If you thought there was a dearth of information about the Colorado Rockies last weekend, it is even worse this weekend as all of baseball focuses on the World Series. Rather than repost stories about the the Rockies firing their pitching coaches or how three Rockies are up for awards, I will provide an article about a former Rockie and an apology to the Kansas City Royals and their fans.
Between how Jeremy Guthrie pitched last night and how well Marco Scutaro did for the Giants two years ago, I now remember why I was so hopeful for the 2012 version of the Colorado Rockies. The fact that we trade both of those players for basically a bag of baseballs partly explains the build-up of frustration that led to the shakeup in leadership this fall.
Now, on to my apology. I apologize to Royals fans for keeping their team from sweeping through the postseason. I know that you probably think that it was James Shields fault or perhaps Madison Bumgarner's excellent pitching that gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the series back on Tuesday. In reality, it was my presence at the game and me cheering for the Royals that caused them to lose. Don't believe me? Here is my record for watching baseball games this year.
I went to the Rockies games in Kansas City-two losses. I traveled out to Denver for Todd Helton's number retiring weekend in August. I didn't make it to Friday night's game but was in town for the Saturday game, result-first game I have ever heard of being canceled for a water main break. That takes us to the number retiring game on Sunday. Due to the retirement ceremony and a slight rain delay, the game was going long and the Rockies were down 7-3. They scored two in the seventh and it was looking like there was a chance of a comeback. After they gave up two runs in the top of the ninth it wasn't looking good though.
I had to be back to work on Monday afternoon, so my daughter and I decided to head out and start the long drive back to Missouri. Only when I left the stadium were the Rockies able to mount a comeback, scoring five runs in the ninth to win the game. I then had to listen to the makeup game from the day before while Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle.
This was not the end of my bad luck though. I went to two more Royals games after that, rooting for KC in each of them. The first was the game that was rained out in the tenth with the Royals losing to the Indians, they wouldn't be able to make up for my bad luck when they finished the game a couple of weeks later in Cleveland. The other game also had rain, and my friends and I left during the rain. We watched the rest of the game from a local sports bar and the Royals were able to come back from an early deficit to win that game.
For the sake of Royals fans, I wish that I would have realized this prior to sitting in the stands for Game 1. I promise to any that have read this that I will not attend Games 6 or 7, if they are needed. I doubt they will be though, as without me in the stadium, the Giants don't stand a chance. Go Rockies, Go Royals, and ____ the Giants.