Friday, January 9, 2009

Marquis and Hirsh and Some Guys Who Go to Church

Ah, the variation of the old "Spahn and Sain and Pray for Rain" chant. But it is entirely possible- the Colorado Rockies, known just a few years ago as the Christian baseball team, will have a rotation next year that is 40% kosher following the acquisition of Jason Marquis from the Chicago Cubs, and the hopeful return to health by Jason Hirsh.

As a Mets fan, I was hoping the rumored deals sending Marquis home (he is a Staten Island native) would replenish the Semitic stock in Queens, with Scott Schoeneweis off to Arizona. Alas, it is not to be.

But the Rockies can easily become a favorite team for Jews, especially should Jason Hirsh regain form. Hirsh not only has the chance to become a tremendous pitcher, he is also the tallest pitcher in Jewish history, at 6'8".

Other things to watch for: Jason Marquis is a terrific hitter. What will the .206 hitter do in Coors Field? He hit 2 home runs last year-will 5 home runs be possible? Mike Hampton hit 7 in his first season in Colorado.

Most promising will be, of course, if both Marquis and Hirsh become the 1-2 punch for the Rockies. Here are some themed nicknames, to get the ball rolling ahead of time:

Yom Kippur for Hitters
The Mordecai and Esther of Denver
No Ham or Hits
The Two Answers
The Festival of Lights-Out

Feel free to add your own to the mix!

4 comments:

Josh Borenstein said...

LOL, The Festival of Lights-Out would be a great nickname.

birtelcom said...

Just a note pointing out that Jewish former major leaguer Dave Roberts, 4th in MLB career wins by a Jewish pitcher, passed away this week.

Mike said...

A la John Denver: "Rocky Mountain Zwie." Personally, I like "No Ham nor Hits," though neither is probably accurate....

Ellie said...

which one would be Esther?