Colorado Rockies Tickets for Sale
The Colorado Rockies had three major areas in need of improvement heading into this offseason; the manager, the bullpen and first base. In a change from season’s past, the front office actually addressed each area in the hopes of a successful 2017 season for the franchise.
Replacing manager Walt Weiss with former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black, was the first on their list of improvements. Black has an up and down track record, yet enters the Rockies with an extremely positive attitude, wanting to change the losing culture of the organization and have this squad actually reach their athletic potential. Next up is the bullpen, and Colorado added Greg Holland and Mike Dunn to hopefully elevate them out of the cellar as the bullpen with the worst ERA, a 5.13, in all of MLB in 2016. Both Jason Motte and Chad Qualls are injury-free and will be competing for a spot, as lefty Jake McGee and righty Adam Ottavino already have key roles. Chris Rusin and Jordan Lyles are also on the roster, leaving eight guys fighting for six spots in the bullpen. Heading into the season, the Rockies pitching rotation is enviable, with flowing-haired ace Jon Gray, followed by Tyler Anderson, who is stellar at Coors Field. Chad Bettis has shown that he has enormous potential and improves with each passing season, while Tyler Chatwood is coming off a very productive 2016 campaign. Jeff Hoffman could get that final spot if he can harness his talent and show his true aptitude.
Colorado is absolutely stacked offensively. Third baseman Nolan Arenado will most likely be batting third, and has been lights-out, along with right-fielder Carlos Gonzalez, in the clean-up role. Newcomer Ian Desmond gives the Rockies their potential best first baseman since Todd Helton, and is no slouch at the plate, either. Desmond playing at first will be new for him, however he is certainly athletic enough to catch on pretty quickly. Trevor Story at shortstop is super talented when healthy, and has a solid D.J. LeMahieu as the ideal double-play partner at second. If they can somehow remain injury-free, Colorado could have one of the best infields in baseball.
Having a motivated and talented team in the Mile High City is something the fans have been anxiously awaiting for many years. Colorado Rockies tickets will be in high demand this summer, as Coors Field is an amazing venue, especially when the team is playing well. Be sure to secure your tickets early, as you won’t want to be shut out of all the baseball fun!
Colorado Rockies History
The Colorado Rockies played their first MLB game on April 5, 1993 against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. They would play their home games that season and the next at Mile High Stadium home of the Denver Broncos. The Rockies inaugural season brought 65 wins, the most by a National League expansion club. Fans in the Mile High City loved having a team in town, as they came out in droves to buy Colorado Rockies tickets, smashing the baseball attendance record, as 4,483,350 went through the turnstiles in the first year.
In 1995, Coors Field opened on April 26th, outfielder Dante Bichete christened the new ballpark with a dramatic three-run homer to beat the Mets in a 14 inning battle. The Rockies would go on to finish with a 77-67 record that season and accomplish the franchise’s first Wild Card berth. They lost a tough series to the eventual World Champion Atlanta Braves and Manager Don Baylor was named NL Manager of The Year.
In 1999, the Rockies marked their seventh franchise opening day with a unique game. The Rockies and The Padres were the first ever to open a MLB schedule outside of the United States or Canada, playing in Monterey, Mexico.
Struggling throughout most of the early 2000’s, the Rockies finally reached the post season again in 2007, arguably the best season on record for the Mile High baseball club. Short stop Troy Tulowitzki pulled off a rare unassisted triple play on April 29th against the Atlanta Braves showing glimpses of what was to come for what would be a magical season. The Rockies would enter a playoff game for the Wild Card spot via help from the Brewers who defeated the San Diego Padres, a team that held a tie with the Rockies for that spot. Colorado had earned the right to play that game at home and took MLB by surprise and beat the Padres in extra innings with the help of Matt Holliday. The Rockies went on to beat the Phillies in the NLCS and shocked the world by earning a World Series berth. Sadly, the dream season and “Rocktober” came to an end and the Rockies were swept by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 World Series.
Overall, the franchise has struggled to develop talent and management has been an issue for the club as well. Despite its shortcomings, fans continue to support the Rockies and their one sole World Series appearance. Coors Field is packed season after season and Rockies tickets continue to fly off the virtual shelves.