Apparently 9 innings of the 163rd game of the season just wasn’t enough. In fact, 10, 11, and 12 weren’t enough either. As I sat in front of my television last night watching the fantastic showdown between two teams fighting with everything they had to get to the post season, I couldn’t help but keep thinking: “the Rockies are going to win this.”
This was even after Adrian Gonzalez’s grand slam early. This was even after San Diego’s bullpen (who just happened to have the lowest ERA of any bullpen in baseball at 3.00) kept the loud Rockies’ bats quiet for 5 2/3 innings. This was even after Scott Hairston’s two-run homer in the top of the 13th inning. So why despite all of this did I keep thinking the Rockies were going to do this?
The Colorado Rockies haven’t shown me anything over the past 14 games (in which they won 13) to lead me to think anything otherwise. They were on a historic roll going towards the post season, they have the man who would be NL Rookie of the Year if it weren’t for Ryan Braun in Troy Tulowitzki, and they have the man who I think thrust himself past Jimmy Rollins in many’s eyes last night towards the NL MVP in Matt Holliday. Meanwhile the Padres limped into the playoffs losing their final two clinch-able games and they didn’t have two of their defensive/offensive weapons in Milton Bradley and Mike Cameron. It just didn’t seem to fit.
Well the Rockies showed the world why no one should have doubted them. They gave themselves even more momentum (if that was possible) heading into the playoffs. Now they get to face off against the second hottest team in the National League with Philadelphia. Should be an emotional series.
Games like that don’t happen very often. We don’t get to see a “win-and-you’re-in” game very often. We also don’t get to see an incredibly emotional game like that very often either. We also don’t get to see a man who probably doesn’t get all the press he deserves, in Matt Holliday, lock in his first batting title and RBI crown and hopefully even his first MVP. Last night was an excellent pump-up game for all of us for the 2007 playoffs.
It’s just too bad it doesn’t start tonight.
Editor’s Note: I just wanted to mention quickly what we are looking at for the next couple of days. Tonight I will be unrolling The Diamond Cutter 2008 top 25 prospect list that everyone has been eagerly awaiting. Then, tomorrow morning, I will have a preview of the NL playoff games that begin tomorrow night.
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