Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Rocky Mountain Way

Joe Walsh
"Rocky Mountain Way"

Spent the last year Rocky Mountain Way
Couldn't get much higher
Out to pasture
Think it's safe to say
Time to open fire
And we don't need the ladies
Crying 'cuz the storie's sad '
Cuz the Rocky Mountain Way
Is better than the way we had
Well he's tellin' us this
And he's tellin' us that
Changes it every day
Say's it doesn't matter
Bases are loaded and Casey's at bat
Playin' it play by play
Time to change the batter
And we don't need the ladies
Crying 'cuz the storie's sad, uh huh
Rocky Moutain Way
Is better than the way we had
Hey, hey, hey, hey

The Rockies must win the World Series. They must. And if all possible, I would like to have them win in four games. Because if that were to happen, it would be the greatest sports moment in my life. And I'm a Royals fan. This is the classic underdog story. Within five years, Daniel Day-Lewis will be playing Todd Helton in "Rocktoberfest: The Story of the 2007 Colorado Rockies". Kirsten Dunst will probably be playing Eric Byrnes. In ten years, I'll be on the edge of my seat watching the Rockies/Padres re-run on ESPN Classic, explaining to my son how, against all odds, men such has Troy Tulowitzki and Yorvit Torrealba led Colorado to the promised land. And I'll probably start crying.>
It wasn't until Monday night that the Rockies showed the world that they are the team to beat. Their 6-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks was their 21st win in 22 games, and they are heading to the World Series having won their first seven postseason games, a feat only matched by the 1976 Big Red Machine. Oh, and Cincinnati ended up sweeping the Yankees in the World Series that year, by the way. Time will tell if this Rockies team will have as cool as a nickname as the Reds did, but one thing is for certain: the Indians and Red Sox want no part of them. Colorado will be good and rested by the time the ALCS wraps up, but don't expect these mountain boys to get cold any time soon. The only game they've lost in the last 30 days was against Brandon Webb, a front runner for the NL Cy Young. While Cleveland and Boston has a pair of Cy Young candidates in C.C. Sabathia and Josh Beckett, the Rockies have about 20 candidates for MVP. In the days of free agency and million dollar contracts, only the 2004 Red Sox have come close to matching the idea of a "team" that Rockies manager Clint Hurdle has put together. This is their series. Have fun trying to take it from them.


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