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NLDS Home Game 1
2007-10-05 21:13
by Mark T.R. Donohue

I wrote an editorial for Deadspin in the preseason about how the strongest argument for being a Rockies fan was that clearly there was no extrinsic value to becoming so whatsoever; diehard Rockies fans are the purest baseball fans there are because they give and give and give and realistically expect nothing.

But I was wrong. There was totally a benefit to supporting the Rockies loyally for the last four years and change: I now have a totally rad seat for every game Colorado will play at Coors during the postseason. The biggest ticket in Denver sports since the last time the Avs were in the Cup Finals, and I got one. Me! Before this year, whenever I wanted to go to a Rockies game I would take my acoustic guitar out to Pearl Street in Boulder and busk until I had enough money to pay for gas and an upper-deck seat. I've moved into a slightly higher income tax bracket this season and thus had a partial season ticket, but only one seat. I will be going by myself to each of the Rockies' postseason games, but I won't be going alone; I'll be carrying with me the hopes and well-wishes of a mounting bandwagon of Toaster readers. As more and more fans lose their horse in the World Series race, the higher the percentage of those viewers it is that turn their allegiances to Colorado. They're just super lovable. I'm not dumb enough to try fooling you guys by saying that I told you so (whatever, I've been the Rockies' single biggest naysayer for as long as I've lived in Boulder), but at least I know the players' names already. I was able to dazzle and surprise the guys sitting around me at the tiebreaker game Monday by successfully predicting which arm it would be for all 9 of the Rockies' pitching changes.

I keep going back and forth on stopping at the hardware store on the way to the game tomorrow and picking up a really nice old-fashioned straw broom. Would that be tempting the fates? Whatever, at this point the Rockies seem fateproof. If they win this series -- and I am not saying that they will, heaven forbid -- either matchup they could face in the NLCS would put all the pressure on the opposing team. Colorado is loose, they're lean, and they've got Ubaldo Jimenez and his tailing fastball that moves away from lefthanded hitters going against 400-year-old Jamie Moyer tomorrow.

Further proof that if there is perhaps no order there remains still justice in the universe: the Division Series on TBS gave baseball Dane Cook, Frank Caliendo, and the meaningless mood bracelet leadoff meter thingy, and baseball now might be giving TBS Rockies-Diamondbacks. Might be. It's too bad about the stupid flair, because on the whole TBS has been an improvement on ESPN, with a way higher percentage of intelligent, worthwhile analysts. Steve Stone should be calling a nationally televised game every day, he's so much better than most color guys -- the play-by-play guy will say something dumb, like about Willits stealing second in the current Angels-Red Sox game, and Stone won't yell or name-call, he'll just rationally explain why it's dumb. Steve, you still didn't deserve that Cy Young, but you can call my playoff games any time.

Wow, I am so excited to go to the game tomorrow that I can hardly sleep, but still I am glad that the Rockies got the late game in the Saturday NL playoff doubleheader. My seat in the rightfield boxes at Coors is (I maintain) the best view for the money in the pro game, but for a 5:00 start, the setting sun is directly in your eyes for the whole of a three-hour game. The Rockies don't normally don't start their home games at five and it comes as a relief that they won't have to tomorrow. Although I bet the sunlight coming over the mountains would reflect poignantly off of the shiny bristles of my new broom.

2007-10-05 21:40:07
1.   bhsportsguy
I've already said it but have fun, if you want to buy the broom and can get it in the stadium, go for it.

I'll be with Bob T. at the Rose Bowl but we'll be thinking about you.

2007-10-05 22:09:55
2.   Ali Nagib
Saturday Oct 6, 2007, Denver, CO
Sunset: 6:35 PM

2007-10-05 22:12:57
3.   Mark T.R. Donohue
2 See, they have this thing called "seasons," where....

Oh never mind.

2007-10-05 22:17:11
4.   Ken Arneson
FYI, Mark, most MLB parks have a broom size rule. Here's the rule for Coors:

Brooms - 6' maximum length

2007-10-05 22:23:52
5.   Mark T.R. Donohue
4 Wow. See, this is the kind of insider knowledge you can ONLY get at the Toaster.

