Catching up on slightly old news...
The Up in the Rockies blog at Most Valuable Network has some not so nice things to say about Cub fans, who had the audacity to show up at Coors Field for last weekend's four-game series and bloat the home team's attendance numbers to positively un-Rockies-like proportions.
Before the Cubs hit town last Thursday, the Rockies--currently 18th in the Major Leagues in average home attendance--were drawing 28,017 fans per game. The Cubs/Rox series drew a whopping 169,291 fans, an average of 42,323 for each of the four games. That means the gate was up 14,306 per game. At an average ticket price of $15, the Rockies raked in an extra $214,590 per game; an additional $858,360 for the four-game series NOT INCLUDING parking and concessions.
Up in the Rockies may indeed feel that "the farther you get from Chicago, the more obnoxious Cub fans get," but as the author of the Cub fan-hating post himself acknowledged, Rockies management surely didn't mind the revenue injection.
Tuesday's roster moves (and there seem to be a few every couple days, don't there?): Paul Sullivan is reporting that the Cubs will have lefty Carmen Pignatiello and righthanded-hitting Jake Fox, who was up with the big club a few weeks ago, in uniform for tonight's game with the Reds. Opposing batters are hitting just .193 against Pignatiello this season; Fox is hitting .290 with a .336/.526/862 line and mashed 3 HRs in a game on Saturday.
No definitive word on who is being sent out to make room for the newcomers from Iowa, but Sullivan theorizes it will be seldom-used Eric Patterson and pitcher Sean Gallagher. Sullivan also points out that with the Reds planning to throw two southpaws against the Cubs this week (Phil Dumatrait and Bobby Livingston), Fox's bat could come in handy, just as Pignatiello might be of use against Cincy's Ken Griffey, Jr. and Adam Dunn.