A Brief History of the Colorado Rockies

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The Colorado Rockies fan base has grown exponentially since the overwhelming achievements that they attained in 2007 season nicknamed “Rocktober.” Denver’s own Rockies were the first team in Major League Baseball to sweep both the division series and league championship in the same post season with an astonishing 21-1 given their past records.

The 2007 World Series was met with devoted Rockies fans and the country cheering for the underdog against the notorious Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately for Colorado fans, the Red Sox swept the Rockies in only four games.

Fortunately for the Rockies, the love of all-American baseball grew regardless and fans are evermore eager to visit one of the more popular attractions in Denver, Coors Field.

Baseball has its roots in an English game called “rounders.” This began in the 19th century and was called “townball”, “base”, or “baseball.” In 1858, the National Association of Base Ball Players was born.

The Colorado Rockies team is fairly young as it was established in 1991 and officially started to play in the West Division of the National League in on April 5, 1993 at Shea Stadium against the New York Mets. Fourteen years later, they won the National League pennant for the first time.

Dinger, the Rockies mascot, has cheered them on this entire time. The beloved purple triceratops was born at the original Mile High Stadium on April 16, 1994. Some people speculate that the dinosaur was chosen as the mascot because triceratops remains were discovered at the construction site of Coors Field in downtown Denver, which opened in 1995. Obviously, Dinger predated the new stadium. The stegosaurus is actually the state dinosaur of Colorado so the choice for Dinger is still a mystery.

Dinger has seen the highs and lows of the Rockies and this included the “Blake Street Bombers” in 1995. This consisted of Andres Galarraga, Dante Bichette, Larry Walker and Vinny Castilla who were rock stars at home runs. The four of them hit 139 homers in the ’95 season with the assistance of the thin and dry Denver weather.

Some other highlights of the history of the Colorado Rockies include July 1, 2008 where they beat the San Diego Padres, 4-0, in 1 hour 58 minutes as the shortest 9-inning game in the history of Coors Field.

Recently, on April 17, 2010, Rockies’ pitcher Ubaldo Jiménez pitched the first no-hitter game at Turner Field against the Atlanta Braves.

Join other Colorado Rockies fans at Coors Field on Blake Street in Denver to cheer them on and “root root for the home team!”

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