Colorado Rockies: The moment the Rockies clinched a Wild Card berth
By Kevin Henry
Rocktober officially arrived in LoDo before the Colorado Rockies could even take the field for the second game of their three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.
As the St. Louis Cardinals officially eliminated the Milwaukee Brewers with a come-from-behind 7-6 victory at Busch Stadium, Coors Field exploded in cheers. With the game on the big screen and the audio blaring throughout the stadium, you couldn’t miss what was going on across Interstate 70.
The moment the Brewers went down on their final strike, the energy and emotion in Coors Field spiked to a level that hasn’t been felt here in Denver since 2009. It’s been that long since Rocktober was officially a part of the Colorado Rockies vocabulary. On Saturday night, that changed.
Video played on the scoreboard of the Rockies celebrating in the clubhouse. You don’t think the players wanted the postseason? Just watch this.
You don’t think Nolan Arenado wanted to play past October 1? Check out this great picture.
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The beginning of the game on Saturday night was delayed because of weather officially. It’s very likely the only rain that could delay the start of the game was coming from the champagne flowing in the Rockies clubhouse. It’s OK. None of us waiting for the start of the game minded. Well, maybe Clayton Kershaw did, but other than him…
You see, there’s something very special about finally making the postseason. It took 161-plus games for the Rockies to get there … but they did.
As fans (and members of the media), we’ve been on this roller coaster ride together since spring training opened. We’ve talked about injuries, potential trades and players who were either performing at a high level or underperforming completely. We’ve witnessed Nolan’s incredible walkoff cycle and Chad Bettis kicking cancer right in the teeth. We’ve seen a lot so far this season. And you want to know the best part? It isn’t over.
Moments like these don’t happen all of the time. Rockies fans know that all too well. Wherever you were on Saturday night, I hope you enjoyed it and soaked in the moment. You may have shed a tear or high-fived a complete stranger when the Rockies clinched. You may have raised a glass to the moment or chugged whatever was in the glass straight down. However you reacted, remember it and relish it. It’s been a while since we could celebrate a moment like that.
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Thank you Rockies for giving us so many memories this season. Now, it’s on to Rocktober. We can’t wait.