DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez nearly hit the new Coors Field Rooftop bar during the home opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks last Friday, but he doesn’t think anybody ever hit one that far.
“They gave me that target before the game during batting practice. Manager Walt (Weiss) told me I was going to be the first guy (hitting one) up there, so I was basically trying to … not really,” Gonzalez said jokingly.
CBS4’s Tom Helmer asked Gonzalez if anybody could one day hit a ball that far.
“No, I don’t think so. I don’t think (anybody) is going to reach that. Probably up in the seats, but I don’t think they can get it up there,” he said.
Gonzalez has put up huge numbers against Arizona over his career with the Rockies. The Diamondbacks originally signed him in 2002 but traded him away. But Gonzalez says there’s no animosity toward the team – for some reason he just plays well against them.
“Baseball is baseball. Every day I take the same intensity. A lot of people used to say that early in my career when I pound those guys and just put up a lot of great numbers,” Gonzalez said. “I think it’s just one of those teams, you just go out there and swing that bat and everything goes well.”
During the offseason it was thought that Gonzalez might play some center field, but so far he’s remained in left field. Cargo said he wasn’t training any differently in spring training for the move.
“I wasn’t training differently. I think my mental part – I was getting ready to play center field,” he said. “Mentally it’s a big challenge for whoever comes here to Coors Field to play center field because there’s big room you have to cover.”
Helmer asked Gonzalez that since Todd Helton, a leader on the team, retired, who has filled his role.
“Nobody is going to replace Todd, he was such a great player, a Hall of Fame caliber player. He did amazing things with this organization, but right now we have a lot of good players like Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer, (Troy) Tulowitzki … it’s going to be on us just staying together and making everybody feel comfortable.”
The last two years have been rough on the Rockies as they finished in last place in the division. Helmer asked Cargo why this year will be different.
“I think the feeling that you have in the clubhouse, you have a lot of good players, a lot of good teammates, new additions,” he said. “If you’re going to win a championship it takes more than just two guys. It takes every single player, and everybody is excited about this year. So why not get excited because everybody thinks this year is going to be special?”