Colorado Rockies: Which Halloween candy would represent 2017?
By Kevin Henry
So what Halloween candy would the 2017 version of the Colorado Rockies represent? There are many answers to the question but I will throw out which one I believe best embodies the team that earned the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2009.
Think of all of the different kind of candies that will be given to trick-or-treaters this Halloween. Everything from Reese’s peanut butter cups to Twix bars will flow into containers of all sizes held out by children of all sizes this year (just like every year). Some kids will rejoice they got a full-size Snickers in their bag. Others will remember the house that gave out dental floss and plan their revenge.
So what candy fits the 2017 Rockies? I am going to go with the PayDay bar. Officially, the Hershey company describes PayDay as “peanut caramel bars.” A description from its Web site says, “Behold, something nutty! Peanut covered caramel. Caramel wrapped in peanuts. Hold it in your hand and feel the weight of its deliciousness.”
Perhaps we will overlook that last sentence for a number of reasons. However, there are still a few values of the PayDay bar that can be applied to the 2017 Rockies.
- In the heat of the summer, it is not going to melt. Sure, there were plenty of times last season when the Rockies could have surrendered their Wild Card spot with the Milwaukee Brewers closing in. However, Colorado won when it needed to and took advantage of Milwaukee’s losses as well. It was rewarded with a Wild Card date in the desert with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- Plenty of nuts included. If you spend even a little bit of time in the Rockies clubhouse, you will see that the players take baseball very seriously … but they also have fun while doing it. Whether it’s Gerardo Parra beeping his horn as he speeds into the clubhouse on his scooter or Charlie Blackmon answering a reporter’s question with his dry wit and sense of humor, this team is fun to watch and be around.
- A solid core. Just like PayDay has its core that holds everything together around it, so did the 2017 Rockies. Its star players stepped up when needed, including MVP-type seasons from Blackmon and Nolan Arenado. Even Carlos Gonzalez, who struggled throughout the season, hit .377 in September when his team needed him most.
- The name itself. Some of those 2017 Rockies are in for a nice pay day (see what I did there?) in the offseason. Closer Greg Holland will be testing the free agent market. Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, Chris Rusin and Chad Bettis should get nice bumps in pay through arbitration. Who knows, maybe even Blackmon and/or Arenado will be signed to a long-term contract before spring training?
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Those are the reasons I am saying the 2017 Rockies and a PayDay bar have something in common. What candy do you think best describes the team? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.