Josh Brage


Bandwagon . . .
October 16, 2007, 2:45 pm
Filed under: Baseball; Rockies

This is your moment, Rockies fans of Denver, indigent or otherwise, and you now have eight days to celebrate before the World Series. A team as hot as Colorado might not relish such a lengthy layoff, but its fans certainly will. That’s plenty of time for zany radio personalities to record a Rockies rap, for every man, woman and child to purchase a ‘Rocktober’ T-shirt, for an opportunistic distillery to hurry out a Tulo-Whiskey. After all, this is the first time this city will host a World Series; the Rockies made the playoffs only once before, in 1995, but lost in the first round. And it’s not like fans had time to prepare this season. As late as mid-September, the Rockies looked to be destined for a .500 finish and most in the metro area had turned their thoughts to the Broncos. To wit: For the first game of the win streak, September 16th against the Marlins, only 19,121 showed up at Coors Field. To track the attendance numbers is to watch a city stir to life, from curiosity to hope to belief: 23,000 for the Dodgers, then 26,0000, then, after that magical road trip, up to 46,000 for the final Arizona series and 48,000 for the one-game playoff versus San Diego. Bandwagon? Sure. But that’s one hell of a bandwagon.


Chris Ballard – SI

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