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Purple Dinosaur Podcast
79 minutes | a year ago
Episode 171 | June 21, 2019: A Daunting Task
The PDP is back for another week and with a new hosting service that means you might be listening to us on Spotify or a whole bunch of other places! And if you are, we thank you for doing so. And if you're not, why are you reading this? That seems like a weird use of your time. Anywho, on this week's episode of the show, we discuss the Rockies latest (!) sweep of the D-backs which runs Colorado's winning streak over Arizona to eight (!!) straight games for the first time in franchise history (!!!). Now the task gets even tougher as the purple strong boys head to Los Angeles to tangle with the front-running Dodgers in what is, on June 21, their first visit to Los Angeles this year somehow. This week, we break down Trevor Story's injured thumb and Nolan Arenado's injured big toe (the captain of the toes) as well as the DFAs of Chris Rusin and Mike Dunn. Plus we take a host of #AskPDPs and break down a certain commercial that has Rockies Twitter all aflutter. If you like the PDP, give us a good ol' five-star rating on iTunes so we can combat the Padres and Braves fans who got mad at us on social media and took it out on our ratings! And if you don't like the PDP, go give a bad rating to one of them and not us. All that on this week's episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast! It's got that fence in the middle!
46 minutes | a year ago
Episode 170 | June 14, 2019: Home and Cookin'
With a Thursday night win over the Padres, your, my, and our Colorado Rockies have won 11 of their last 12 games at home and continue pushing themselves into second place in the National League West. A lot of stuff has been going right as of late. Charlie Blackmon is back to being Charlie Blackmon. Peter Lambert has been a terrific addition to the rotation -- albeit through just two starts. And it just never quite feels like the Rockies are out of a game at home, which is pretty dang fun. We'll take a look at some of what's propelled the Rockies to such a strong run at home as of late and how to keep it going. We'll discuss Colorado's suddenly strung bullpen and some of what has plagued the rotation in recent weeks. Plus, the weekly Kyle Freeland discussion is back after the lefty's second start with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. Hint: the numbers were ugly but the full scope may not be as ugly as it appears. Plus, what was the deal with that beanball war with the Cubs? That was dumb. We'll break it down. Kind of. Dunno, it was just kind of dumb. All that and more is here this week on the 170th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Put it on your elbow and hang out over the plate with it!
39 minutes | a year ago
Episode 169 | June 7, 2019: Episode 1Nice
The PDP returns for another week of Colorado Rockies baseball and hopefully will actually upload to your podcast feeds on time this week! Today, we're discussing a bunch of different things in a shorter period of time because Anthony had to go to work. But maybe that'll actually be good because we had to stay on topic rather than doing, you know, like a normal version of this show. Peter Lambert has arrived, and his big league debut was nothing short of masterful. The baby-faced assassin went seven terrific innings against the Cubs on Thursday, setting a new Rockies franchise record for strikeouts in a debut with nine. What can we expect from Lambert going forward? Where Lambert was starting at the site of Kyle Freeland's signature outing from 2018, Freeland could not have been farther away -- at least in baseball terms. Colorado's homegrown star was pitching Thursday night in Omaha for Triple-A Albuquerque and the results, at least numbers-wise, weren't that pretty. We'll break down why the numbers don't really matter right now in these rebuild outings for Freeland -- unless they start turning really good. Plus, the Rockies selected a million guys in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft this week. You may have been one of them! Studies show that over 87% of all Americans are taken at some point in the later rounds of the MLB Draft. We'll talk about the first three who came off the board under the CR logo and then really nobody beyond that because we're not that smart about them. All that and more is here with the latest episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Print it on a t-shirt and profit off someone else's ideas!
77 minutes | a year ago
Episode 168 | May 31, 2019: .500, Dead Or Alive!
