Don't worry, Rockies fans: It was just a Wacky Wednesday

Most commentators discussing the Philadelphia Phillies' 5-1 dismantling of the Colorado Rockies yesterday came to the conclusion that the P-men simply outclass the Rocks on every level -- an easy conclusion to draw if you suffered through the last five innings. But amid the destruction, there was reason for hope, and not just because Troy Tulowitzki knocked in a last-minute run to prevent Cliff Lee from registering a complete-game shutout. Nearly every member of the Rockies who played well down the stretch was subpar yesterday -- poor batting, poor fielding, poor everything -- with the exception of pitcher Franklin Morales, who actually looked good, in contrast to recent performances so miserable we urged Jim Tracy to sit him. As I watched him, I realized: It was a "wacky Wednesday."

As lovers of great literature know, Wacky Wednesday is a Dr. Seuss book in which, for the length of one wacky day, opposites abound: birds chase cats, shoes fly, and Franklin Morales is the most consistent performer on the Colorado Rockies.

Okay, that last part isn't in there -- but you get the point. With Aaron Cook on the mound today for the Rockies, the world should right itself after yesterday's wackiness. If you need reassurance, call the Dr.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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