The Colorado Rockies suffered a disappointing sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers this week.
OK, it wasn’t disappointing. It was heart-breaking. It was maddening. It was emotion-filled and, when Yasiel Puig hit his pinch-hit homer off Scott Oberg on Wednesday night, it was also the culmination of the worst nightmare for every Colorado Rockies fan.
Not only did the Dodgers zip past the Rockies in the National League West standings, they also likely once again secured the division with the sweep. If that happens, that would keep Colorado still without a division title in its franchise history. Sure, anything can happen, but that is the likely scenario.
Sure, there have been close calls before, but in a season with Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story playing at MVP levels and Kyle Freeland and German Marquez flashing dominance on the mound, it seemed this could be the season for the Rockies to grab the NL West. Maybe that’s what hurts the most.
As fans, we (and yes, I am including myself in here) have an emotional tie to the team we support. We savor every win and mourn and dissect every loss, whether it’s April or September. It’s just that the September ones hurt perhaps a little more, especially when a division title is so tantalizingly close.
It’s OK to be upset. It’s OK to vent. It’s OK to rail on Twitter or whatever social media outlet you choose to use. Don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t. Part of being a fan is sometimes being a fanatic about the team you choose to support.
Was I upset last night? You bet. Did I wonder why Puig wasn’t walked with a base open rather than having Oberg pitch to him? Absolutely (and I still am, by the way). But am I ready to give up on the season? Absolutely not.
If the Rockies can rediscover their offense (and yes, I know that’s a big if, judging by recent games), the upcoming 10 games provide an opportunity for Rocktober to happen again. With just 1.5 games separating the Rockies from the second Wild Card spot and seven home games remaining (at Coors Field, where Colorado is 41-33 this season, including 7-3 in September), anything is possible.
I ask this of you, my fellow fans. Show your emotion. Show your passion. Show it online … but also show it in LoDo this upcoming week. If the Rockies are going to make the postseason, they’re going to need every amount of support they can get. Come out. Wear purple. Cheer (but don’t do the wave) and make noise, whether there are two strikes or not.
If the Rockies are an important part of your life and you’re in the Denver area, show them your passion and support next week against the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals. Be an in-person fan and let’s see what kind of LoDo Magic can be created together. Anything is possible.