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A Rocktober to Remember

Monday, October 29, 2007 3:37 PM

A Rocktober to Remember

Last night, we watched the Boston Red Sox complete their sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series at Coors Field.  It was certainly a frustrating series as the great pitching and timely hitting that had characterized the Rockies over the 2nd half of the season completely deserted them.  Aaron Cook started for the Rockies for the first time in almost 3 months and pitched great.  Unfortunately it seemed like he was the only one who came to play as he even recorded the Rockies' first hit in the 3rd inning.  As the Red Sox' 1-0 lead stretched further into the game, it just seemed like a chasm with the way our hitters were swinging the bat.  The Rockies made one last charge in the 8th and 9th innings, but fell short in a game that was a microcosm of the whole season.  The disappointment of watching the Red Sox celebrate on our field can't be overstated, but the Coors Field faithful serenaded the Rockies with chants of "Rockies, Rockies, Rockies" as the Red Sox celebrated. 

While the season came to an anticlimactic end, this Rockies season is one I will never forget.  From being 9 games below .500 in May, this team charged all the way back to the playoffs.  I will never forget Todd Helton's walk off home run against Saito in August.  I will never forget the magical run of 21 wins in 22 games to get this far.  I will never forget scoreboard watching at Coors Field on the final day of the regular season, hoping for a tiebreaker.  I will never forget the best baseball game I've ever witnessed in the 13 inning tiebreaker marathon against San Diego.  I will never forget watching Matt Holliday dive into home plate to clinch the first Rockies playoff appearance since 1995, beginning a great month of Rocktober.  I will never forget watching the Rockies clinch the NLDS against Philadelphia and Todd Helton dancing across the field.  I will never forget watching the Rockies win the pennant.  I will never forget Todd Helton's arms raised in joy and Eric Byrnes lying flat on his face as the Rockies trampled the Diamonbacks to earn their first trip to the World Series.  And I will never forget attending the first World Series games ever held in Colorado.

Thank you Rockies for a magical season.  This year has truly been one that will never be forgotten.  Rocktober 2007 will truly be remembered forever.

For the last time in 2007: Go Rockies!

 
By: Shane
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The World Series Comes to Colorado

Sunday, October 28, 2007 1:42 PM

The Rockies take the field in the first World Series game ever held in Colorado

The World Series came to Colorado last night for the first time ever.  Unfortunately it seems destined to leave as quickly as it arrived.  The Rockies lost Game 3 last night 10-5 to fall into a 3-0 hole.  Coors Field was buzzing to start the first World Series game ever held in Denver, but the Red Sox quickly took the buzz out with a 6 run third inning.  The Rockies rallied in the 6th and 7th to cut the lead to 6-5 and the buzz built again.  But Brian Fuentes reverted to "Bad Brian" and gave up 3 more runs in the 8th, essentially sealing the deal.  The Red Sox added another run in the 9th and the Rockies went down in defeat again.

It was truly an incredible experience to be at the World Series in Coors Field.  The National Anthem was sung by Carrie Underwood, and she did one of the best jobs that I've heard by a major star in a long time.  Phillip Bailey sung God Bless America in the 7th as well.

Tonight we head back to Coors Field for Game 4, hoping to avoid a sweep.  I really don't want to have to watch the Red Sox celebrate in Denver. 

Go Rockies!!!

 
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believeRs!

Friday, October 26, 2007 11:25 AM

believeRs!

So the World Series is coming back to Denver in the worst case scenario?  We set the record for the worst margin of defeat ever in losing Game 1 13-1.  Game 2 was much better, only losing 2-1, but we still left the bats at home and Matt Holliday took his stupid pill in the 8th.  Now is not the time to turn back into the Rockies of old.  We need to hold serve at Coors and get this series back to Boston.  To quote a sign that we saw a number of times in Coors Field over the last month or so, "It Could Happen!"  Game 3 is at 6:30pm tomorrow, and Andrea and I will be there. 

Go Rockies!!!

 
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We Have Tickets!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 9:03 AM

World Series Tickets!

We got our tickets for the 2007 World Series games at Coors Field this morning!  We're going to the World Series!!! 

Go Rockies!!!

 
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Bring on the Sox!

