DENVER -- Rockies relief pitcher Josh Roenicke has plenty of chances to show his father how well he is doing.Gary Roenicke, a former big league outfielder, is a Major League professional scout, now with the Brewers and before that with the Orioles. Gary lives in the Los Angeles area, so that means plenty of Rockies games for him. It also means it's a good idea for Josh Roenicke to begin syncing his good performances with the times that dad is in the stadium. "Usually when he comes to see me, I don't have a good game," Roenicke said with a laugh. "He said, 'Dude, is there something different when I'm there?' I think it was just coincidence. He's been to a few when I've thrown well, so hopefully I can turn that around." For Gary Roenicke, it's Father's Day any time he is in the park when Josh is pitching -- that is, if Father's Day is supposed to bring stress and worry. "No. 1, I'm very proud of what he's doing, and honored that I'm his father and he's getting that opportunity, even though it's nerve wracking on me," he said. "You want your kid to do well. So it's good that the last couple of times I've watched him, he's played well. He pitched very well in San Diego [three scoreless innings], and in Los Angeles, the only run off him was a squeeze bunt. "His mother [Debby Roenicke] is much more relaxed than I am."
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