It’s been an emotional pair of games for the Colorado Rockies since the San Francisco Giants rolled into town on Friday.
Of course, much of the emotion came in Friday night’s eventual comeback win as Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl went down with a high ankle sprain in the sixth inning. As teammates rushed to his side, Dahl agonized on the ground. As he was helped to a cart to be taken off the field, Dahl’s emotions broke through in tears.
With Dahl down, the Rockies rallied for a 5-4 victory and offensive star of the night Ryan McMahon admitted after the game that the injured outfielder (and teammate and friend) was heavy on his heart.
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The Rockies continued to show emotion on Saturday night, paced by a smile-worthy play by All-Star Nolan Arenado.
In the fifth inning, with Arenado at first after a one-out single, Daniel Murphy lined a double to push Arenado to third. However, San Francisco’s Scooter Gennett had a throwing error on the play, sending catcher Stephen Vogt way away from home plate. Sensing an opportunity, Arenado hustled down the line and scored just ahead of Vogt’s diving tag attempt, giving Colorado a 5-4 edge.
Arenado popped up after scoring and flashed a big smile while being congratulated by his teammates. Moments later, in the dugout, Arenado was still beaming as he was shown on Colorado’s enormous scoreboard. Charlie Blackmon came behind him to grab his shoulders as the Colorado faithful erupted in applause.
Anything but fleet-footed, Arenado had hustled enough to score. The Rockies were rewarded with the lead … as well as the sight of a smiling Arenado. Fans made it clear they recognized the hustle.
After a July to remember, the emotions of August are something to see. They’re a testament to the fact that this Rockies team, mired in last place in the National League West, isn’t just going to roll over the rest of the season. They’re going to continue to fight … if for no other reason than each other.
Again, take a look at this picture from Friday night. Now read what Dahl said about it.
"“That meant the world to me,” Dahl told Rox Pile and other reporters on Saturday. “I saw the picture and I started kind of tearing up, just to see the support and how much they love me and I love them.”"
While the Rockies lost 6-5 on Saturday (the second straight one-run game of the series), Colorado had their chances in the ninth with the tying run on second before Daniel Murphy struck out to end the game. Down 4-0 after the first inning, the Rockies didn’t roll over. They fought back.
In short, perhaps this sums up the state of this team. Will they make the postseason? No. Will they quit? Absolutely not.