NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Greg Bird grew up watching baseball in the Colorado Rockies. The Albuquerque Isotopes first baseman even played Coors Field a few times during his high school years. Bird, a 2011 New York Yankees fifth-round pick, never knew he would be part of the Rockies’ organization.
âIt’s just good memories there, obviously childhood memories,â Bird said. âGrowing up, watching them go to the World Series in ’07, and then having the opportunity to play with some of these guys and learn from them, I’m just grateful.â
Bird signed a minor league contract with the Rockies with an invitation to spring training in February. With Isotopes, he’s off to a good start. Bird raced Monday night against the Sugar Land Skeeters. Prior to that, he had a two-point shot in what is the Isotopes’ only win of the season.
Bird is happy to be in good health. Injuries have been a part of his story, slowing his chances of staying in the big leagues. Despite the setbacks, Bird maintains a positive attitude. âI think anything and everything is a win,â said Bird. âIt’s a strange thing to say, but the amount I learned through them has been more beneficial to me and put me in a better position in my life than I would have been if it weren’t for it. was not produced.
In other sports news, Rachel Hathoot is Mountain West’s player of the week. Hathoot went six for eight in a series against San Jose State. She had three doubles, one homerun and five RBIs.
The University of New Mexico women’s golf earned a berth at the NCAA Columbus Regional on Tuesday, but there’s still a long way to go in trying to make the top-five. The Lobos are 15th. The University of Georgia has the team leader.
Meanwhile, Lori Mabrey, longtime Cibola girls’ basketball coach, has resigned. Mabry, speaking his words carefully, said it was not a retreat. She said if the right opportunity presented itself, she might choose to return to coaching. Mabry spent 16 years at Cibola and won around 320 matches.
MMA Fighting reports that Diego Sanchez of New Mexico has agreed in principle to enroll in the Brain Health of Professional Athletes Study, funded in part by the UFC. Sanchez was recently released from the organization.
Finally, former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has passed away at the age of 37.