Broncos’ preseason is in full swing. The Red Rocks concert schedule lures. And downtown’s typical artsy attractions such as Buskerfest, happening this weekend at Union Station, provide non-baseball ways for locals to spend their time.
But why wait, Rockies fans? Forgo football practice, Pretty Lights and potential sword swallowers — if Denver is half a baseball town, now is the time to show it with Los Angeles in LoDo and the divisional race entering a critical juncture.
Thursday night’s series opener was a so-so start. It was a late-to-arrive crowd, and there was too much Dodger blue dotting Coors Field in Los Angeles’ 8-5 victory.
Even though L.A. is a team with a wide fan base, their energy on Thursday — albeit amid a smaller number of people — was nearly comparative to that of the Colorado fans, who have turned in just seven sellouts in 55 home games this season and seem to save most of their vocal contributions for Charlie Blackmon’s walk-up song.
That sort atmosphere of underscores a perennial Rockies problem. At several other points throughout this season in particular, opposing fans have showed out almost as well as the home crowd, with the Cubs’ and Astros’ contingents especially making their presence felt.
Granted, with a history of pitching ineptitude and seven 90-plus loss seasons, the Rockies haven’t exactly made Rocky Mountain baseball fandom an enticing venture over the past 25 years.
But this season is different. Despite bullpen and offensive issues, the starting rotation could be the franchise’s best ever and it’s a Colorado roster that, on paper, is built to win its first division title down the stretch.
A flashback to come full circle to my point: I remember riding the light rail with my brother to the World Series in 2007, a couple kids stuffed in like sardines on the train, in the concourse, and finally in the upper-deck seats. I also distinctly remember thinking: Where were all these fans in August?
Runs like Rocktober only come around once in blue moon. But the more Blue Moon that engaged Rockies fans consume in their seats, at Coors Field, over the next seven weeks — the better the chance for postseason baseball in LoDo.
— Kyle Newman, The Denver Post
What’s on tap?
- Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:40 p.m., Friday, ATTRM
- Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, ATTRM
- Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:10 p.m., Sunday, ATTRM
- At Houston Astros, 6:10 p.m. Tuesday, ATTRM
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Scores, Stats and Standings
Dodgers blast Rockies’ bullpen for five home runs, including two off Wade Davis in the ninth, to take series opener
With the Dodgers in town and the stakes raised for an August four-game set, the Rockies’ relievers wilted at Coors Field on Thursday, turning a potential win into one of the toughest losses of the season. Read more…
Kiszla: He’s not Chuck Nazty any more. Would move from center field help Charlie Blackmon get his groove back?
While it’s verboten in this dusty old cowtown to say anything resembling a discouraging word about Blackmon, his star has slipped this year. Can a man who hits .278 accurately be called Chuck Nazty? Nope. Read more…
In this latest installment of the On The Rox podcast, reliever Scott Oberg joins The Denver Post’s Kyle Newman to talk about the Rockies bullpen and how he battled back from his midseason injury. Read more…
+ Kiszla: Is Rockies’ offense so bad 38-year-old Matt Holliday should grab his bat and hop a plane to Denver?
+ Journal: Rockies weigh in on position players pitching. Plus, Chris Rusin’s activated and David Dahl starts again
+ Rockies lack clutch hits, lose rubber game against Pirates at Coors Field
+ Kiz vs. Saunders: What must Rockies’ Nolan Arenado do to be named MVP of NL?
+ Emergence of Kyle Freeland, Rockies’ rotation brings Coors Field double standard to the forefront
+ Does Major League Baseball market its players enough? The commissioner and some respected veterans have contrasting views.
+ Rockies Record Tracker: See how Colorado has fared against each opponent this season.
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By The Numbers
Nine pitches, all of them for strikes, resulting in three strikeouts. There has to be a special name for that, right? Sure is. “Immaculate inning.” Read more…
The official return of Players’ Weekend announced by MLB on Tuesday brought with it the list of nicknames that players will be wearing on the back of their jerseys for games the weekend of Aug. 24-26. Read more…