With six wins in the first seven games of a 10-game homestand, your, my, and our Colorado Rockies are back over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 2-1 starting the season in Miami. And the way they've gotten there? It's not...entirely clear. The offense has been good! The pitching has been not so good! But sometimes the pitching has been good and the offense has been not so good! Whatever they're doing, it's working. Since starting 3-12 this season, the Rockies are 25-15, one of the best winning percentages in baseball over that span. There are a lot of good things to take away from the last several days of Rockies baseball, and we'll discuss them in such segments as our annual "Is Ian Desmond Finally Fixed?" segment along with "Ryan McMahon: Dreamy and Good" and "Tony Wolters, Mirage or Monster?" The Toronto Blue Jays and thiccccc Vladimir Guerrero Jr. arrive at Coors Field tonight. We'll talk about how Tulo was once a member of that team and apparently came back to Denver for an interleague series with the Blue Jays in 2016 that we completely forgot about. We'll also dive into your #AskPDP questions which include a discussion of how the Rockies were paying Mike Hampton until December of last year (!) and how Mike Hampton was evidently still in the big leagues as of 2010. There's actually way too much Mike Hampton discussion in here for a Colorado Rockies podcast in 2019. Just the #content you #crave.
75 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 167 | May 23, 2019: A Ham Sandwich Kind of Stretch
The Rockies have played pretty middle-of-the-road ball as of late. After starting the season nine games under the .500 mark through their first 15 games, they're five over ever since. Still, there isn't a lot going great at the moment, and there isn't a lot going terribly. On this week's episode of your favorite Colorado Rockies podcast, we discuss this strange road trip, the Rockies' recent struggles with heaps of strikeouts, and the possibility that they can finally make up some ground with a homestand coming against some of the weaker teams in the American League squads. Top prospect Brendan Rodgers has arrived at the big league level, but with the Rockies continuing to run a maybe-not-full-healthy Daniel Murphy out to first base and with Ryan McMahon in need of starts and at-bats, too, where can Rodgers get everyday work? Plus, we take your #AskPDP queries on everything from possible trade targets to what the coolest future renovations at Coors Field would be. All that and more is on this week's edition of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Jam it in your earholes!
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 166 | May 16, 2019: Brendan. Austin. Rodgers. He comin'.
We had already planned to record the 166th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast on Thursday morning, and then we went into CRAZY HYPER URGENT MODE when the news broke that top Rockies prospect Brendan Rodgers is reportedly headed to the big leagues on Friday. What does it all mean, Basil? We'll look at what Rodgers' brilliant start to the 2019 season with Triple-A Albuquerque means, how the Rockies can get him everyday playing time, and what the future looks like for the infield at large. Plus, the Rockies are coming out of one of the strangest two-game series we've seen in -- ever. We'll look back at the last two days in Boston, the bizarre 24-strikeout performance that still somehow turned into a win, and the fact that getting a split on the road is always the goal, and somehow the Rockies did that against the defending World Series champions. Plus, the Rox head to Philadelphia this weekend to take on the Fightin' Bryce Harpers. We'll take a look at Harper's recent struggles and what they might mean for the Phils going forward. All that and more is here on the 166th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Swing and miss with it! A lot!
52 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 165 | May 10, 2019: Beers, Baseball, Battlestar Galactica
On this week's edition of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast, Anthony and Tyler are in the same location where they are joined by Anthony's wife, Nicole, and Tyler's dog, Laika! Thanks to the folks at Chain Reaction Brewing Company, who unwittingly hosted this episode and provided no resources for it but still served us some delicious beverages for Episode 165. The Rockies are coming off an insane win over the San Francisco Giants in which they gave up 11 runs but still somehow came away victorious. We'll discuss Kyle Freeland's start and whether or not Rockies fans should be worries about where their hometown ace is at this point in the season. Plus, another division rival arrives this weekend for a three-game series at Coors Field. We'll run through the pitching matchups with the Padres and how this set stacks up for Colorado before hitting the road again. Also thrown in here, a discussion of what the worst lineup in Rockies history would look like which required way more thought and consideration than we anticipated. All that and more is here on the 165th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast! Order a couple extras. It's Friday!
