Welcome to August 1, 2016. As you begin your day, you might want to prepare yourself for what could be one of the more interesting days for the Colorado Rockies in recent years.
As the calendar turns to August, the majority of eyeballs and attention spans in Denver and the Rocky Mountain region are expected to turn their attention toward the Denver Broncos. After all, it’s August and it’s time for the defending Super Bowl champs to get back to business and get back to work at training camp. Oh wait, there’s still baseball being played at 20th and Blake? Oh yeah, it’s still baseball season as well, isn’t it?
That’s been the outlook since the Rockies last sniffed the postseason in 2009 and had a winning record on August 1 in 2010. The thought since then? Just keep playing baseball and give the crowds a chance to grab a beer and watch the sunsets … but it’s time for them to wear their orange and start talking about the Broncos (oh wait, some people (fans and members of the certain media outlets) never stop doing that).
That’s fine, but this season, there is a reason to play attention to the purple pinstripes.
Let’s face it, the Rockies haven’t given their fans much to be optimistic about since 2010. Look at the records for the Rockies on August 1 over the five years between 2010 and this season.
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2015 – 44-58
2014 – 44-66
2013 – 51-59
2012 – 37-65
2011 – 51-58
2010 – 55-50* (the Rockies went 28-29 the rest of the season)
By the way, just for fun, the Rockies were 57-47 on August 1, 2009.
So here the Rockies stand on August 1 with a 52-53 record after yesterday’s 6-4 loss to the New York Mets. They sit just five games out of the second Wild Card slot.
Rockies Twitter blew up on Saturday night after the Rockies polished off a 7-2 victory over the Mets and finally reached the .500 mark for the first time since May 21. There was joy. There was jubilation. There was talk of what might be as the rest of the season unfolded.
Then Charlie Blackmon took to the airwaves on the postgame report and reminded all of us that reaching the .500 mark wasn’t exactly like qualifying for the postseason.
“Congratulations, you’re average.” That was the Bearded One’s reaction to being asked how he felt about his team being at the .500 mark.
It’s a stark reminder for all of us that as much as the team has accomplished this season, there’s still plenty of season left.
However, unlike past seasons, there are reasons to be excited about the Rockies as August 1 dawns. What are those? Here are two of my thoughts…
Next: Reasons 1 and 2 for Excitement on August 1