Every year throughout out the Colorado Rockies season, I find myself popping in the DVD player all of my favorite baseball movies. From Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, The Sandlot to The Natural, there hasn’t been a season in which I haven’t sat down in front of a TV and enjoyed some baseball movie classics.
This current Colorado Rockies‘ disappointing season has left me in search of some inspiration. So, of course, I turn to the comeback story that is the 1989 classic, Major League.
Every baseball fan knows the scene in that movie. Manager Lou Brown unveils a cardboard cutout of their diabolical owner with strategically placed pull-off squares covering the picture. Brown turns to his team and explains, “I figure it’s gonna take 32 more victories to win this thing. Every time we win, we peel a section.”
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With a 52-60 record and seven games back of the Wild Card, the Rockies are going to need more than 32 wins (more likely 35 to remotely have a chance), but the message remains the same: The Rockies have to start winning now.
The Rockies have 50 games left to play, which means they need to go a minimum of 35-15 the rest of the way to be within striking distance of the playoffs. Luckily, the remaining part of the August schedule will give them the opportunity to get back in the race.
After this mini two-game set at the Astros, Colorado’s next four series are against teams under .500, including three against the NL-worst record Miami Marlins and six against a Zack Greinke-less Diamondbacks. If they can get hot and find a way to crawl back to .500 or better by the end of the month, anything can happen as the calendar flips to September.
Do I believe the Rockies will end up getting it done? No. However, like I said, I have been inspired by Major League. So it is time for Chris Iannetta to stand up in the clubhouse and do his best aging catcher Jake Taylor impression and say, “Well, I guess there’s only one thing left to do. Win the whole #$%@#$ thing!”