08/19/08 9:00 AM ET
Journal: Fowler, U.S. eyeing gold
Rockies prospect concerned, relieved about Nix's injury
By Dexter Fowler / Special to MLB.com
BEIJING -- Everybody's sending their best people and everybody's after us. That's the thing you noticed right away as we got into the thick of the preliminaries here at the Summer Olympics at the Wukesong Sports Complex.
We were 2-2 going into the rest day on Sunday, and that meant there were three games left. Then they cut down the field from eight to four for the semifinals. They will rank us by win-loss records, then head-to-head if it's a two-way tie for fourth and by run differential if they have to break a three-way tie.
I feel like we have some momentum. We could get a gold medal. After the Canada game, I felt like luck was on our side for a change. The Korea and Cuba games were tough breaks, and they could have gone either way at the end.
Just representing your country is probably the best part of it so far. It's awesome being around the Village. You're around all different countries. It's like a melting pot. I try to meet new people every day. James Blake, for example. He's a good guy. I got to meet him before he beat Roger Federer in their tennis match. You see the basketball players every once in a while. You see a lot of the tennis players and the big U.S. athletes.
Jayson Nix is not just my teammate back in the Rockies organization, but he's also my roommate here. What happened to him was definitely a shock for us. I was standing on first base when it happened, after the new extra-innings rule puts two runners on without any outs to start the 11th inning, and he was trying to bunt me over to get the inning going. Jayson squared to bunt and Pedro Luis Lazo's pitch went off his bat and hit him above the left eye. He's doing better. He's blessed, because we all know it could have been worse.
I try to keep up with what is going on back in the States. E.Y. is the only one I've talked to from the team, to see how the team has been doing. Mainly I've been focused on seven other countries. Like I said, they're after us. We're going to keep doing our best to win it.
Dexter Fowler is an outfield prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization and a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.