The Tampa Bay Rays took their first American League crown in 2008, just one year after the Rockies took their first in the National League. As Tampa Bay currently rides out their second trip to the World Series, Rockies fans are left to wonder just how long it will be until a second trip of their own.
If World Series odds were based on sheer probability (a huge understatement, of course), MLB teams would have a 1-in-30 chance at winning a title. A pennant every 15 years is on pace with that probability, so Colorado’s NL pennant in their 15th year was right on cue. If the next World Series berth is also on probabilistic cue, the Rockies would expect it to come on their 30th anniversary in 2022.
If the first pennant gives a franchise an expectation, where would the Rockies be if they never had one? If they don’t make it back for a while, does that expectation disappear?
Of the four most recent MLB expansion teams (Colorado, Miami, Tampa Bay, Arizona), only the Rockies and Rays have yet to win a championship. Tampa Bay’s second pennant this year put them above Colorado’s one, of course, but one trip is far more significant than zero. 2007 was the year that showed fans how big the stage could be at 20th and Blake.
If the Rays win the World Series, they will leave the six-team group that has yet to win a title. Colorado is included on that list along with Milwaukee, Texas, Seattle and San Diego. Those teams have all made great runs of their own, but their existence has been shrouded in those trips being few and far between. The Mariners are the only MLB franchise that hasn’t won a pennant.
For the Brewers, their prestigious run came in 1982 (with respect to a seven-game 2018 ALCS). The Padres earned their way to the 1984 and 1998 NL pennant. The Rangers earned back-to-back World Series trips in 2010 and 2011 (and it took them 35 years from franchise inception to even make the playoffs). The Mariners earned a record 116 regular season wins in 2001 before falling to the Yankees in a five-game ALCS.
Although it was Boston’s Jonathan Papelbon jumping as high as a fourteener on October 28, 2007, the final pitch of the year was thrown in Colorado. For the Rockies, that alone is worth more than 28 other teams that year. If a trip to the Series is a prerequisite for team recognition (with all due respect to Seattle), Colorado finally earned their ticket to the dance, aptly dressed as a new kid in purple.
If 2007 were erased, Colorado wouldn’t have a series victory in the postseason. How would history then define the Rockies?
The taste of the World Series has now turned 13 for Rockies fans. If the first pennant does indeed create an expectation, how often should fans come to expect it?
As a fan, how frequent do the Rockies need to make the World Series to keep you reasonably satisfied?
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What if the pandemic-shortened season was 2007?
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World Series shows why SF Giants don’t need to prioritize adding a high-profile closer | The Mercury News
The Bay Area-based Mercury News features this writeup from a Giants perspective. They cite Colorado’s Davis/McGee/Shaw bullpen struggles as another reason the Dodgers’ “closer by committee” in the World Series could be a desirable full-time strategy. Dodger reliever Kenley Jansen, a perennial closer for years, did not pitch in a Game 5 save situation.
If San Francisco were to elect this approach in a pitcher-friendly Oracle Park, the strategy would be perhaps even more advantageous at Coors Field. Such a provision could be timely in Colorado now that Davis, McGee and Shaw are off the books.
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