Saturday night was a crazy, emotional, fun time inside the Colorado Rockies locker room as they celebrated their first postseason berth since the 2009 season. Champagne and beer flowed. There were plenty of hugs and high-fives as Rocktober once again became a part of LoDo lore.
I was lucky enough to witness the celebration … and be doused by some champagne (thanks to Ian Desmond). I was also lucky enough to get to hear, first hand, how ecstatic the Rockies were to finally be back in the postseason.
Talking to members of the Rockies amidst the screams of celebration and the alcohol flowing, there were some interesting and great quotes that came out of Saturday night’s celebration. Here are three of the best … and some thoughts about each of them.
"“It all starts with the young pitchers. They’re tough. They’re tough kids. They came out and performed and helped us to get where we’re at. The veterans we have here, they’ve all had experience. Everyone cares for each other. We’re a family, man.”"
Nolan is right. Colorado wouldn’t be anywhere near the postseason without young pitchers such as German Marquez, Antonio Senzatela, Kyle Freeland, and Jeff Hoffman. Remember back to June when Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson and Chad Bettis were all unavailable because of injury? That’s when this group carried the Rockies to one of the best records in baseball.
After spending a lot of team with the team this season, it’s also very obvious that everyone in the Rockies locker room cares for each other. There are plenty of teams with problems in the clubhouse. Colorado is not one of them. This is a team that supported Carlos Gonzalez throughout his slump and stood right beside Chad Bettis throughout his chemotherapy. Remember DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon holding signs for Bettis at the All-Star Game? That’s family.