Monday, October 22, 2007 3:45 PM

2007 World Series - Colorado Rockies vs. Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox completed their comeback against the Cleveland Indians last night, winning Game 7 of the ALCS 11-2 to set up a Colorado - Boston World Series.  While the Red Sox have already been installed as prohibitive favorites by every talking head, the Rockies did take 2 of 3 in Boston earlier this year.  In the series in June, the Rockies outscored the Red Sox 20-5 over the 3 games, beating Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling while losing to Tim Wakefield.  Game 1 of the World Series is in Boston at 6 pm Wednesday night.  The first ever World Series game in Denver is Game 3 at 6 pm on Saturday, October 27 and Andrea and I should be there.

On a related note, the Rockies put the World Series tickets up for sale today at 10 am in a first come, first serve fashion at coloradorockies.com.  To the surprise of no one but the Rockies and their ticketing provider, Paciolan, the website immediately melted down.  While Paciolan says they don't know what happened, any computer professional can clearly state exactly what happened.  The number of people attempting to access the site clearly exceeded the capability of their load balancer and back-end servers, resulting in the equivalent of a distributed denial of service attack.  The servers were so overwhelmed with connection requests that they failed to respond to any of them.  The Rockies stated that there were approximately 8.5 million hits on the site between 10 and 11 am this morning.  While the number sounds large, the systems I work on at Visa deal with approximately 4 times that number of requests on peak days like the day after Christmas and don't skip a beat.  In the process the Rockies managed to sell less than 500 of the 18,000 available tickets and the crush brought down Paciolan's entire North American network.

Paciolan and the Rockies swore that they had the resources to handle the World Series ticket load.  They clearly didn't.  They even had load problems with the season ticket holder presale on Sunday afternoon, and that was only open to the 8000 or so season ticket holders.  This was an easily predictable and preventable problem.  We're just fortunate that we got our tickets at the presale yesterday.

It's unfortunate that the Rockies managed to squander so much community goodwill with this fiasco.  Hopefully their announcement at 5 pm about resuming ticket sales will help restore some of the faith in the Rockies organization and get the seats of Coors Field filled with purple this weekend.  The World Series, yes, the WORLD SERIES, still starts on Wednesday!

Go Rockies!!!

 
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Euphoria!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 3:16 PM

2007 National League Champions!

Here, 14 hours after we watched the Rockies clinch their first NL Pennant at Coors Field, I find myself in a state of complete euphoria.  The crowd last night was absolutely electric.  We even got the GO! (pause) ROCKIES! chant going back and forth across the stadium multiple times.  I haven't heard that cheer at a Rockies game since 1996.

The game was just incredible.  Franklin Morales pitched well to start the game.  Morales even picked off Chris Young after his leadoff single in the first inning.  Through 4, Morales had given up just 1 run on 4 hits.  Even after Arizona scored in the 3rd, there was still a quiet confidence in the crowd.  There was no way we were going to lose last night.

Even though Morales was pitching well, Clint Hurdle lifted him for pinch hitter Seth Smith with runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs in the bottom of the 4th.  I thought it was a little early for that move but boy did it ever work.  Smith hit a seeing eye bloop down the left field line that landed right between 3 Diamondbacks for a 2 run double and the Rockies took a lead they would never relenquish.  Willy Taveras reached when Connor Jackson booted an easy ground ball.  Kaz Matsui singled home another run and then NLCS MVP Matt Holliday hit a 452 foot shot to dead center field to put the Rockies up 6-1 and Coors Field was roaring like I've never seen.

After the big 4th inning, we were all counting outs to the World Series.  Matt Herges pitched 2 scoreless innings in the 5th and 6th to earn the win.  LaTroy Hawkins pitched a flawless 7th leaving the 8th and 9th to Fuentes and Corpas.  Fuentes delayed the party a bit by giving up a 3 run homer in the 8th to Chris Snyder to make the score 6-4 and to make the ending more tense than we would have liked.  After a triple by Juston Upton, Hurdle called on Manny Corpas to get the final 4 outs.  Corpas struck out Tony Clark to end the 8th and Coors was rumbling with anticipation.

The 9th couldn't have gone without drama though.  In the 9th, Corpas allowed a 1 out double by Chris Young.  He got the next out and we were one out from a celebration when up came Eric Byrnes, the D'Back that Rockies fans loved to hate.  After saying how the Rockies were just lucky to be winning in this series, Byrnes hit a check swing roller to Troy Tulowitzki who promptly gunned it to Todd Helton for the final out.  Byrnes had slid headfirst into first, trying to beat out the throw and was left lying facedown in the dirt as the Rockies celebrated their first ever World Series berth.

