I have a confession to make. This season, I have watched the fewest number of Colorado Rockies games since Walt Weiss was in the dugout. There is a good reason for this. The Rockies have been so bad on the road (6-31 record) that I refuse to watch a game in which they seemingly have less than a 20% chance of winning, cutting my viewership virtually in half.
On the other side of the ledger, the Rockies have been so good playing at the corner of 20th and Blake St, they have almost become appointment television. In 46 home games, they are an astounding 29-17 (considering their overall record of 35-48).
They are on pace to have their best home record since 2010 when the Rockies went 52-29 (.642), which is three games short of the club record achieved way back in 1996 when they went 55-26 (.679)
To go along with the wins at home, many have come in dramatic fashion. The Rockies are leading MLB with eight walk-off victories, which is two shy of the club record.
Here is the issue with the Colorado Rockies having success in 2021.
This type of success and the flare for the dramatic at home is exactly what will keep owner Dick Monfort in control of the organization, no matter how low the team drops in the National League standings.
The overall attendance is down for the season, which was to be expected considering the ongoing threat of COVID-19, capacity limits at Coors Field earlier in the season, and an alienated fan base after the Nolan Arenado trade, but that is slowly changing.
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As people become more comfortable going out in public, sooner or later they will find their way down to LoDo and through the turnstiles at Coors Field. What is making a game an even bigger draw is the chance of seeing the Rockies pull out an exciting late-inning victory.
It is not that I don’t want to watch the Rockies play winning baseball again. It is the thought that Dick Monfort only cares whether or not your hard-earned money is finding its way into his pocketbook, no matter the game’s final outcome.
As long as the Rockies keep finding ways to win at Coors Field and fans continue to come out to the ballpark, little will be done to create a team that can contend for World Series titles.