72 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 164 | May 3, 2019: Coming Home Happy
Your, my, and our Colorado Rockies return from a seven-game road trip to open up a nine-game homestand this weekend at Coors Field, and they do so at 15-17 overall this year. Last year at this point? They were 17-15. So basically, what we're saying, is that 3-12 start to the year that had us all tearing our hair out and losing our minds has meant virtually nothing. It also means that they're trending in a terrific direction as they return home for this season-long homestand. The Rockies have won 12 of their last 17 games and arrive at Coors Field with 22 runs over their last 18 innings, finishing off their seven-game swing away from Denver with two straight wins over the Milwaukee Brewers. A lot of things are headed in the right direction for this team, including its continued hot bats and steady enough starting pitching. There are still points to discuss with some areas of concern. Though Ian Desmond has shown improvement in certain categories, his overall numbers are still quite bad. With Raimel Tapia's ascension, has Desmond been relegated to platoon status? Tyler Anderson has scuffled mightily this season. As he gets the ball to kick off this nine-game homestand, is he pitching for his job? Who could potentially fill his spot if the Rockies have to make a change in the rotation? Plus, we take your #AskPDP questions on everything from a sequel to the Toddfather commercial to the Mount Rushmore of Denver sports to when Brendan Rodgers might make the climb to Denver. All that and more is here with the 164th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Use it to dig the mud out of your spikes if you're pitching on a rainy day!
61 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 163 | April 26, 2019: Leveling the Ship (Arrrrrr)
Your favorite Colorado Rockies podcast is back for another week, and your favorite baseball team looks like a real baseball team again! After nabbing the series finale over the Nationals on Wednesday, the Rockies have now won eight of their last 10 games since a 3-12 start. Some of the reasons behind that include: a resurgent Nolan Arenado, Raimel Tapia discovering himself as an everyday player, and solid pitching that has been steady on its rough days and great on its best. We'll discuss all of those elements. Plus, does Tapia's emergence mean that Ian Desmond is finally being pushed into a platoon or reserve role? That seems unlikely given the team's steadfast dedication to getting him at-bats and playing time no matter, you know, the results. But the Rockies' young outfielder is crushing everything thrown his way lately -- just like he did at every stop in his minor league career -- and making himself a viable option to be a big league regular. We'll discuss the strangely tepid start to the season for most every team in baseball, as well, and what the Rockies' next month brings schedule-wise for a team that opened April nine games below .500 and could finish above .500 with a strong run to the end of the month. All that and more on this week's episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Free with your subscription to Sports Illustrated for Kids!
58 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 162 | April 8, 2019: A Glimmer of Hope
For the first time this season, we bring you an episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast with your, my, and our Colorado Rockies on a winning streak. After literally the worst start in franchise history, the Rockies have now won three games in a row and return home playing their best ball of the young season. Nolan Arenado is finally getting his bat going, belting homers over his last three games, and dudes like German Marquez are stepping up with huge performances. Better late than never, right? On this week's show, we'll dive into some of the positives of the last few games including Nolan's performances, Garrett Hampson and Raimel Tapia finding traction, and a decent early season showing from Tony Wolters both at the plate and behind it. We'll also discuss some of the things that are still a bit concerning with this Rockies club from Charlie Blackmon's struggles to Kyle Freeland's issues through his last three outings. Plus, a brief conversation about the new baseballs at Triple-A and how they're influencing numbers across the highest level of the minors. All that and more is on this week's episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast! Add it to your next tank of gas for cleaner engine performance!
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 161 | April 12, 2019: Everything Hurts, And We're Dying
It's probably no stretch to say that this is the worst start to a season in Colorado Rockies franchise history, and that's because of one thing: expectations. It's also cool that SCIENCE released the first pictures ever taken of a black hole this week because that's pretty much what the 2019 baseball season has felt like so far. FEAR NOT, loyal listener! Things will (maybe?) be fine (or they might not be, actually). We'll discuss some of the reasons the Rockies find themselves mired in a 3-10 start, what is to blame, how to cope with it, and -- most importantly -- some ways perhaps to get out of it. There are still some positive things to look at in the brutal beginning to this year, so we'll put a spotlight on those for a minute, but yeah, everything else feels pretty rough. We'd love to tell you that this is just a blip on the radar screen and all will be well, but the thing about baseball is that you never really know how anything is going to go. That's beautiful when things are going well. It's agonizing when they're not. Still, we'll suffer (and hopefully cheer) through it all with you. Plus we debut a new segment called "Let's Remember Some Rockies" this week, which we thoroughly enjoyed and hope you will, too. It's the 161st episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Pull it out of the Nintendo and blow in the cartridge and restart it for hopefully a better outcome!
