A historic Sunday at Coors Field
I’ve have never been so happy to be so wrong. The Rockies did it when a few weeks ago I thought they couldn’t. And whether it is a one-game playoff or the wild card, Colorado made the postseason. When the Rockies hit the 11-in-a-row mark, I got tickets for the season finale. I wanted to be there, to be part of something historic, and the Rockies delivered. So on Sunday, I watched the best baseball game of my life thus far. It wasn’t just the Rockies we were worried about, though, it was the Padres as well, and we had to check in on the Broncos game. It was complicated, and with seats above the right-field wall keeping us from seeing the out-of-town scoreboard, we had to use all means necessary to find out what was going on. I had a radio, switching back between the Rockies game hoping for Padres updates and the Broncos game, and also had help from text messaging from my brother and Jeff Caspersen. The guy in front of us was keeping an eye on San Diego on his phone and the two old ladies three rows down were also relaying radio reports. It was hard work, but with a strong team effort, we made it work. Then the Brewers broke loose. The manual scoreboard – which, with every change, was shown on the JumboTron – kept showing Milwaukee getting further and further away from the Padres, bringing the fans at Coors to their feet with each change. Early on, everything looked good. The Padres were losing, the Broncos were winning and the only problem was the Rockies weren’t scoring. I was terrified, sitting and watching the Rockies not score for five innings. Ubaldo Jimenez was unreal from the mound, and with every strike he pitched – which was a lot, as he struck out 10 – the crowd went wild. It was the best atmosphere Coors Field has ever seen. Then the Rockies’ offense came around, scoring three runs, and I am glad I am a writer because I have no voice left. Then came the final out – a dribbler to Manny Corpas, a quick toss to first and as Todd Helton leaped into the air, so did everyone at Coors Field. The last two weeks have been epic. With the best run in the history of the Rockies, Colorado won its last 13 of 14 and will live to see another day. Forget 1995, this is the best squad the Rockies have ever had. They should have a National League MVP in Matt Holliday and the NL Rookie of the Year in Troy Tulowitzki. The Rockies also have momentum and are the hottest team in baseball. No matter what happens, if they make it to the wild card or just extended their season one extra day, this is the start of something good. And for the first time in a long time, it is fun to be a baseball fan in Colorado again. At the moment, that’s much better than being a Bronco fan.Contact Joelle Milholm: 384-9124; firstname.lastname@example.org
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