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Rockies’ Jose Iglesias pays tribute to his father with a hit and tears – The Denver Post

When Rockies shortstop Jose Iglesias entered the batting box in the second inning at Coors Field Friday afternoon, he had 3,331 career at-bats and 923 hits.

One more hit would usually not matter. But when he hit an RBI single to cross Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler to tag Connor Joe, Iglesias’ tears started to flow.

“I lost my dad a few weeks ago and that was the first success he couldn’t see,” said Iglesias, who is entering his 11th major league season. “It was for him. It was a very emotional moment for him. He’s a big part of my life and my career.

Iglesias said his Cuban-born father, Candelario, always dreamed of his son playing at the majors.

“He watched me play for 10 years, so I’m very lucky,” he said. “He’s in a better place now. I am who I am thanks to him.

The shortstop hadn’t expected his emotions to overwhelm him.

“I didn’t expect it at all,” he said. “As soon as I hit that ball, the first thing that came to mind was my dad. He watched every game.”

Iglesias’ father worked in a factory in Cuba, raising a large family.

“He worked hard but he didn’t make any money,” Iglesias said. “He was making $10 a month. But he never gave up, and no matter how tired he was, he always took me to the (baseball) field.

Lawrence loves performance. Right-hander Justin Lawrence was sent to Triple-A on April 2, but a COVID-induced roster change brought the young sidearmer back to the major league roster on Wednesday.

Lawrence took the opportunity on opening day with a strong impression on his season debut.

He threw a clear eighth and ninth, knocking out all six Dodgers he faced, including two strikeouts. His stability gave the Rockies a chance to recover in the 5-3 loss.

“The emotions came from being able to be part of that opening day, my first opening day, and having my family there in the stands,” Lawrence said. “The baseball side was just doing what I know how to do – stay balanced, stay comfortable and run pitches to give the team the best chance to get back there in the end.”

Lawrence can still hit in the upper 90s with his fastball, but mostly threw off-speed Friday (11 sliders on nine fastballs) to unbalance the Dodgers. The 27-year-old is looking to bounce back in 2022 from the 8.64 ERA he posted in 19 games last year.

Child from Colorado. Regis Jesuit graduate Ty Blach, who has been with the club as a longtime reliever and starter, said he was “beyond thrilled” to be on the Rockies’ opening day roster.

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