To all the Rockies fans who attended Game Three of the 2007 World Series, you made me proud. It was exactly the atmosphere and reception this team deserves. I was most proud to see the house remain full, and supportive, right up until the very last out. I still hate the towels though.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I will never understand how a towel represents anything significant, but at least they aren’t thundersticks.
Any way you slice it, Saturday, October 27th, 2007, will go down as a historic night for everyone involved with the Colorado Rockies. A historic night for the franchise, the city of Denver, the state of Colorado (or as Eric Young said it, the city of Colorado), and most importantly Rockies fans.
It was almost surreal wasn’t it? The Fox pregame show at Coors Field. Joe Suck and Tim McCarver calling a baseball game in Denver. Carrie Underwood. The giant American flag covering more ground in the outfield than five outfielders could.
Nothing says special occasion better than that.
Of course I did say there were mixed emotions. The other side of the coin was the Boston Red Sox once again imposing their overwhelming will on a seemingly overmatched Rockies squad. I don’t think there’s any shame in admitting the obvious. From Beckett’s first fastball in Game One to Papelbon’s final bat breaker in Game Three, it’s been Boston having their way.
Just take a look at the difference in at-bats for the two sides. Everything is coming so easily to the Sox hitters. On the other side Colorado struggled just to get men on base for two plus games. Sometime in the fifth inning things started clicking again. We saw that selective approach they used throughout September and October, but it’s likely way way too late now.
The pitching speaks for itself. Boston has the ability to break down and cripple any pitching staff in the game. You saw it the last three games with Cleveland, and you see it again now. Then, when you factor in their starters with that bullpen, there are no cracks in the foundation to attack.
So what’s left for Game Four?
We won’t wave our silly white flags in surrender on Sunday night. We’ll stick behind these guys one more time, because as bleak as the outcome looks, we know this team won’t give up on itself. As fans, for all the times we’ve counted them out, and others have counted them out, we owe them that much. We owe them our best effort.
Hopes for Game Four
– Don’t get swept. That’s the obvious one.
– Also, I hope nobody overlooks the meaning of this game for the two guys on the mound. Both Aaron Cook (blood clot in lung) and Jon Lester (cancer) are getting their first chances to make World Series history because they have been given second chances at life. It’s truly remarkable that both men not only overcame their life threatening illnesses, but have returned to the highest level of their profession, and will now oppose each other in a World Series game.