ROCKIES FANS, JEREMY AFFELDT…THE NAME MUST RING A BELL…100 PLUS OUTINGS OUTTA’ THE BULLPEN WITH THE ROX…?
HE CAME HERE IN A TRADE DEADLINE DEAL FROM KANSAS CITY IN 2006…REMEMBER?
Yes, I remember I was on my way to the park when they traded me and I had to go to the park to get my bag because I had to catch a flight to try and be here by game time. So I was driving down and one of my teammates Scott Sullivan, be played with Cincinnati for a long time and he calls me and says, you just got traded to Colorado? I said yes, and he was like haha keep the ball down on the moon! And I was like well, thanks for the encouragement. I was kind of panicking. It was unbelievable, first batter was Prince Fielder and I threw him a curveball and he hit it right up there (pointing to right field stands) for a homer. First guy, I mean first impressions are everything. I remember fans just yelling, welcome to Colorado. So, I was kind of scared. I wasn’t really comfortable for the second half but then in 2007 I got a little but more comfortable.
WHEN JEREMY MADE A CAREER HIGH 75 APPEARANCES…AND HELPED THE ROCKIES TO THE FALL CLASSIC…STRIKING OUT 4 IN HIS 5 PLUS INNINGS OF THE WORK IN THE POST-SEASON!
Everyone always says, you have won a World Series that is so awesome! They always ask if the Giants are the best team that I have ever been on but you know that is such a difficult question to answer because you know the Rockies, it was such a different environment when I played here. When I played here, I walked into a situation where you know everyone had been playing together forever since the minor leagues, or they just had some good quality veterans around. It was a really good team atmosphere ya know, it was a family atmosphere. When we went on roadtrips it was like you had two options, you either went to sushi for dinner with one group of guys or you went to a steak dinner with the other half. There was two options, you chose. I had never really experience that, still really haven’t experienced that. You know the team I am on right now with the Giants is phenomenal and we are really really close but we are close in a different way than I was over here with the guys. I still see guys like Holliday and Fuentes, Fuentes and I still hunt all the time in the offseason together. It is just a team where you look at them and you just realize that you have something with them that you don’t have with a lot of other teams. I have a couple guys on this Giants team that I feel that way about but that Colorado team it was just like the whole team was like that. It was just so different from anything I had ever experience and up until the day that I retire it will probably be the greatest all around teams that I was ever apart of.
THIS YEAR, AFFELDT HAS THE LOWEST ERA OF THOSE IN THE TALENTED GIANTS BULLPEN.
LEFTIES ARE HITTING A BUCK FIFTY OFF OF HIM.
HE’S APPROACHING 600 GAMES PITCHED…AND HE FEELS BLESSED.
Ya last year I took my wife to dinner on the last game of the season and it was 10 full years in the big leagues, I didn’t know if I would get even 5. Let alone having an NLCS ring, a World Series Ring, I have all these things that I never thought I would be apart of. They aren’t the most important things to be but still. When I look back at my career I will be able to say that I have done it all. I am proud of the work that I put into it and the struggles that I have had have helped me become a better pitcher. I don’t wish it upon anybody but I had sometimes in Kansas City where I was about ready to quit but it was good for me.
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