Amid Colorado Rockies’ Woes, Arenado Era Begins

After a Colorado Rockies victory, it’s a common sight—Nolan Arenado holding audience with the assembled media in the clubhouse. In his third Major League season, Arenado’s maturity at the plate is reflected in his thoughtful answers to questions about unbelievable fielding plays and rising home run totals. At 24 years of age, the two-time Gold Glove winner is trying to carry the Rockies to higher ground. It’s his team after all.

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Rockies 162: A Tweet a Game

The #Rox162 project captures the reason each Colorado Rockies game is memorable in their 2015 campaign with a single tweet.

With 162 games, the individual games within a baseball season can run together. However, even the seemingly random games have moments that fans remember months later. While no one is picking the Colorado Rockies to make the World Series, the #Rox162 project captures the reason each Rockies game is memorable in their 2015 campaign with a single tweet. To suggest future summaries send tweets to @DerekinDenver with the hashtag #Rox162

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The Joy of the Rockies’ Opening Day

You can find reasons to admonish almost everything about the Colorado Rockies—from the mascot to the management. But you must admit, Denver does opening day right. Fans literally paint the town purple as though they are paying homage to Katharine Lee Bates’s famous line in “America the Beautiful”: “For purple mountain majesties.” Fans pack LoDo bars hours before the first pitch, then stroll down to the local diamond—Coors Field. While Dinger is the unwelcome relative at the party, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” greets your ears like an old friend. Patrons pack the park from the rooftop bar to the outfield concourse in hopes of a home run and a Rockies victory.

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Colorado Rockies’ Starting Pitching Is a Purple Haze

A dark cloud engulfed Colorado Rockies fans last summer as the Mile High City met another lost season with resignation. Since 2009’s playoff berth, this sense of defeat is a summer ritual in Denver. Usually, spring training and the Arizona temperatures burn off some of the haze and inject optimism into the club. This year, the trucks carrying the team’s gear have not yet returned from spring training, and already I’m seeing little hope for the 2015 Rockies.

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Todd Helton, The Colorado Rockies Last Great Cowboy

Todd Helton could have as easily gone down as the last great cowboy of the west instead of the greatest Colorado Rockies player of all time. Yes, he loves the outdoor hunting and ranch life, but it’s more in the way he carries himself. Helton’s patience at the plate is similar to that of a great leading man in a western taking his time, serving as the shadow of the law. In Colorado, Helton has been the stoic first baseman as everyone around him moves. Continue reading “Todd Helton, The Colorado Rockies Last Great Cowboy”

Colorado Rockies Fans Looking to Re-live 2007, It’s Time to Jump Ship

Following up the All-Star Break’s initial disappointing 5-5 home stand followed by an even harder to watch 1-9 road trip, the Colorado Rockies 2013 season appears to be walking the plank. With most Denver sports fans far more concerned with whom the Broncos starting center is two weeks into training camp, it appears that like Elvis, baseball has left the building in the Rocky Mountains. But for those baseball fans that are still looking for a team to cheer on as the summer winds down, there is another bandwagon to hop aboard, or should I say ship to stow away on. Continue reading “Colorado Rockies Fans Looking to Re-live 2007, It’s Time to Jump Ship”

The Colorado All-Star Roster From Manning to Tulo

The Major League Baseball All-Star game is the last exhibition of star talents that still holds great weight. The NFL’s Pro Bowl and NHL’s talented contests are little more than skills competitions, while the NBA continues to align all-star rosters to a few teams. While MLB may foolishly decide home field advantage in the World Series based on this game, the games classic matchups continue to provide a mystical quality in the combining of National League rosters versus the American League. Continue reading “The Colorado All-Star Roster From Manning to Tulo”

The Floundering Attempt at Intellectual and Unique Sports Coverage

In the Sports World, there’s never a shortage of opinions. There is 24-hour television coverage compete with talking heads; radio stations from coast-to-coast allow hosts to scream out their opinions, while thousands of writers blog into the night like they were the last Pope to greet the masses at the Vatican. Continue reading “The Floundering Attempt at Intellectual and Unique Sports Coverage”

The Fourth of July, The Greatest Thing That Ever Happened

Independence Day, a day so engrained in every American’s mind, we simply call it the Fourth of July. The day invokes scenes of a nation partying once a year, like Gatsby’s summer guests in line for a grand celebration—soaked in hot dogs, beer and watermelon. Fireworks light up the night as we toast the grand experiment of freedom and supremacy. We celebrate our ancestors, our service men and our pioneer spirit in the grand exercise of democracy. Continue reading “The Fourth of July, The Greatest Thing That Ever Happened”

Colorado Rockies Underwhelming Offense Cannot Lift Team to All-Star Break

The Colorado Rockies return home with black and purple bruises hidden only by their uniforms. A nine game 2-7 road trip mercifully ended, with five games swept by the American League Boston Red Sox and Toronto Bluejays. With 17 games between the Rockies and the All-Star Break, a strong seven-game home stand and passable ten-game road trip could keep the team in contention in the National League West. Gasping for air, can Michael Cuddyer and the Rockies keep the team alive until some midsummer relief?
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