Not a single person left the building and the noise could have shaken the snow from some of the nearby 14ers as they set up the stage behind second base.  National League President Bill Giles presented Warren C. Giles trophy to the Monforts, and the World Series is coming to Denver!

The history that this team is making is beyond anyone's wildest dreams.  I had guessed that this team would win 84 or so games, being about 10 games better than last year and would then take the big step to contender next year.  Then they went on a rampage for the ages.  These Rockies came from 9 games below .500 (18-27) in May.  They were 6 games out of the wild card in September.  They were 4 1/2 games back in the wild card with just 9 games to play.  They were 2 games back with 2 to play.  They were 2 runs back in the 13th inning of the 163rd game of the year.  They became the fifth team in the last 70 years to go 21-1 at any point in the season.  They became the first team ever to go on one of those rampages in September and October, when it mattered most.  They became the first team since the 1976 Cincinnatti Reds to sweep their first 2 postseason series.  They became the fifth team ever to go from last place one year to World Series the next.  They became the sixth team ever to make the World Series after being 9 games under .500 at any point in the season. 

14 hours after the fact, it still doesn't seem real.  I have no idea how long it will take for the euphoria to fade, but this is truly unbelievable.  The Rockies are the 2007 National League Champions!  After 15 years of waiting, the Rockies, yes, THE ROCKIES, are going to the World Series!!!

Game 1 of the World Series will be Rocktober 24th in either Cleveland or Boston.  The first World Series game ever held in Denver will be on Rocktober 27th. 

Go Rockies!!!

 
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Purple Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 10:00 AM

The Rockies Win The Pennant!

Denver Mayor, John Hickenlooper, has declared today Purple Tuesday:

WHEREAS, Since 1993, the City and County of Denver has proudly been the home of Colorado's Major League Baseball team; and
 
WHEREAS, The Colorado Rockies have helped activate and energize Lower Downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods bringing fans from across the state to Coors Field and local businesses; and
 
WHEREAS, The Colorado Rockies personify the enthusiasm, energy, perseverance and team play that make Colorado and the West a remarkable place to live; and
 
WHEREAS, The Colorado Rockies have won the first three games of the 2007 National League Division Championship series and are one win away from a trip to the World Series; and
 
WHEREAS, Everyone in the Denver metro area and Colorado Rockies fans worldwide are encouraged to wear purple on Tuesday, October 16, 2007, to support the Colorado Rockies in their quest for the National League Division title.
 
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN W. HICKENLOOPER, MAYOR of the City and County of Denver, Colorado, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby officially proclaim Tuesday, October 16, 2007, to be known as:
 
"COLORADO ROCKIES PURPLE TUESDAY"
 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand as caused the official seal of the City and County of Denver to be affixed this 15th day of October, 2007.

John W. Hickenlooper
Mayor
 
Go Rockies!!!
 
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2007 National League Champions!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 12:32 AM

2007 National League Champions!

It's 1:30 AM and we just got home from watching the Rockies clinch the 2007 NL Pennant at Coors Field.  What an incredible run!  21 of 22 games.  The first team ever to sweep its way into the World Series.  The NLCS MVP was Matt Holliday as the Rockies beat the D'Backs 6-4.  I'll post more tomorrow when I get a chance.

2007 National League Champions - The Colorado Rockies!!!

The World Series is coming to Denver in Rocktober!  Go Rockies!!!

 
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1 win from the NL Pennant!

Sunday, October 14, 2007 10:33 PM

Manny Corpas delivers the final pitch of the Rockies Game 3 win

Tonight, Andrea and I went to the first NLCS game ever held in Denver.  In a miserable, rainy, and frigid Rocktober night in Denver, the Rockies beat the Diamondbacks 4-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the NLCS.  Josh Fogg allowed basrunners in each of the first six innings but only surrendered 1 run.  The Rockies took the first lead in the bottom of the first with a Matt Holliday HR.  Arizona managed to answer in the 4th, but Yorvit Torrealba hit a three run smash into the left field bleachers to put the Rox up for good in the sixth.  Jeremy Affeldt, Brian Fuentes, and then Manny Corpas slammed the door on the D'Backs in the 7th, 8th, and 9th, and the Rockies are 1 win away from the NL Pennant!

