One of the newer teams within professional baseball, the Colorado Rockies came to Denver to roaring approval by the local support! There had been several unsuccessful attempts to bring a team to the area over the years, but in 1991 the city was ready after financial plans were put in place to create a new stadium. Nevertheless, the team would play their first few seasons at the local football stadium for the Denver Broncos, Mile High Stadium. Due its massive size, the 1993 Colorado Rockies were able to set the all time MLB season attendance record with 4,483,350!
But the win-loss column would not fare so well, as is typical for expansion teams in their early years. At 67-95, Colorado was well off the playoff pace. However, several Rockies players had strong inaugural years, including Andres Galarraga and Joe Girardi.
In 1995, the Rockies opened their current home of Coors Field. One of the league’s finest stadiums, it seats 50,000 spectators and is a hitter’s paradise (due slightly to the thin air at Denver’s high altitude). Inspired by their new stadium, the 1995 team would go on to earn the Colorado Rockies’ first trip to the MLB playoffs! Several hitters had great years including Vinny Castilla, Dante Bichette, and Larry Walker, who each had season batting averages over .300 and blasted over 30 home runs on the season. The hitting group became known as the “Blake Street Bombers” for their bombing home run hits! Their pitching staff performing adequately, the Rockies earned the wildcard spot for the postseason and earned their first October trip! Unfortunately a World Series appearance remained out of reach as the eventual champion Atlanta Braves knocked them out of the NLDS, but a taste of the big time was inspirational for Colorado and their fans!
Great hitters kept the team competitive for the rest of the decade with big years by guys like Ellis Burks, but injuries to pitchers kept the team from unable to contend. Around this time the club drafted Todd Helton, who would become the team’s premier first baseman for over a decade. After many great years, Helton just retired in 2013 after amassing 2,519 hits and 5 All-Star appearances in a distinguished career.
The early part of the new millennium was a struggle for the Colorado Rockies, but several key members soon became part of the squad, including the big time hitter Matt Holliday. In 2007, the team battled with other National League West clubs for the postseason. Eventually finishing tied with the San Diego Padres for the wildcard spot after a late-season charge, the teams engaged in one of the Rockies’ most memorable games. With 1 game to decide the season, the Rockies fell behind in the 13th inning only for Troy Tulowitski, Kazuo Matsui, Holliday, and Helton to save the day and the season! The Rockies roared on to the 2007 World Series, but unfortunately were swept by the Boston Red Sox.
A strong run in 2009 brought the Rockies back to the playoffs, but they would lose in the first round to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rockies have yet to reach the playoffs since, but with exciting new players like Michael Cuddyer and Nolan Arenado the future looks bright. It shouldn’t be long before the Colorado Rockies find the ultimate glory and claim that first World Series title!
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