Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
2007-10-29 12:48
by Mark T.R. Donohue

Baseball season is over.

No more baseball! For months!

I am inconsolable.

(It may be a few days until I recover enough to consider baseball rationally again. Until then, perhaps you might like to read this piece I wrote about a music festival in Colorado. The pictures will remind you how beautiful it is here, and how nice it really is to live in this place, like the weather today. It makes one start to suspect that perhaps there is indeed life beyond baseball, and November through February won't suck inclusively.)

(But only a little.)

2007-10-29 12:59:21
1.   dianagramr
Congrats on a great run. Your team ran into a buzzsaw.

(and at least your team doesn't have to deal with a drama queen like A-Rod)

2007-10-29 13:06:59
2.   Shaun P
Tis better to have gotten to the Serious and lost, than never to have gotten to the Serious at all.

I'm not sure I really believe that, but that's how I comforted myself after 2001 and 2003.

Of course, it didn't really work for me, but it might work for you Mark!

2007-10-29 13:26:47
3.   Mark T.R. Donohue
I wanted to BE the buzzsaw. When do I get to BE the buzzsaw?
2007-10-29 13:42:23
4.   Linkmeister
Mark, I found a few Colorado-related performances on YouTube and posted them as consolation:

2007-10-29 13:52:11
5.   blue22
3 - You were, for the better part of a month, the greatest buzzsaw anyone ever saw. It just ended a little too early.
2007-10-29 14:23:00
6.   rbs10025
My commiserations. I've been there and it sucks.

Two years ago I wept a tear or two of joy because Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell were finally going to go to the World Series.

Then the Astros got their butts kicked and friends were calling to make sure I wasn't going to slit my wrists.

2 Yes, 2001 also sucked. Getting swept is bad, but losing in the 9th of game 7.... oy.

2007-10-29 14:42:47
7.   Mattpat11
2 I'm not sure its better to get to the world series and be thoroughly crushed than anything.
2007-10-29 14:52:15
8.   Bob Timmermann
It's a lot better to get to the World Series than to never get there.

I don't think fans of teams appreciate that enough.

2007-10-29 15:05:24
9.   kinbote
no misery needed. the rockies' run was THE STORY in baseball this year. they won the pennant and look good headed into next year. congrats on a phenomenal year. (i think there's a big difference between just making the playoffs and winning the pennant--the pennant is forever.)
2007-10-29 15:33:52
10.   Josh Wilker
The Rockies have a lot to be proud of, and so do their fans. Those people never stopped making a ton of noise. Also a lot to look forward to for the Rockies: The team is going to contend for years to come, even if the freakishly gigantic gum-chewing muscle-bulge in Clint Hurdle's head ends up crushing his brain.
2007-10-29 15:38:42
11.   Josh Wilker
By the way, no disrespect intended to Hurdle in my above comment (I don't know much about him but he seems like a class act); I just could not get over how he seemed to gnaw so hard on a wad of gum the size of a Hefty bag that the lid of his cap violently bounced up and down.
2007-10-29 15:56:53
12.   D4P
Late at night I close my eyes
And think of how things could have been
And when I look back
I remember some words you had said to me
Its better to have lost at love
Then never to have loved at all
2007-10-29 16:00:27
13.   blue22
And, as a Dodger fan, I say to the Rockies: "Ok, let's see you do that again".
2007-10-29 18:37:11
14.   Bob Timmermann
As a Dodger fan, I say to the Rockies: "Can you tell me what it's like to win a playoff series?"
2007-10-29 18:37:39
15.   Chyll Will
11 At least he was chewing gum and not an unnatural substance that would enhance the performance of chewing or head-nodding (like Britney Spearmint)...

Congrats, Mark. You've got no reason to hang your head, and for a good long while your team actually was the buzzsaw. I think people will start taking Colorado a little more seriously now >;)

2007-10-29 21:57:12
16.   wait till next year cubbies
Great blog Mark. It was awesome having you in chicago last week, and don't tell the rest of the Hrabe/Donohue/Lynch family but i was pulling for the rockies. Also, non baseball related- i hope you can email me some of your bands music.
2007-10-31 05:46:33
17.   Yankee Fan In Boston
misery? your team had an unprecedented stretch run. you made it to the show with a young team that looks to be in the running for the foreseeable future. chin up. they just might get a few more chances at this.

i am glad that i got to see tulowitski and holliday play as much as i did. dang, they're good. and jiminez sure looks like he's something special.

your team copyrighted the term "rocktober" for a reason.

2007-11-01 09:29:30
18.   das411
Here's hoping this is the only time you see a Rockies season that ends this way Mark. You still might get a kick outta this though:

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