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Why I’m a fan of the Rockies

I shared my story a couple of years ago. Now share yours for a chance at an awesome prize.

Welcome to the refreshed Purple Row! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card [contest rules]. We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us!

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The managers for each of the SB Nation MLB sites were asked to write a post about why they’re a fan of the team they eventually chose to cover. A couple of years ago, during a time that certainly felt like—and was soon proven to be—a crossroads for the Colorado Rockies organization, I felt the need to remind myself of why I was sticking with the team I love.

Perhaps feeling inspired by my story, many of you did the same. To this day, it remains some of the best community interaction we’ve ever had on the site.

Fast forward to now, and the Rockies are in the midst of their best-ever start to a season, sitting on top of the National League West with a 31-17 record. With that, we’re seeing some new fans—and maybe some others who once loved this team as much as the rest of us and are just now learning to trust it again.

Rather than rehash my story (you can read the link above if you’re curious), I want to know: why are you a fan of the Rockies? What’s your story? Have you always been a diehard? Are you new? Are you one of those returnees trying to teach yourself how to trust the organization once again?

Let us know your story via FanPost, in 800 words or fewer. We’ll share the best responses on social and possibly add some to the front cover in addition to keeping them in one place network-wide. You’ll also have a chance to win what basically amounts to an online shopping spree via Fanatics so you can finally get yourself a Chuck Blackmon jersey!

Best of luck to everyone who participates, and enjoy our new look!

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. SB Nation Why Are You a Fan Contributor Sweepstakes starts on 8:00am ET on May 25, 2017 and ends at 11:59pm ET on June 8, 2017. Open only to authorized SB Nation contributors who are legal residents of the United States, 18 years or older. Click here for Official Rules and complete details, including entry instructions, odds of winning, alternative method of entry, prize details and restrictions, etc. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Sponsor: Vox Media, Inc.