Rockies pitcher’s longshot dreams finally come true |

Rockies pitcher’s longshot dreams finally come true

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post
Colorado reliever Matt Daley pitched the ninth inning in a loss to the Pirates. The Colorado Rockies lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 at Coors Field Tuesday night, August 11, 2009. Karl Gehring/The Denver Post

MIAMI – Every now and then, baseball shows a sentimental side. It takes a hardworking kid who dared to dream and throws him into a black-and-white fairy tale.

It’s usually for a game or two, then he’s tossed back into the mulcher, given a cool memory but no happy ending.

Then there’s Matt Daley.

He has emerged as an extra from central casting this season to write an entirely different script. From Bucknell Bison to the Rockies’ bullpen? It makes sense to those who know him.

“Matt wanted to be in pro ball, and was going to do everything he could to make that happen,” his father, John Daley, said. “It’s been an absolute joy for our family to be along for the ride.”

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