With the potential of a much later than anticipated start to the 2020 baseball season, Colorado Rockies fans may have a different definition of “Rocktober” this year than in previous campaigns.
In past years, the Colorado Rockies playing well into October meant the team had qualified for the postseason and “Rocktober” took on a special significance in and around Denver. However, this year, with the entire Major League Baseball schedule being pushed back because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease pandemic, the revised regular season schedule could well stretch into October, whether teams are in the chase for the postseason or not.
Of course, nothing is set in stone at this point regarding the schedule and there are reportedly many options on the table, including shortening the season to less than the normal 162 games and keeping the schedule with the same number of games but stretching the regular season well into October, which could push the postseason deeper into November than ever before.
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With the Rockies coming off a 71-91 mark in 2019, a playoff push in 2020 is considered a long shot by many outside of the organization. If the team isn’t competing for a postseason berth and is playing games deep into October, it would be interesting to see crowd size with cooler temperatures settling in, as well as the Denver Broncos getting deeper into their schedule and the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets drawing closer to their seasons opening also.
However, should the team surprise the oddsmakers in 2020 and be in the hunt for a postseason berth, the new definition of Rocktober would include October regular season games that truly matter for the Rockies. Would the colder temperatures matter at that point to the level of fan excitement? Hardly. Bundle up and bring on the hot chocolate or alcohol to help keep warm, many Rockies fans would say.
Certainly we will know more in the coming days and weeks regarding the MLB schedule and how it will look when life begins to get back to normal. However, for now, we can think about how “Rocktober” might be different for all of us this year, continuing a year like our society has never seen before.