Colorado Rockies, the Team of Destiny


Tony Yin writes, After days of excitement made by the Rockies, I wanted to research about the Rockies’s history.

After days of excitement made by the Rockies, I wanted to research about the Rockies’s history. The Rockies only have a short history as a member of the MLB. The first game in Rockies history was played on April 5, 1993, against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. Despite a horrible season finishing with a 39-42 record, the Rockies saw a home attendance of 4,483,350 for the season, setting a league record which still stands today. Like most of the expansion franchises, the Rockies struggled during their first few years. Fortunately, with Larry Walker, Vinny Castilla, Dante Bichette, and AndrĂ©s Galarraga, the Rockies made it to the playoffs for the first time in franchise record in 1995. After clinching the wild card, they lost to the Atlanta Braves 3-1, ending their first playoff run. In 1995, the opening of Coors field also took place.Unfortunately, the first playoff berth for the Rockies would also be a last for a long period of time until this year’s miraculous run. In those terrible years full of struggle, the Rockies were mostly below .500 and sometimes barely over .500. In addition, Denver residents are also close to losing their love for the home team. During these years, the attendance to Rockies games has dropped dramatically, decreasing from 55,350 per game to 28,978 per game. This is almost a 50% drop! This franchise has also been in a struggle along with the team. Rockies are almost out of money caused by the decrease in attendance and increase on players’ salaries. Luckily, the lack of money brought in many new players about to shine in the MLB. That is when Generation-R started, making a fresh era for the struggling Rockies.Generation-R has brought hopes of success to this franchise. The Rockies are in the play-offs for the first time in 12 years. This miraculous run started on September 1st, when the Rockies trailed the Padres for the wild-card by six games. Rockies shot up with one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history. They were a major-league best 20-8 in September, winning 13 of their last 14 games in regular season. When regular season ended, the Rockies were in a tie with the Padres for the wild card. Of course, the Rockies won that game 9-8, completing the fifth greatest regular season comeback in Major League Baseball history. Unfortunately, this amazing run came to a stop in this World Series against the Redsox. They were embarrassingly swept.At least there is great potential in this Rockies team. I think with time and practice, the Rockies could be a major contender in the future.


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