Here's a new one: The Colorado Rockies are the best team in baseball (over the last month).
On Thursday, the Rockies did the unthinkable by sweeping the New York Yankees. A series of words I didn't think I would ever hear in my lifetime. But reality is often stranger than fiction, and in this case its true. But you should look beyond the sweep of the Yanks for reason to be excited. What about beating Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, Mike Mussina, Andy Pettite and Roger Clemens in five successive games. Timely hitting, great defense (#1 in MLB) and great pitching have combined to make the Rockies a fun team to watch these days.
I have spent a good portion of the past few days driving up and down I-25 listening to sports talk radio in Denver and Colorado Springs. For the first time since the late 1990's, Rockies baseball matters. The local talk shows are actually filling their shows with "Rocky Talk." The bandwagon is filling up so jump aboard.
So often, "bandwagon" fans are criticized for what is perceived as disloyalty. The idea that if your not "with the team through thick and thin, you're not a true fan." That is bogus. Most fans don't have the time, money or energy to invest in a team that is not worth watching. We are busy people. Jobs, kids and the past pace of every day life doesn't lend itself to making time for inconsequential things. For a decade the Colorado Rockies have been just that, Inconsequential (attendance doesn't lie). But this team IS worth watching and you shouldn't feel bad about jumping aboard the bandwagon. It could be a fun ride.
Now, with that said.... The Colorado Rockies will not make the playoffs this year. They are outmatched by the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers (especially pitching). Eventually the Rox will wear down over 162 games. But this team is building something special. Homegrown kids like Matt Holliday, Brad Hawpe, Troy Tulowitzki, Garrett Atkins, Todd Helton, Aaron Cook and Jeff Francis make you feel like the Rockies commitment is paying off . Perhaps it is time for the fans to recommit to baseball in Colorado. This state has been starving for good baseball for over a decade. Its finally here! Just don't miss the wagon as it pulls out of the station. There's plenty of room for everybody.
Until next time, keep living the dream.
Jesse Kurtz, KKTV Sports Anchor/Reporter