Troy Tulowitzki has also generated the best chant that I've ever heard at Coors Field.  Everyone goes clap--clap--clap-clap-clap-clap-TU-LO as the "TU-LO" echoes through the building.  There is no doubt that he's become a true fan favorite as a rookie.

While this game was played in truly miserable weather, the magical Rockies run continues.  This game would have been rained out if had not  been the postseason.  But rain or shine, black jerseys or gray, these Rockies just keep winning.  The win was the 20th in the last 21 games, a streak that is completely unprecedented in MLB history. 

Game 4 is tomorrow night at 8pm at Coors Field.  Andrea and I will be there.  Bring the brooms!  We're sweeping the snakes out of Denver and punching a ticket for the World Series!

Go Rockies!!!

 
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Refuse to Lose!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007 12:00 AM

Refuse to Lose!

The NLCS is coming home to Denver with the Rockies up 2-0!!!  The Rockies took an early 1-0 lead but gave it back.  Took a 2-1 lead but Manny Corpas blew his 2nd save ever to head to extra innings tied at 2.  But in the 11th Jose Valverde loses his control.  He walked 3 in the inning, including walking Willy Taveras to force in the winning run.  Ryan Spier threw a perfect bottom of the 11th to seal the 3-2 win.  Willy Taveras was clearly the MVP of this game with a number of stellar defensive plays to save the game as well as scoring a run and taking the walk to force in the winning run.

19 wins in 20 games.  The first team since the 1976 Reds to start the postseason 5-0.  Game 3 is Sunday night in Denver.  Andrea and I will be there. 

Go Rockies!!!

 
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Rockies Break the Webb!

Thursday, October 11, 2007 9:03 PM

Jeff Francis pitches in Game 1 of the 2007 NLDS

18 of 19!  The Rockies beat Brandon Webb and the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 tonight in Game 1 of the NLCS.  Jeff Francis pitched brilliantly for 6 2/3 innings and Brad Hawpe came through with a clutch 2-out hit to break it open in the 3rd.  A runner interference call went against Arizona in the 7th causing the fans in Arizona to shower the field in water bottles and other debris.  Clint Hurdle had to pull the Rockies off the field for a while to let the crowd calm down.  But the Rockies slammed the door and walked away with the win in Game 1.

Go Rockies!!!

 
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Sweep!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2007 11:58 PM

NLCS Here We Come!  Go Rockies!

Tonight, in the first playoff game in Denver since 1995, the Rockies beat the Phillies 2-1 to complete the three game sweep of the NL Division Series.  It was another tense game as the Rockies took the lead in the 5th inning only to have the Phillies tie it up in the top of the 7th.  Ubaldo Jimenez pitched brilliantly for the Rockies, allowing just 3 hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.  Jeff Baker came through with the biggest hit of the night, singling in Yorvit Torrealba for the winning run in the bottom of the 8th. 

Next up for the Rockies: A wild west showdown with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS.  Games 1 and 2 are Thursday and Friday in Arizona.  The first NLCS game ever held in Denver will be on Sunday, October 14 and Andrea and I will be there.

Go Rockies!!!

 
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2 Down!

Friday, October 5, 2007 12:24 PM

Kazuo Matsui is congratulated at the plate by Yorvit Torrealba, Seth Smith, and Garrett Atkins following his grand slam in Game 2 of the NLDS - Mary Schwalm/MLB.com

Yesterday the Rockies beat the Phillies 10-5 in Game 2 of the NLDS behind Kazuo Matsui's grand slam in the 4th inning.  Game 3 is here in Denver at 7:30pm on Saturday and Andrea and I will be there.  Saturday will be the first playoff game in Denver since October 1995.

In addition, the Rockies voted a playoff share yesterday to Amanda Coolbaugh, the widow of Rockies' AA first base coach Mike Coolbaugh, who was killed by a line drive earlier this year.  The move was suggested by some of the veteran players and could be anywhere from $20,000 to $300,000 depending on how far the Rockies advance.  The Coolbaugh's two sons, five-year-old Joseph, and three-year-old Jacob will throw out the first pitch for Game 3 this Saturday in Denver as well.  It is moves like this that make this such an easy team to root for.

Go Rockies!!!

 
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1 Down!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 3:21 PM

Rocktober!

