by Ralph Routon
For anyone who cares the slightest about Major League Baseball, nothing beats the excitement of Opening Day, which in this case means the first home game of the new season.
That means today for the Colorado Rockies, hosting San Diego at 2 p.m. at Coors Field, with FOX Sports Rocky Mountain providing the live telecast. Or you can listen to the Rockies radio broadcast, with Jack Corrigan joined by new partner Jerry Schemmel (the former Denver Nuggets play-by-play man) in the booth, locally on AM-1300 The Sports Animal but also on KOA-AM (850).
Meanwhile, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox are off to a positive start, with a 2-0 shutout victory Thursday night at Tacoma in their opener. Venezuelan prospect Jhoulys Chacin, just 22 years old and the Rockies' most promising young pitcher, threw five innings of one-hit ball, followed by four relievers throwing a spotless inning each. The Sky Sox play their first eight games on the road before their home opener next Friday, April 16, at 6:05 p.m. against Las Vegas.
As for the Rockies, after a 1-2 start this week at Milwaukee that exposed some of Colorado's concerns and shortcomings, Jorge De La Rosa will start on the mound today, followed by Ubaldo Jimenez on Saturday as No. 5 starter Jason Hammel misses a turn because of the early off day. But the Rockies also have to be hoping their offense wakes up, after they hit only 4-for-30 with runners in scoring position for the three games at Milwaukee.