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The Yankees Are Here
2007-06-19 09:00
by Mark T.R. Donohue

I don't want to write about this series. I'm not even sure if I really want to go. I have a ticket to the game tonight, but I'm considering eating it. I don't really know if I care to see Coors Field full of another team's fans. Maybe I felt sure that the excess 20,000 people or so who will be at the park the next three days were real, true-blue Yankee fans, it wouldn't be so bad, but mostly it's going to be the curiosity factor motivating the generation or so of locals who have completely opted out on Rockies baseball and are just turning up for this one series. I don't like you people. Leave me and my miserable baseball team alone.

Trouble is, the Rockies haven't been miserable at all lately. Had they managed to finish off their series with those perpetually on-the-rise Devil Rays with a sweep, you might even say that this series matched the hottest team in the American League with the hottest in the NL. That didn't happen though, as Colorado blinked in losing 7-4 to Tampa Bay on Sunday. It's an open question as to whether the young team will be galvanized or intimidated with people actually sitting in Coors' normally abandoned mezzanine and outfield upper deck seats. Seems to me as if a you-may-have-heard-of-them-before New York pitching trio of Mike Mussina, Andy Pettite, and Roger Clemens might spell a series defeat, but be sure to prepare many competing overreactions for what surely isn't any more or less significant than any other home three-game series this year. Josh Fogg, Jeff Francis, and Rodrigo Lopez will pitch for Colorado, in that order.

I still don't know if I'm going to the game tonight. It doesn't seem like I would enjoy myself very much, and that's why I traditionally go to baseball games. I do enjoy spite for its own sake more than most people, which I suppose explains in part why I'm a Rockies fan.

2007-06-19 09:41:15
1.   BruceR
Mark, would you enjoy yourself if they played as well as they did in Boston? That chance (which I'm guessing you'll say is 0%) alone should be enough to get you there tonight. Go, you've got the ticket.
2007-06-19 14:05:18
2.   Brendan
You sit through all the other crud games and you don't go to this one? that is crazy. You might be surprised at the passion that the rockies fans exhibit at this game. It might turn out badly and piss you off but it won't be boring.
2007-06-19 15:40:49
3.   Mark T.R. Donohue
2 If they only go to one series a year, they're not Rockies fans.
2007-06-19 16:18:50
4.   RIYank
An informal poll at Bronx Banter has determined that MTRD ought to go to the game. You'll get to see Andy Phillips! Though probably you'll have to peek into the dugout to do it.
2007-06-19 17:04:17
5.   mikeplugh
Where da party at? Who brought the Rocky Mountain Oysters?
2007-06-19 17:47:24
6.   David Arnott
On the bright side, the Rox still have a shred of faith, and Tim Lincecum has fallen behind 6-0 in the third inning to the Brewers. Matt Holliday, Garrett Atkins, Brad Hawpe, Todd Helton, and Tulo are all arguably at least as good as the Giants second-best position player (Klesko? Winn?) and only Helton won't definitely be better than the non-Bonds Giants moving forward.

3 Not a good idea to equate that particular disposable income choice with fandom. If a Rox fan has to choose one game to attend in a season, I wouldn't really blame 'em for choosing a Yankees game.

2007-06-19 18:22:07
7.   mikeplugh
Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. Rocky Mountain high. Is anyone going to comment during the game over here?
2007-06-19 18:31:19
8.   mikeplugh
Is Wil Nieves on the Rockies payroll this year?
2007-06-19 21:04:03
9.   RIYank
Curse you, Josh Fogg!
2007-06-19 21:43:22
10.   BruceR
There now Mark, was it all that bad ???

Great job all with the grass roots movement to "Get MTRD to the Ballpark" (tm) !!!

{/ hoping it worked /}

2007-06-19 22:15:38
11.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Dear grass roots movement:

You were successful. I went to the game. It was interesting how that except for Jeter's at-bats (wild cheers) and A-Rod's (guess), it was just about as quiet as a regular Rockies game, only with way fewer empty seats.

2007-06-20 07:13:42
12.   Kels
You know what else was quiet? The Yankee fans after the 8th inning...

I had a great time at the game, go rox.

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