Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Garbage time. Every athlete fears it, for if you are playing during garbage time you are likely not high on your team’s depth chart. The only fans that hang around are your parents. Your friends will tell you they stayed, but they caught your at-bat while toasting your team’s large victory or washing away your embarrassing defeat at the local pub. So why is garbage time relevant to the Colorado Rockies? Flashing back to a weekend double header as a kid, we had just beaten our first opponent 16-0 and were feeling confident. Our ecstasy would be short lived as our second opponent proceeded to show us that their name, Warning Track Power, was not just a name, but the way they played. As we received a 16-0 beat down, I remember two things vividly. First, I was so glad I played first base;  having to watch our outfielders cover every blade of grass as they chased hit after hit made even me tired. Second, I’ll never forget watching one of my teammates, one many could consider a scrub, get his first at-bat of the season. He dribbled a ball back towards the mound, an easy play for any pitcher. Refusing to accept the easy out, he barreled down the line as if he had rocketed a ball to the gap in left-center. He was thrown out by a step, but on his way back to our dugout our coach praised his hustle. The next weekend came and he had found himself a spot as a starter. He’d go on to start every game that season. For the Colorado Rockies, September is garbage time. Aside from Michael Cuddyer who is vying for the NL Batting Crown, there isn’t much left for the Rockies to claim. Enter Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson. Blackmon and Dickerson are top prospects in the Rockies system. They have spent flickers of time playing for the Rockies, and have had opportunities to prove themselves. Dickerson created a buzz belting 32 homers for Single-A Asheville in 2011. Blackmon, the popular outfielder and top prospect who couldn’t find a spot to play with Cuddyer, Gonzalez, and Fowler covering Coors Field, has seen several call-ups over the past few years. Neither Dickerson nor Blackmon has been able to sure a spot on Colorado’s every day roster. For Blackmon and Dickerson, the Rox mid-season collapse has opened a door of opportunity. The Rox are now playing in games that mean nothing in the scheme of October. In essence, the Rox have three weeks worth of garbage time. With nagging injuries to Fowler and Gonzalez, Colorado should be shutting them down to heal and prepare for the 2014 season. Meanwhile, you provide Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson chances to play every day Major League Baseball. The majority of big league prospects need big league experience to measure their worth. For every Yasiel Puig, there are thousands of prospects who never pan out. Puig is also rare in the fact that in his first opportunity to shine, he succeeded. For the majority, the road to the Majors is long and arduous. Forged in failure and trips up and down the farm system, many never realize their dreams of playing every day for a Major League team. What Blackmon and Dickerson have is a unique opportunity. For the Rox it is a win-win opportunity. Let Blackmon and Dickerson get out there and play. Watch them adjust, watch them struggle, and see what they’ve got. It is hard to gauge a career in the big leagues based upon spotty series appearances. Give them three weeks of baseball to display their game. At worst, you realize what you don’t have and can start moving on in your farm system. At best, you find yourself a useful commodity either on your roster or on someone else’s. You increase your team’s value either directly or indirectly via the trade market. And if I’m Walt Weiss, I’m watching every one of my guys to see who still busts out of the box on routine grounders or chases down a foul ball into the first few rows of the stands. You know the ones who lead by example and not just saying the right thing in the clubhouse. Those who do will be the ones the team is built around in 2014.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

MLB could move Orioles’ home games to another city

Kyle Lowry isn't exactly endorsing coach Dwayne Casey

J.R. Smith suspended two games for hitting Jae Crowder

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Kevin Love not expected to be available next series


Titans have reportedly been 'all over' Marcus Mariota

Report: Browns talked with Redskins about trading up

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers in film room after blowout loss

Josh Hamilton officially traded back to Rangers

Report: Landing Adrian Peterson too costly for Cardinals

Report: Antonio Brown joins Steelers voluntary work outs

WATCH: Paul Pierce bangs glass at Capitals-Islanders Game 7

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

Report: Brady was at stadium day of White House visit

Arkansas has leather belt to commemorate Texas Bowl win

John Angelos, Orioles got it right with Freddie Gray protest

Belichick's girlfriend fine with coach checking out Teigen

V. Stiviano posts birthday message to 'BFF' Donald Sterling

Mark Cuban and the inevitable playoff peril of the Mavs

Wizards made Raptors look bad while remaking themselves

Previewing Game 7 showdown between Islanders and Capitals

WATCH: Rick Carlisle tapes mouth shut so he can't rip refs

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the quarterbacks

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

MLB could move Orioles’ home games

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Titans have been 'all over' Mariota?

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers after loss

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors fans

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Darko Milicic is enjoying life

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.