The Rockies need more things to celebrate.
Something happened along the way for the Rockies 2018 season. They had a late division lead, they battled incredibly hard for their playoff lives over the second-half of the season. They lost the NL West to the LA Dodgers on the last day of the season. They beat the Chicago Cubs in a 2-1 thriller in the Wild Card game. They were late-inning magicians and it was as entertaining a season as the Rockies have put together in their time in Denver.
That leaves fans thirsting for more of that dope play. In the past, Rockies management has squandered goodwill with roster moves that didn’t pan out and ultimately made the team’s peaks tantalizingly close to success before depressing valleys.
The 2018 postseason appearance was their second consecutive and there’s little reason to believe that 2019 isn’t promising for the Rockies as well. When people get curious about the gap between Broncos fans and the other three major professional franchises, it’s important to remind them that the Broncos have been one of the most successful franchises in the NFL for 40 years. They are never consistently bad, they have had (until recently) stability with ownership and management.
Little, mundane details matter in establishing a fan base. We see it currently with the Denver Nuggets, converting a crowd that was often more vocal for the visiting team to a frenzied, pro-Nuggets juggernaut and all it cost was consistent good play. They missed the playoffs the last two seasons and still built a rabid following with their play.
The Colorado Rockies, like their local brothers are on-the-verge of capturing local fans that have been scared-off by inconsistency. One more season with a post-season appearance or a season in which the gods finally smile on the Rox and they make some post-season noise and that’s all it takes.
2018 turned out to be a great, breakthrough season for the Rockies, one in which they captured a fan base that had been tepid. The future seems bright for the boys in purple, we’re only 3 months from Spring Training!