74 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 160 | April 4, 2019: The Boys Are Back In Town (Guitar Riff)
Baseball returns to the Greatest Place on Earth (TM), Coors Field this weekend! That is the salve that cures all wounds which is good because the Rockies offense looked rather wounded the last week in Florida. It wasn't what you would call a great road trip through Miami and Tampa, but it also wasn't the abject disaster it felt like at one point. The Rockies will come home to Denver at 3-4 and get set to face the million-time reigning National League West-champion Los Angeles Dodgers. We'll discuss some of the things that seem to have plagued the Rockies' offense this past week from the injury to and absence of Daniel Murphy to young bats getting their first regular big league work to the fact that the Marlins and -- especially-- the Rays have some really damned good pitching. This week also brought the news of a contract extension for German Márquez, who has pitched quite well through his first two times out. We'll discuss that and break down some of the other items of note and concern and praise around Rockies pitching to begin the year. Plus a breakdown of Rockies Minor League affiliates' Opening Night rosters, a discussion on how annoying Bryce Harper's stupid bow is, and a debate on the merits of the extension economy currenly running through Major League Baseball. All that and more is here on the 160th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Happy (home) Opening Day!
84 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 159 | March 27, 2019: We Begin Again
Another season of baseball is upon us. The winds and cold of a winter past are behind us, and the green grass and blue skies of the summer await. At least until, like, mid-April when some annoying blizzard forces the Rockies to postpone a couple of games but whatever. The 2019 PDP Season Preview Episode is here! We'll break down the Rockies roster position-by-position and give our thoughts on how they stack up with the rest of the division and the National League. Plus, we got a raft of #AskPDP questions in for this week's edition. I mean...not a literal raft, that would be a weird way to submit questions. but we got a bunch of questions, and we'll dive in. It's the 159th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast! Get up early on Opening Day and dunk your donut in it!
54 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 158 | March 21, 2019: The Preview Show Preview Show
On this week's episode of your favorite Colorado Rockies podcast, we talk a whole lot of baseball-related things that aren't even the Colorado Rockies! Either we are sorry or you're welcome. This week's topics include Mike Trout's insane extension and a larger conversation about the changing economic realities of the game that have led to things like contract extensions for young stars such as Blake Snell, Alex Bregman, and Eloy Jimenez. What does that mean for the Rockies and teams like the Rockies? We'll examine. Plus, the Cactus League is nearly behind us! What do spring training stats mean, exactly? Well...not much. But there are still some things we can glean from them. We'll tell you what they are. The Rockies entered the 2019 spring without a whole lot of question marks on their roster. That feels like a massive change from (checks notes) every other season in franchise history. We'll discuss a couple of areas in which personnel moves will still need to be made. All that and more are on this week's episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Call Mike Trout and see if he'll pay you for a copy of it!
50 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 157 | February 26, 2019: Nolan Nolan Nolan Nolan Nolan Nolan Nolan Nolan
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69 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 156 | February 20, 2019: The Cautiously Optimistic Hour
Yes, Manny Machado is now a Padre. Yes, one or two or three National League West teams are still in on Bryce Harper. Despite it all, Anthony and Tyler are oddly upbeat in the latest episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. On this week's edition of the show, we dive into Machado's deal and what it could mean for Nolan Arenado's extension situation with the Rockies. Plus the Padres are obviously a better team today than they were last week, but does Machado's signing put San Diego near contention in 2019? What are the odds Harper ends up in the division and, depending on which team it's with, does that shift the balance of power? Ian Desmond is headed to center field as Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl will flank him in right and left respectively. Just how much does that help or diminish the Rockies' defensive prowess in the outfield? And remember when we were all flipped out for 24 hours after a tweet that suggested Mark Reynolds was going to get a look at second base? Phew! That was a close one. It's the 156th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast! Slather it on your skin if you're headed down to the Cactus League to protect against that Arizona Sun!
