It was an interesting question that was posed on Twitter recently that got us thinking about going back in time to help out the Colorado Rockies.
Changing one outcome in history that would help the Colorado Rockies would mean changing the outcome of the 2007 American League Championship Series
Here’s the scenario…
So let’s work under that scenario. What if the Cleveland Indians had finished off the Boston Red Sox in Game 5 of the 2007 American League Championship Series? Playing on October 18, the Indians were leading the ALCS 3-1 and playing at home, but Boston would hop on Indians starter CC Sabathia early and pull away in the late innings on its way to a 7-1 win. The series would then shift to Boston, where the Red Sox would capture Games 6 and 7 to win the American League title.
With Games 6 and 7 now needing to be played after Boston won Game 5, the ALCS would eventually end on October 21.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Rockies had swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Championship Series. Winners of 21 of their last 22 games, the Rockies completed the sweep on October 15 … and then had to wait to see who they would play in the World Series.
With the ALCS lasting seven games and scheduling for the World Series pushing the start of the Series back even further, Colorado wouldn’t play a game that Game 4 NLSC victory on October 15 until Game 1 of the World Series on October 24, marking the longest layoff in postseason history to that point. In Boston, the Rockies looked like a team that had not played in some time as the Red Sox flexed their muscles early on their way to a 13-1 decision in Game 1. The Red Sox would eventually sweep the Rockies, winning Game 4 in Denver on October 28 by a 4-3 score to claim the title.
What might have happened if the Rockies had met Cleveland and the World Series had started earlier? Our friends at Purple Row did a fascinating “what if” scenario for that hypothetical Fall Classic that you can see here.
Changing one outcome in MLB history that would benefit the Rockies? Having a red-hot Rockies team not have to wait to play in the 2007 World Series would be our choice. How about you? Let us know in the comments section below.