PHILADELPHIA -- Rockies rookie Matt McBride grew up a Phillies fans and had opportunities to play in their stadiums -- old Veterans Stadium in high school tournaments and Citizens Bank Park while in college at Lehigh. But none equaled the thrill he was looking to experience on Saturday night.
McBride, 27, who came from Cleveland as part of the deal for pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, was in the lineup at first base for Saturday night's game against the Phillies.
Having grown up with Phillies fans has its advantages. McBride wasn't forced to hunt down tickets for large numbers of friends and family. Of course, rain delayed Saturday's game and threatened to force a Sunday doubleheader.
"A lot of my friends already had bought tickets," McBride said. "They were like, 'We already have tickets down the left-field line.' That helps me out a lot. They were probably like, 'I'll help him out and get some on my own. It would be unfair to him and his family'"
McBride was 4-for-25 in his first 11 Major League games. But at Triple-A Colorado Springs, McBride hit .344 with 10 home runs and 87 RBIs in 108 games. The versatile McBride plays first base, outfield and catcher.
"The year that he had in Triple-A is noteworthy and that is why he is on his second tour of duty with us at the big league level," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "With where he was at in Spring Training, and the progress that he has made this year, it's actually off the charts with what he's done offensively. We still haven't ruled out the possibility of this young man being able to catch a little bit. He plays some first base, he plays some outfield, and his bat is very intriguing."