would give Shaw his American Express and say, "Show the guys a good time." The Lakers would hit the town, then win the series. They'd do it again before the next series.

"When we weren't playing, the guys were allowed to have a good time," Shaw said. "But when we were playing, guys were completely focused on the task at hand."

A man who trusts another man with his credit card certainly would trust him with his basketball team, right? I still expect Shaw will be the Nuggets coach in 2014-15.

- One thing to consider with Jurgen Klinsmann putting the chop on U.S. soccer mainstay Landon Donovan: What is the men's national team's identity? The U.S. isn't going to out-soccer its World Cup competition. To win big, it must outwork them. It must have a blue-collar identity. I tend to think a good coach knows his locker room. It appears Donovan didn't fit the team identity Klinsmann is trying to build.

- Basketball and soccer at the ballpark? Hey, the mind tends to wander during a 2-hour rain delay.

- On May 2 at Coors Field, I wrote a column in which Tulowitzki, a man who hides his emotions, said we won't see him smile until the Rockies are in playoff contention. Well, he smiled Thursday. He smiled like a Little Leaguer after his first home run.

Just before the Rockies left for a road trip that will take them away from home for the next 10 days, Tulo carried his 5-month-old son, Taz, and couldn't shake his smile. It was a touching father-son moment to remember.

Tulo's not stealing signs. He had his heart stolen by his baby boy.


Twitter: @Klee_Gazette

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