It was 13 years ago today (October 15, 2007) that the Colorado Rockies finished off a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Championship Series.
That win not only earned the Colorado Rockies a trip to their first-ever (and, to this date, only) World Series, but also capped an incredible run of 21 wins in 22 games and marking a high point in the legendary “Rocktober” run.
The incredible slate of wins started on September 16 with a 13-0 trouncing of the Florida Marlins at Coors Field (a day in which they were 6.5 games out of first place in the National League West). By winning two of three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix to finish the season, Colorado tied the San Diego Padres for the Wild Card and forced Game 163 to be played in Denver.
That game, of course, is where Matt Holliday had the most famous slide in Rockies history to end the October 1 matchup against the Padres (and eventual Colorado manager Bud Black) and send Colorado to the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Colorado would go on to sweep Philadelphia in the NLDS and take all four games from the Diamondbacks, including the clincher at Coors Field that featured one of the most iconic photos of Todd Helton.
During that NLCS matchup with Arizona, Colorado’s pitchers flourished. In 38 innings pitched against the Diamondbacks, Colorado’s hurlers posted a combined 1.89 ERA and WHIP of 1.158.
Yes, the Rockies would be swept by the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. However, the magic and memories produced by that 2007 team to even get to that matchup still reverberates in the mind of so many Rockies fans and Mountain Time Zone residents.
Today, we raise a glass to Rocktober memories and to all of the players who gave so many of us so many unforgettable moments in the 2007 season.