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Eric Byrnes Is Clown Shoes
2007-10-14 08:21
by Mark T.R. Donohue

Big, floppy ones, with a fright wig and honking red nose to go with them. Who does this guy think he is? It took the Diamondbacks the entire season to win my reluctant respect, now it's taken them all of two home games and one off day to permanently lose it. What a bunch of whining little kids. Bob Melvin is still talking about the (self-evidently correct) Upton call. If you look at any of the news stories on regarding the NLCS, a gigantic banner ad will fill the entire right-hand side of your screen announcing that good seats are still available for all the games at Chase Field. Needless to say, a corresponding ad for Coors Field would serve no purpose. Even with an evening of freezing rain and sobering wind chill facing them, fans in Denver are paying premium rates for the right to possibly not see an official game tonight. If Game 3 is rained out and it's even more miserable tomorrow night, Coors will still be full.

I don't know if you can make a case for Denver as a great baseball town, as the Post is now trying hastily to do, but at the very least the desire is there, and frustrated fans who haven't paid attention to Colorado since the franchise was in its infancy are working out their guilt while they try and make up for all that lost time. It's going to be roaring tonight. The colder, the better.

And the national media still is a little slow on the uptake. Here's SI's John Donovan: "The NLCS now moves to Denver for the first postseason game in that city -- not counting Game No. 163 that earned the Rockies their ticket into this postseason -- since 1995."

Um. What about Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS? Could have sworn I was there, but it could have been a collective delusion of 50,000 people -- it's been that kind of autumn in Denver.

2007-10-14 10:39:43
1.   yankz
I've thought Byrnes was a clown since he started doing his ridiculous work with FOX this season. But then again, I get really annoyed at athletes who can't just shut up and play.
2007-10-14 10:54:54
2.   Linkmeister
Donovan might have specified baseball, too; I'm reasonably sure the Broncos and Nuggets have played a few postseason games in Denver, and isn't there a hockey team there which won a Stanley Cup a few years ago?

(Disclosure: my maternal grandmother is buried in Denver; I take slight (very slight) umbrage when the city's dissed.)

2007-10-14 10:56:42
3.   Philip Michaels
Ah, Eric Byrnes -- the Oakland A's gift to the rest of the world.

No givebacks, by the way.

2007-10-14 11:16:07
4.   Bob Timmermann
The Colorado Avalanche have won TWO Stanley Cups.
2007-10-14 12:10:43
5.   Ken Arneson
Are you sure you're not confusing Eric Byrnes with Bobby Kielty?

2007-10-14 12:17:43
6.   RZG
I don't have a dog in this fight but you've been the one who's coming off as the whiner. I was hoping the Rockies would take the series but all you've been writing about lately is "woe is me, no one respects us". Makes it tough for me to be happy for the Rockies' success.
2007-10-14 13:00:20
7.   gpellamjr
6 I don't see it.
2007-10-14 13:49:38
8.   Bluebleeder87
I can picture little kids in Denver dreaming of one day being Tulo or Holliday in the long term/big picture you can't help but love this if your a baseball fan. I'm just happy some other team is in the dance instead of the regular power houses in baseball, & the fact that they have 2 legitimate young power arms in there rotation only solidifies the fact that they'll be a contender for a good long while, baring injury of course.
2007-10-14 15:04:48
9.   Bob Timmermann
I still think more kids in Denver dream of becoming John Elway or Terrell Davis or even Karl Mecklenburg.
2007-10-14 15:11:52
10.   Mark T.R. Donohue
9 Not me. I want to be Jeff Francis when I grow up.
2007-10-14 16:22:14
11.   Bluebleeder87

Those kids are all grown up & John Elway has been retired for a while no? (I don't fallow football but he looks pretty old in commercial...) I'm talking about the new crop of kids. If they (the Rox) keep it up I'm positive it will have a good affect in Denver baseball

2007-10-15 09:05:34
12.   Woden325
11 John Elway is still a godlike figure in Colorado. Before the NLDS game 3, the crowd went nuts when they showed Elway on the JumboTron wearing a Rockies jersey.

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