While the New York tabloids are obsessing over whether Joe Torre will be back in the Bronx, and if the Mets took the greatest dive since Greg Louganis in his prime it's been happening. While the newspapers all through out New England are trying to trace genealogy lines to see if there is any family relation between Greg Gagne and Bill Buckner it's been flying under the radar. While the purveyors of gloom are trying to psychoanalyze why CC Sabathia has in their opinion suddenly lost it (He's had two sub par starts after a Cy Young worthy season CC is fine!) they are on the doorstep. The Colorado Rockies the "Stealth Bomber" of the Major Leagues is one win away from sweeping prohibitive series favorite Arizona Diamondbacks and head to their first World Series! Colorado defeated Arizona Sunday night 4-1 and have a 3-0 edge in the N.L.C.S.
West Coast teams have complained for 30 years about the "East Coast Bias" but with media capitals like L.A. and San Francisco a West Coast team gets plenty of attention. But the Rocky Mountain Time Zone is like purgatory; I think they run Network Prime Time shows from like 4:00- 7:00, and it may be A.M. There have been very few "breakout" teams from that area other than the John Elway era Denver Broncos, and that was more due to Elway than any other factor. But with very little attention or fanfare the Rockies may be MLB's best Cinderella story since the Braves versus the Twins in 1991.
The Rockies don't have a lot of marquee names starter Josh Fogg and catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who were Sunday's heroes are not players casual fans know a lot about if anything. But their results speak for themselves. Fogg pitching in his first post season game went six strong innings, allowing just 1 run on 7 hits a walk and struck out three. Torrealba broke open a 1-1 tie in the fourth with a three run jack. Colorado playing in front of their home fans for the first time in this series could feel the electricity in the air despite playing in temperatures in the thirties with a cold rain falling. The Rockies go for the sweep Monday night as they send Franklin Morales to the hill to face off against Micah Owings.
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