Broncos’ preseason is in full swing. The Red Rocks concert schedule lures. And downtown’s typical artsy attractions such as Buskerfest, happening this weekend at Union Station, provide non-baseball ways for locals to spend their time.
But why wait, Rockies fans? Forgo football practice, Pretty Lights and potential sword swallowers — if Denver is half a baseball town, now is the time to show it with Los Angeles in LoDo and the divisional race entering a critical juncture.
Thursday night’s series opener was a so-so start. It was a late-to-arrive crowd, and there was too much Dodger blue dotting Coors Field in Los Angeles’ 8-5 victory.
Even though L.A. is a team with a wide fan base, their energy on Thursday — albeit amid a smaller number of people — was nearly comparative to that of the Colorado fans, who have turned in just seven sellouts in 55 home games this season and seem to save most of their vocal contributions for Charlie Blackmon’s walk-up song.
That sort atmosphere of underscores a perennial Rockies problem. At several other points throughout this season in particular, opposing fans have showed out almost as well as the home crowd, with the Cubs’ and Astros’ contingents especially making their presence felt.
Granted, with a history of pitching ineptitude and seven 90-plus loss seasons, the Rockies haven’t exactly made Rocky Mountain baseball fandom an enticing venture over the past 25 years.
But this season is different. Despite bullpen and offensive issues, the starting rotation could be the franchise’s best ever and it’s a Colorado roster that, on paper, is built to win its first division title down the stretch.
A flashback to come full circle to my point: I remember riding the light rail with my brother to the World Series in 2007, a couple kids stuffed in like sardines on the train, in the concourse, and finally in the upper-deck seats. I also distinctly remember thinking: Where were all these fans in August?
Runs like Rocktober only come around once in blue moon. But the more Blue Moon that engaged Rockies fans consume in their seats, at Coors Field, over the next seven weeks — the better the chance for postseason baseball in LoDo.
— Kyle Newman, The Denver Post
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports