For­mer Rock­ies pitcher Josh Fogg

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Josh Fogg will for­ever have a place in Rock­ies lore as “the Dragon Slayer,” a nick­name be­stowed upon him by Matt Hol­l­i­day dur­ing the club’s 2007 World Se­ries run for the way the right-han­der rou­tinely out­pitched op­pos­ing aces down the stretch.

And while “Rock­to­ber” was cer­tainly the high­light of his three-year stay in Denver, the 41-year-old also looks back on his first sea­son with the team, 2006, with a cer­tain nos­tal­gia.

“I had signed as a free agent from Pitts­burgh, and when I got to spring train­ing and was meet­ing the guys, that sea­son you could see some­thing build­ing, that there was a great core group of guys who en­joyed go­ing on the field ev­ery day and com­pet­ing,” Fogg said. “That mo­men­tum then filled in to 2007, where we got a lit­tle bit bet­ter and we got hot at the right time.”

Fogg now re­sides in Tampa, Fla., where he stayed dur­ing the off­sea­son dur­ing his play­ing ca­reer, and keeps busy as a fa­ther to an 11-year-old son and a 7-year-old daugh­ter who he said are the best parts about re­tire­ment.

“My son was 3 when I got done, so I kind of missed the be­gin­ning parts of his life be­ing on the road and gone eight months out of the year,” Fogg said. “My daugh­ter had just been born that Septem­ber be­fore I got done play­ing, so get­ting to see her in those baby years — and a lot of the stuff I missed with my son — was amaz­ing.”

Also amaz­ing? Colorado’s rotation this sea­son, a staff he calls “eas­ily the best in club his­tory, if those pitch­ers can keep it up,” as Fogg noted he’s be­come a fan of Kyle Free­land & Co. from afar.

“Free­land goes out there, he’s not afraid to throw strikes and he’s not afraid to chal­lenge hit­ters,” Fogg said. “It’s elec­tric stuff at times, but even so, peo­ple with elec­tric stuff have got­ten beat up plenty at Coors Field. His big­gest thing is he’s not afraid to get hit ev­ery now and again, and he’ll get the next guy out. That’s the kind of at­ti­tude you have to have at Coors Field.”

Denver Post file

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