DENVER – For all of the fascinating aspects of a Colorado Rockies team, with historically-high expectations and a remarkably unusual start to the 2018 campaign, the most famous—or infamous—moments from this season have been the high-profile hit batsmen.

Emotions boiled over in their series finale with the San Diego Padres, who are back in town, when Luis Perdomo threw one behind Nolan Arenado and a brawl ensued. Emotions boiled to the surface (but not over) in another series finale against the Chicago Cubs when both Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo were beaned.

This has led to a series of questions about whether or not any of this has been intentional and even if the nature of some of these beanballs could lead to a reputation for the Rockies that could, or should, lead to retribution.

I tend to doubt a “bad boys” moniker can truly percolate around a mostly mild-mannered group of individuals who have been uncharacteristically involved in their fair share of heated moments. Also, understanding that the health of those who play the game should always be priority number one, it’s clear when taken in context that none of the individual HBPs were on purpose, but rather as the result of some wildness from a young staff.

So I asked manager Bud Black about what his pitchers, who have already had trouble gaining a rhythm in the early going, can do to ignore all the noise and stick to their gameplan.

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Drew Creasman
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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition. Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization. A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts. Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella. One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party. The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.