The Rockies beat the Phillies today 4-2 in Game 1 of the NLDS for the second playoff win in franchise history!  The win was the Rockies' 15th in the last 16 games as the Rockies made a 3 run 2nd stand up for the next 7 innings behind a masterful pitching performance by Jeff Francis.  Game 2 is tomorrow at 1 pm Mountain in Philly. 

Go Rockies!!!

 
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The Best Sports Weekend Ever!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 3:26 PM

The Best Sports Weekend Ever - From Crushing Defeat to Purple Playoffs

This has been one of those sports weekends that is truly impossible to describe.  We went to the Rockies - D'Backs game on Friday night with the Rockies controlling their own destiny for the Wild Card.  A crushing 4-2 loss to Brandon Webb left the Rockies playoff hopes in need of a miracle.  We were among the very melancholy crowd hanging around at the end to watch a fireworks show that had suddenly lost its luster.

Then on Saturday we got up extremely early to go participate in the CU Alumni Band at Homecoming 2007.  The Buffs were playing #3 Oklahoma and were a huge underdog.  We were thinking the disappointing sports weekend was going to continue in a big way.  But the Buffs stunned us.  They dominated Oklahoma for most of the game.  The only reason it was close was 2 CU turnovers that gave OU 14 points.  A furious CU comeback in the 4th quarter culminated with much maligned CU kicker, Kevin Eberhart, hitting the game winning field goal as time expired.  CU 27 - #3 OU 24 in one of the most exciting college football finishes I've ever been at.  We even had starting defensive tackle, George Hypolite, run over to conduct the band in Fight CU as the students were rushing the field!

While the Buffs were dispatching the Sooners, the miracles continued.  San Diego's Trevor Hoffman gave up a 2 out triple to Tony Gwynn Jr., and Milwaukee came back to beat the Padres.  The Rockies thumped the D'Backs 11-1 in the evening and we went to Sunday being not yet dead.

Andrea and I went to the regular season finale on Sunday for the Rockies as well.  With the 1:05 start, San Diego and Milwaukee had been playing for an hour when we got to the ballpark and it was 3-0 San Diego when we arrived at Coors Field.  It was looking like the Rockies' magical run was going to come up short.  The first six innings were tension filled as Ubaldo Jimenez worked on a no hitter for the Rockies while everyone was scoreboard watching.  Coors Field roared every time the out of town scoreboard added a Milwaukee run.  Milwaukee surged ahead and ended up winning 11-6 over San Diego, meaning that a Rockies win would force a tiebreaker.  The buzz built in Coors Field.  The game was tied at 1 going to the bottom of the 8th when the San Diego score went final.  The Rockies offense responded with 3 runs, taking a 4-1 lead to the top of the 9th.  But nothing is easy for the Rockies, as the D'Backs scored 2 before Corpas got the final out and Helton bounded across the infield as the Rockies forced a Wild Card Tiebreaker with the Padres.

Andrea and I managed to get tickets for last night's Wild Card Tiebreaker at King Soopers.  The game started at 5:37 pm with soon to be NL Cy Young Award winner, Jake Peavy, pitching for the Padres and Josh Fogg for the Rockies.  The Rockies came out and scored 2 in the first and 1 in the second for a 3-0 lead.  But the Padres punched back for 5 runs in the 3rd.  The Rockies came back again, eventually taking a 6-5 lead.  This game was a true heavyweight fight, and neither team wanted their season to come to an end.  The lead should have been 7-5 after a Garrett Atkins home run was ruled a double.  And then Matt Holliday played a line drive out into a double in the 8th and we're tied at 6.  The bullpens started putting up zeros.  The 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th passed with no score in the most tension filled, nerve wracking game I've ever been at.  The Rockies bring in Jorge Julio in the 13th.  A walk, a 2 run home run and another walk chases Julio without recording an out and the Rockies trailing 8-6.  The dreams are crashing down around us and you could hear a pin drop at Coors Field.  The Padres bring on Mr. Hells Bells, Trevor Hoffman to close it out in the 13th.  But LoDo Magic comes roaring back again against the all-time saves leader.  Kaz Matsui doubles to right and Coors Field is jumping again.  Another double by Troy Tulowitzki leaves the Rockies down 1 with Matt Holliday coming up to chants of M-V-P with a chance to atone for his earlier mistake.  Holliday crushes a triple off the out of town scoreboard and the game is tied.  The Padres walk Helton, but Jamey Carroll hits a sac fly to right field and Holliday charges home.  Rockies win 9-8 in 13 innings to claim the NL Wild Card!  Purple Playoffs!!! 

