When you hear New York Yankees, what do you think of? Championships, Steinbrenner, Jeter? What about the St. Louis Cardinals? Overachievers, winners, consistent? What about the Colorado Rockies?
The Colorado Rockies have once again begun their annual descent to the bottom of the NL West. Plagued by injuries and the same problems as last year, and the year before that, and the before that one; it won’t be long ’til Tulo and the Toddlers as they have come to be known catch the Arizona Diamondbacks and rest like a sunken ship on the NL West floor.
To sit and analyze yet another Rockies downfall wouldn’t really take too long. A combination of injuries, poor, unreliable pitching from both the bullpen and the rotation who have given up the most runs in baseball by over 30 runs, and an offense that despite being second in baseball with 419 runs scored only manages to score 40% of those runs on the road.
Yes, we can sit and wonder where Jorge De La Rosa has gone? Why having Jhoulys Chacin on the DL might actually be better for the Rockies rotation at this point, or what is in the water at Coors Field that leads to all these injuries. Hell, I could write, and probably will before the trade deadline passes, why this deal or that deal may just be the one to revitalize my lovable losers.
But not today. No, today I am going to remind myself, and maybe a few other frustrated Colorado Rockies fans why being a Rox fan isn’t all that bad. Let’s start with the trip to Coors Field. Strolling down 20th and Blake on game night in Denver is one of the best places to be. You’ve got Swanky’s, Falling Rock Tap House, the Fado Irish Pub, and Hayter’s & Co. where you can grab a bite and a brew and get into the pregame spirit!
Once you’ve made your way into Coors Field, you quickly realize that you’d be hard pressed to find a more beautiful ballpark in all of baseball. While it may not have the traditions or legacy that Fenway Park or Wrigley Field have, it’s beauty and downtown setting are hard to beat.
Now seated, a Coors Light in hand, we get to see some of the best players in baseball. Troy Tulowitzki ranging to his right, stopping on a dime and gunning out the batter at first. Carlos Gonzalez depositing a 3-1 fastball on the porch in right field. Newcomer and fan favorite Charlie Blackmon strolling into the batter’s box to The Outfield’s Your Love, yeah it doesn’t get much better than that.
And while the Rockies may be down several runs by the fifth inning, we’re not worried. We’ve got another round of beers being passed down the line, and the rows above and below us have forged bonds rooted by their love-hate relationship for our Colorado Rockies. The sun has sunk behind the Rockies now, and the big lights shine down on Walt Weiss as he strolls to the mound to end another rough Juan Nicasio start. Looks like we’ll be leaning on our bullpen yet again.
By the time the bottom of the ninth comes around, those who have stayed to see the Rox try to rally from a large deficit have started planning their postgame activities. After all, the night is still young and once again the Rockies game failed to be the highlight of a Friday night. We watch as Tulo softly rolls over a slider, and grounds out to short to end the game.
Making our way out of Coors Field, we’ll holler and banter about how Richard Monfort continues to disappoint us. All the while knowing we’ll be back again tomorrow night to do it all over again.
Such is the life of a loyal Colorado Rockies fan. Basking in disappointment and failure, we continue to turn out and support the silver and purple. Maybe it’s the memories of 2007. Maybe it’s the camaraderie; after all, misery loves company. And yes, I know that on a Friday night it’s hard to beat the three B’s: beer, brats, and baseball. Whatever the reason, we don’t ask for your pity. Because by now, there are fewer fan bases in baseball that have learned to make the best of losing like we have.