Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Giants-Rockies Humidor Saga


Over at Y! Sports Big League Stew blog they are going over their favorite stories of the year and there is one that involves the Giants calling out the Rockies questionable humidor chain of command.

The Rockies are known for the late season surges and crazy from behind victories and this caused some with the Giants (most noticeably Jon Miller) to wonder aloud if the Rockies were introducing juiced balls when the team needed to score some runs.
For those not completely familiar with the situation, the seeds were planted back on Aug. 24, 2009. On that evening, Colorado overcame a three-run deficit in the 14th inning — capped by an opposite field Ryan Spilborghs grand slam -- to defeat San Francisco 6-4. That loss proved to be a back breaker for Bruce Bochy's squad, while Colorado used the win as a springboard to their second wild-card berth in three seasons.
Fast forward to July 3, 2010, when the Rockies mounted another comeback against San Francisco. This time they trailed Barry Zito 7-1 in the early innings. They eventually took the lead, taking starter Ubaldo Jimenez off the hook, before dropping an 11-8 decision.
Three days later, Colorado rallied for nine runs in the ninth inning to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals. The following day, Giants broadcaster Jon Miller made an appearance on KNBR radio. During the interview, Miller suggested the Rockies could be dropping non-humidor stored baseballs into the rotation when their offense needed a boost, and encouraged the league to look into the procedure.
The stink made by the Giants caused the Rockies to change the way that the balls are stored during the game and now will be overseen by an official from MLB instead of being watched over by just the Rockies themselves.

Tim Lincecum thought that he was getting a non-humidor ball and let it be known in typical Lincecum fashion.

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Nothing was proven but the collapse after the Giants brought it up does make one wonder if there was some truth to the juiced ball theory.

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