Colorado Rockies: Which Team is Their Biggest Rival?
By Kevin Henry
Rival #3: The Chicago Cubs
Placing them on this list has nothing to do with Chicago finally breaking its tag of “lovable losers” last season by winning the World Series. It has everything to do with history and another great rivalry building between young stars.
WGN can be credited for creating many Cubs fans just about the time that Ryne Sandberg, Rick Sutcliffe and Lee Smith were returning Chicago back to the playoffs in 1984. Without a team in Denver at that time, many locals chose to cheer for the Cubs … and still do.
Chicago was also a place where many current residents of Denver came from. Like the folks from southern and northern California who relocated to the Rocky Mountain region, they brought their baseball fandom with them.
OK, so that was then, but this is now. One of the internal rivalries between the two teams is between their third basemen. Much like Story and Seager, it appears Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant are going to be competing for All-Star Game nods and MVP awards for years to come. It’s going to make the games between the two teams have a little more emphasis.
And let’s not forget that the Rockies took four of six games last season from the World Champs, including a walkoff home win that had all of the emotion (on Colorado’s side, at least) of a playoff game. And let’s not forget that Coors Field becomes a sea of Cubbie blue (which is different from Dodger blue) any time the visitors from the Windy City pay a visit. During that extra-inning game, it was interesting to see the two fan bases go back and forth as the game’s intensity built.
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While it may be hard to have a rivalry with a team from another division, there’s plenty of give and take between the two teams over the years. In 185 games, the Cubs hold a 95-90 advantage.