77 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 155 | January 16, 2019: So Daniel Murphy Happened
Less than a month remains until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, and YOUR Colorado Rockies have made one big (?) offseason move in signing noted controversy-free second baseman Daniel Murphy. In addition to not being a polarizing guy at all, he's going to be asked to play first base in Colorado, apparently, a position where he doesn't have aw hole ton of experience. So that's a thing that's gone on this offseason. We'll break down the Murphy signing in baseball and non-baseball terms and attempt to put into perspective what the last couple of offseasons in baseball say about the free agent market as a whole. Plus, the Rockies are headed for arbitration with Nolan Arenado. Is that a bad sign for his future with the organization or just the way this thing was probably headed all along. Finally, we field a bunch of #AskPDPs and try to imagine all kinds of dystopian futures where Adam Ottavino is a Yankee and Nolan is a Dodger and life is rendered meaningless. It's the 155th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Keep it under the tarp in your shopping cart for sustenance while traversing The Road!
46 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 154 | December 19, 2018: A Long December (And November And October)
You, the loyal PDP fan, have been clamoring for a new episode in recent weeks, so here we are. And it's great to be here to talk about...??????? The Rockies have done nothing but hire a hitting coach and acquire a couple of minor league catchers so far this offseason, so we'll attempt to make some lemonade out of those lemons. But really though, what is the plan for this offseason? Will Jeff Bridich finally decide he's ready to trade prospects for established big league talent to fill yawing chasms of productivity in his lineup? Or will he stick with his young guys and maybe -- wait for it -- actually give Bud Black the go-ahead to play them in 2019? They've gotta do something! Plus, what does the Rockies' reluctance to discuss dealing Brendan Rodgers say about Nolan Arenado's possible future in purple pinstripes? Plus Larry Walker's Hall of Fame candidacy is finally getting its moment in the spotlight. While Walker might not make it into the Hall this year, his support is skyrocketing. We'll take a look at what that means for his chances going forward. It's the 154th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Wrap it up and toss it under the tree to be underwhelmed with it come Christmas morn'!
48 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 153 | October 16, 2018: Smile Because It Happened Or Something
The 2018 Rockies season came to an end in disappointing fashion last week, and after taking some time to cool down, the PDP returns for its annual postmortem. We'll look back on the National League Division Series and try to dissect what went wrong against the Milwaukee Brewers. There isn't much left to discuss about the NLDS, though, so this episode is a forward-looking one. The 2018 Rockies season was a success. It didn't end the way any of us wanted, but there's no other way to look at it than another step in the right direction. Even with that, the Rockies have many pressing issues heading into the offseason. We'll look ahead at some of the biggest decisions that are coming over the next several months before another big season opens in Colorado. All that and more is here in the 153rd episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Weave it into a nice pair of socks for the cold winter ahead!
62 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 152 | October 7, 2018: Once More To The Brink
Welp, here we are again. Come Sunday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies will -- yet again -- be playing for their 2018 lives after dropping their first two games of the National League Division Series in Milwaukee. To get you set for Game 3 at Coors Field, we've got a fiery PDP. It'll start with us yelling to (and with...and at) you about some of the terrible takes regarding this Rockies offense. Colorado's bats have been nonexistent during the playoffs so far. Is that all Nolan Arenado's fault because he said in June that he wanted to play in big games and that's the one thing Denver sports radio has clung to from this season? No. Is it symptomatic of a mediocre offense with long-problematic fault lines that are being exposed on baseball's biggest stage? Yeah, that's probably more accurate. After we yell for a while, we attempt to get down to some facts and rational explanation as to why things could -- and should -- get better starting with Game 3. The Rockies won 36 of their final 50 games at Coors Field this year. They'll be throwing their two best pitchers in Games 3 and 4, and if they win Game 3, that includes their homegrown Denver native ace in Game 4 with a chance to even the series. If you're the Milwaukee Brewers, do you feel good about that matchup if you're unable to close this series out in three? We wouldn't. Finally, we give you some crazy predictions and try to laugh with you and get ourselves a little closer to yet another day watching baseball with our hearts in our stomachs and our stomachs in our throats and whatever else happens when you're watching what feels like the 1,000th elimination game in the last two weeks. It's the 152nd episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Let's do some more of these in 2018.
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