Rockies cancel workout on Tuesday
Club arrives late in Philadelphia after Wild Card clincher
PHILADELPHIA -- The Rockies' late-night victory and early-morning travel didn't put a damper on manager Clint Hurdle's rhetoric at Tuesday's off-day media conference.
"We are not all giggly because we got here now and it's all said and done," said Hurdle. "These opportunities don't present themselves all the time. We don't want to have a knock-on-the-door mentality. We want to kick the door in and keep moving forward."
Hurdle's Rockies take on the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday after skipping the traditional Tuesday workout. Hurdle called off the practice because his club arrived in Philadelphia at 8:30 a.m. ET after its exhilarating 13-inning sudden-death victory over San Diego in Denver.
"Our guys will catch a nice breather," he said. "We got in very early this morning. Our team has been challenged numerous times throughout the season, whether it be from an energy standpoint. I don't have any doubt they are going to show up very well. They are looking forward to this opportunity. They have embraced this last month to go through."
Hurdle was accompanied at the conference by Game 1 starting pitcher Jeff Francis and general manager Dan O'Dowd.
Hurdle said he expected MVP candidate Matt Holliday to be in the starting lineup. Holliday was shaken and dazed after scoring the game-winning run with a headfirst slide tagging from third base on Jamey Carroll's sacrifice fly.
"He's resting comfortably," Hurdle said. "I don't anticipate anything. He was on the plane. I spoke with him last night. He's got a nice medal of honor on his chin that he'll be sporting the next couple of weeks."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.