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!