I can't ever remember a more exciting weekend of sports.  Against the longest of odds, the cards kept falling our way all weekend long.  CU scores it's biggest football victory in 6 years, and we get to watch the first playoff game at Coors Field in 12 years this coming Saturday.  I don't know that it can get any better than this!

 
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It's Official: Rocktober is here!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 3:21 PM

Rocktober!

It's official: October is Rocktober in Colorado!

WHEREAS, the Colorado Rockies are the centerpiece of Colorado's baseball community, a franchise making only its second playoff appearance since its inception in 1993; and

WHEREAS, after a late September run of 13 wins in 14 games, the Rockies rekindled the passions of baseball fans across the state and nation and forced a one-game playoff with the San Diego Padres; and

WHEREAS, on October 1, 2007, Coors Field hosted its most important game in a dozen years, a 13-inning thriller that featured everything we love about the game of baseball - a four hour and forty minute see-saw duel that included five lead changes, dramatic home runs, incredible defensive plays, and a play-at-the-plate finish that sealed the most dramatic victory in Rockies history; and

WHEREAS, Colorado left its mark on the game of baseball thanks to the many heroes of the Colorado Rockies, including Most Valuable Player hopeful Matt Holliday, who captured the National League batting title and RBI crown on the final night of the season, Rookie of the Year candidate Troy Tulowitzki, who broke the National League record for most home runs in a season by a rookie shortstop and accumulated more assists than any shortstop since Ozzie Smith, manager Clint Hurdle, who deserves due consideration for  Manager of the Year, and veteran first baseman Todd Helton, who will make his first post-season appearance after ten seasons with the Rockies; and

WHEREAS, the Colorado Rockies have energized people around the state with their remarkable September, and hope to continue one of the most amazing and improbable runs in baseball history;

Therefore, I, Bill Ritter, Jr., Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim October 2007,

ROCKTOBER!

in the State of Colorado.

GIVEN under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, this second day of October, 2007

Bill Ritter,  Jr.

Governor

Go Rockies!!!

 
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Purple Playoffs!

Monday, October 1, 2007 10:53 PM

Purple Playoffs!!!

In the best baseball game I've ever been to, the Rockies just beat the San Diego Padres in 13 innings to claim the NL Wild Card.  The playoff was only the 7th one game playoff in major league history.  Things started off well for the Rox against Padres starter, Jake Peavy, when they scored 2 in the first and then added a third in the second with Yorvit Torrealba's 8th home run of the year.  The Padres came back with 5 in the 4th including a grand slam by Adrian Gonzales.  The Rockies countered again, taking a 6-5 lead by the 6th.  The lead should have been 7-5 after a Garrett Atkins home run was called back by the umpires to a double.  Then in the 8th, Matt Holliday misplayed a fly ball into a double, leading to a 6-6 tie. 

The extra innings were completely nerve wracking.  The Rockies walked the leadoff batter in the 11th and 12th innings, but Matt Herges managed to escape without any damage.  Unfortunately the Rockies couldn't get anything against the San DIego bullpen.  Then in the 13th inning, Jorge Julio comes in and walks the leadoff batter and promptly gives up a 2 run home run to Scott Hairston and Coors Field visibly deflated.  After another single, Julio was gone without recording an out and was booed off the field.  The Rockies turned to Ramon Ortiz who got the next 3 outs without incident.

Then we go to the bottom of the 13th.  The Padres bring in all-time saves leader, Trevor Hoffman, to face the top of the Rockies order.  Kaz Matsui leads off with a double.  Then soon to be Rookie of the Year, Troy Tulowitzki laces another double into left field.  Matt Holliday comes to the plate to the chant of M-V-P, and laces a triple off the out of town scoreboard.  The Rockies have tied it up with nobody out!  The Padres walk Todd Helton to pitch to Jamey Carroll.  Carroll swings at the first pitch, driving it into the outfield.  After the catch, Holliday comes charging home, just beating the tag.  The Rockies win 9-8 in 13 innings to clinch the first playoff appearance in 12 years!  Pandemonium in Coors Field!

The first playoff game is in Philly at 1:30pm on Wednesday.  I already have my NLDS and NLCS tickets for the Rockies home games.  Go Rockies!!!

 
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