The Rockies have made it to the Postseason for the first time since 2009, and it feels great. It doesn’t matter that it might only be for one game. As a fan of this consistently downtrodden franchise, this is all we ask for. Just give us a chance. Something to hope for. You can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.
If you’ve been rooting for the Rockies long enough, you’ve felt my pain. Rockies fans are some of the heartiest fans in baseball, with the least to show for it. We sit through freezing rain (and sometimes snow) storms in the spring, and blistering heat in the dog-days of August. More often than not, we’re watching a product on the field that doesn’t deliver. We’re usually at Coors Field to just soak up the atmosphere more than anything. We have a fantastic ballpark in the heart of one of the great cities in the west. For those of us who are more concerned with what plays out on the field, we’ve been through a lot of disappointment with little hope for the future.
Sure we’ve seen a lot of lows since 2009. Failed signings, failed managers, failed trades, and blown saves. We’ve watched our heroes like Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler ride off to don the jerseys of other teams. But we’ve also been treated with getting to watch Nolan Arenado dazzle like no other at the hot corner or Chuck Nasty slam into the center field wall to rob a triple.
For me the highlight of the year was on June 18th, when Nolan Arenado hit a walk-off home run to complete the cycle. Something I’ve never seen done before. The energy and excitement at that moment was just so thick we had to “brush it away from our faces”. At that moment, I think a lot of us knew something special was happening this year. Arenado summed it up best just moments after he crossed the plate, “It’s a fun time to be in Denver right now!”, as blood streamed down the side of his face. That’s what it’s like to be Rockies fan right now. We may still be bleeding from what just happened, but we don’t care, we’re having fun and we’re in the playoffs! Now let’s take care of business in Arizona, and keep this ride going!