While there is still much in the air about what may still happen with the 2020 Major League Baseball regular season and postseason, it is possible that, if the Colorado Rockies make the postseason, none of the playoff games would take place in Denver.
Certainly there are a lot of “what ifs” in this scenario (including the Colorado Rockies overcoming long odds to make the postseason) that would see playoff games take place at venues other than Coors Field. However, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN, teams could consider playing postseason games at neutral ballparks rather than face the prospects of playing games in colder climates in November (with the season potentially stretching that far).
Of course, Denver is a baseball city with a colder climate. With Coors Field as an open-air stadium, it’s possible that, should the Rockies make the postseason, Major League Baseball would consider moving postseason games out of LoDo to avoid the cold weather.
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Under this scenario (and, again, a lot of things would have to fall into place for this scenario to happen), can you, Colorado Rockies fans, imagine playing your “home” playoff games in Miami … or under the dome/retractable roof in Tampa or Seattle or Milwaukee … or even (gulp) at Chavez Ravine? That thought alone may make Rockies fans shudder at the possibility.
The only potential bright spot under the potential scenario would be that the National League West has plenty of opportunities within the division should the Rockies qualify. Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix offers “host” possibilities in stadiums that Colorado would be very familiar with and are a short plane ride from Denver.
However, let’s be honest, imagining fans cheering the Rockies onto victory at 20th and Blake throughout whatever season might be coming up this year, then having the postseason moved a time zone or two away just seems cruel on many levels.
Say what you will about Coors Field (I know, readers. Insert your altitude and “playing on the moon” jokes here), but a chill in the air is what we’re supposed to feel when postseason baseball comes around.
It’s happened at Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Progressive Stadium, and other ballparks in recent years. In a year where baseball and its fans need to connect perhaps more than ever, taking the “cold” out of the postseason and taking the home fans out of the equation seems to a strange proposal.
It begs the questions for Rockies fans, would you rather have a strong regular season and just miss the postseason or a great season and then a postseason where you would have to travel to support your team in person? Sure, I know there will be television and radio broadcasts, but isn’t there something special about having the postseason actually in your city and stadium?
What do you think, Rockies fans? Which option would you take: A postseason away from Denver (like was experienced with the 2017 NL Wild Card Game) or no postseason at all? Let us know in the comments below.