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Remembering Rocktober: Play-In Game Between the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies, Part 1

Welcome to the most important day in Colorado Rockies' history since the first pitch was thrown to a Rockies batter! With a little help from the Tony Gwynn, Jr. and the Milwaukee Brewers against the San Diego Padres over the weekend and the Rockies' will to win the final two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Rockies and Padres had to settle things in Denver to determine the Wild Card winner.

Here's last year's Rockpile. I don't recall why I was doing the Rockpile that day, since I only started doing Mondays in the middle of this July. The first of my three comments in that entry makes some more sense if you've read the first entry in this series.

Anyway, the anticipation was enormous. Winner takes the wild card and a trip to the postseason. Lose, in the Rockies' case, and see those last weeks of September be for naught. Oh, and it would be the first time in 2007 that the Rockies were on a national broadcast. Nothing like losing to millions of eyes glued to a TV screen for your first national TV appearance all season.

I thought I was going to miss the first hour of the game because I had class from 6:30-8:10 (ET, of course), but when I arrived at the room my class was held in there was a cancelled note on the door. That surely had to be a sign of something good happening later that night.

We waited.

Use this entry to discuss everything leading up to the game. Later in the day I'll have an entry for the game itself and quote some comments from the game thread. After that we'll have the video of the most important play in Rockies' history up.