Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Colorado: The historic run, and checking out the last loss
It seems like forever ago.
The Colorado Rockies have won 21 of 22 games and seven straight in the postseason to earn the franchise's first ever World Series berth.
A lot of us sports and MLB fans are caught up in this 'Rocktober Fever' and for good reason. The run has been improbable, majestic, and some believe even divine.
Many of us probably can't even name when and to whom the Rockies last suffered a loss.
Strange that it was a 4-2 defeat against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who the Rockies closed out last night in a four-game sweep of the NLCS. The game was played on Sept. 29 and, ironically, the victory clinched a postseason berth for the Diamondbacks.
The winner was 2006 NL Cy Young winner Brandon Webb, who went seven innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. Stephen Drew led the DBacks with three hits and Conor Jackson tallied two RBI.
The loss fell on the shoulders of Jeff Francis, who's won two games this postseason. Francis went six innings, allowed seven hits and four runs in the loss. Brad Hawpe and Matt Holliday each had an RBI.
But that seems like forever ago (for those who actually remember) and now we wait for the outcome of the ALCS between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox. The Tribe lead 2-1 and Game 4 is tonight in Cleveland. Does it really matter who wins this series, though? I mean, not just because the Rockies are on a historic tear, but will anyone outside of Boston or Cleveland (or maybe Philadelphia or Glendale) actually not root for Colorado? How can anyone not?