Infield pride running deep with Rockies
SAN DIEGO – From third baseman Ian Stewart’s throws from the seat of his pants, to Troy Tulowitzki’s strong-armed ballet act at short, to Clint Barmes’ lightning-quick relays at second, to Todd Helton’s magic mitt at first, the Rockies’ infield was superb during the four-game series against the Padres.
Which prompted this bold statement from Stewart: “I think we have the chance to have the best infield in baseball. I’m not knocking any other teams, because there are some other really good infields out there. But with the size of our infielders, and our athletic ability, we are able to get to balls and make a lot of tough plays.”
Helton, Stewart said, anchors the defense.
“I can’t imagine anybody better. I know that throwing to Todd, if you just get it in the general vicinity, he’s going to make the play,” Stewart said.
Manager Jim Tracy was happy to hear Stewart say that.
“Those guys pride themselves on playing that way every day. You would be hard-pressed to think of another infield defense that plays the game much better than these four guys. I’m not saying that there aren’t others that are comparable, but if there are, they are probably a pretty good baseball team.”
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