Now I have to take a tape measure to the hardware store.

2007-10-05 22:24:34
6.   Mark T.R. Donohue
If I were Nigel Tufnel, I would be wondering awful hard about where I was going to get a six-inch broom right about now.
2007-10-05 22:28:05
7.   Ali Nagib
5 - You know what I'm pretty sure they sell at hardware stores? Tape measures.
2007-10-05 22:28:49
8.   Mark T.R. Donohue
7 Yeah, but how do I know for sure the ones they have are using the same inches and feet as the one I have at home that I am used to?
2007-10-05 22:34:50
9.   Johan
Mark, I want you to know that I brought a broom to Game 3 of the A's-Yankees 2001 Division Series after the A's had won the first two on the road.

That is why Jeremy Giambi didn't slide.

There is a precedent for brooms causing disaster.

2007-10-05 22:43:08
10.   Linkmeister
If you don't mind my asking, what did your playoff ticket cost? Or maybe, what does the non-season-ticket-holder's ticket cost?

I remember Roger Angell writing about WS fans and how they weren't the same people who attended all season, in part because corporations bought up blocks of tickets, but also because seats were so blasted expensive.

2007-10-05 22:59:25
11.   Mark T.R. Donohue
10 If the Rockies end up playing the maximum two home games in the DS, three in the CS, and three in the World Series, I am out a little less than $700. This is for one seat, for which I have the same rights as a full-season ticket holder (and the same price) even though I only was a 25-game plan guy.

For me, that's a lot of money, but I'm happy to pay it.

2007-10-05 23:01:47
12.   Mark T.R. Donohue
But yeah, worth mentioning -- those eight playoff games are more than the whole 25-game regular season plan, including Opening Day, the holiday fireworks games, the Cubs, and the Yankees combined.
2007-10-05 23:36:54
13.   Linkmeister
Thanks. Good thing you don't have a family of four.

That's a goodly amount of money to spend; on the other hand, it might be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

2007-10-06 00:08:32
14.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Yeah, I'm totally lucky right now; my parents are hopeless baseball fans who had no problem fronting me the money to reserve the tickets, my girlfriend is a sports person (sadly, football and not baseball, but still) and my job allows me to set my own hours. I'm sure there are a lot of very loyal poor Rockies fans who are S.O.L. right about now.
2007-10-06 05:20:05
15.   Sam DC
It's a heck of a fun bandwagon. Glad to be piling on,

Have a great day.

2007-10-06 05:44:26
16.   dianagramr

Boy I'm glad I wasn't drinking coffee when I read that ..... classic!

Rockies .... Stonehenge .... yeah .... there COULD be a connection.

2007-10-06 05:46:59
17.   Charenton

So they still allow busking on Pearl St in Boulder! Even with all the yuppification of Boulder over the last 20 years. I busked on Pearl St long before the Rockies(the team, not the mountains…) even existed in August/early September 1980 trying to get the money for a greyhound ticket to return to school in California after having spent August studying with guitarist Ralph Towner at the Naropa Institute (is it still located on Pearl St. ?)

2007-10-06 08:39:40
18.   das411
See? See this, Baseball Gods?!!? Old Man Moyer needs you help already tdoay...but now this!
2007-10-06 09:03:47
19.   Woden325
I've got my tickets for tonight: Section 143 row 20 on the aisle: $40. Similar seats are going for $230+ on (

Who'd have thought I'd be in a position to scalp my rockies tickets at a profit? Not that I'm going to.

2007-10-06 09:41:43
20.   psprowls
See you in the Right Field Box, Mark!

Section 107! I finally agree with you on something!

2007-10-06 23:19:53
21.   gabe
Glad you're finally happy, Mark.

I have to disagree though: sections L332-329 are the best view for the money in the big leagues. You're not that high at all, you can see the entire field, and it's the easiest section to track the ball off the bat.

2007-10-07 09:33:40
22.   psprowls
Good to meet you last night Mark!

Great win! See you in 107 next week!

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