Ripping media members is not really my thing, so I’m going to refrain from using names here. This morning, in a certain news medium that serves this fair burgh, it was suggested that the Rockies need to abandon the humidor. It was implied that this team, in its current state, is not worth the price of admission. However, if they were to turn Coors Field back into a baseball circus, they would be fielding a better product. Or something like that.
This kind of reasoning is incredibly flawed. First of all, even since the humidor was introduced, Coors has remained a hitters’ park. One bad stretch of offense doesn’t change that. May was a very fluky month for the Rox. They can still score at home, something we’ve seen play out during this home stand.
It’s also ridiculous to declare that the Rockies no longer maintain a home field advantage because they haven’t played well over their first thirty-one games. There is a pretty long track record that indicates otherwise. Despite their bad start at home this year, Coors is still a very tough place to play. Opponents have to adjust to the physical demands of playing in altitude. It’s particularly hard on pitchers. They have to throw their breaking stuff differently and a start at Coors takes a much larger physical toll than anywhere else. I can promise you that the Dodgers, Giants, and Padres still hate coming to Denver. Also, last I checked, Coors’ nature as an extreme hitters’ park probably cost Cargo the MVP last year. There is absolutely no need to compound the stigma.
My biggest problem with the article centers around the author’s attempts to justify abandonment of this team. I absolutely loathe that kind of mentality. Giving up on a talented team before the season is even half way over is despicable. So what if the staff ace has struggled and the bats have been cold. If the Rockies have taught us anything over the last four years, it’s that they’re streaky as hell and they always have a pulse.
The other side of it is that even if they don’t make the playoffs this year, they still deserve our support. Certainly, they’ve made their fair share of bad decisions this year, but it’s not like we’re dealing with the Dodgers and the McCourts. Coors Field is a fantastic place to watch a baseball game. It’s beautiful, inviting, and most importantly, safe. Also, we have a potential Hall of Fame shortstop playing out his prime every night in our city. That alone is worth the price of admission. As fans, our dedication to this team should not be predicated on playoff appearances alone. As long as they’re trying to remain competitive, I’ll be on board.
If the author has no time for quality baseball and solid pitching, maybe he should watch a different sport. The last thing we need right now is the Rockies losing games in the ninth inning because it’s impossible to keep a pop-up in the yard.
I’m curious, does anyone actually prefer the pre-humidor days? If so, I’d like to hear what you have to say in the comments section.
Disagree or have something to add? As always, comments are welcome.