Yesterday morning, Colin Cowherd said something that had to make the blood of a Rockies fan boil. I know it did it to me. Cowherd was complaining about Mark Kiszla’s column chastising the Rockies for nearly doubling ticket prices for the Yankees series. Cowherd’s point was simple: People want to see the Yankees, so it’s just good business for teams like the Rockies to raise ticket prices because people want to see the Yankees.
That’s true, and props go out to Charlie Monfort for realizing this and telling all those fairweather fans in Denver (not to mention the Yankees fans that have been trying to make Coors Field a second home the past three days) that if they only want to see the Rockies play when the Yankees are in town, and not go to the other 78 games of the year, that they’re going to have to do it for twice the price. If what you really want to see is the Rockies, well, there are 78 other games that you can go to for a much more reasonable price.
But what Cowherd failed to mention was that the Rockies beat the Yankees on Tuesday night. And Wednesday night. And this afternoon. So what if the Yankees are just a .500 team right now? When you can sell out the ballpark (or come close to it) three games in a row, and those fans that come out that, presumably, wouldn’t normally go out to a baseball game at Coors get to see the home team win three in a row, that’s really good business. Props go out to Clint Hurdle and the boys for actually sweeping what may be the biggest series of the year. Think some of those fans who came out just to see the Rockies play the Yankees this week won’t be coming back more this season? Certainly, especially once they realize that they won’t have to pay nearly as much if they want to come back.
What a week it’s been. Even though the Yankees are a .500 team right now, they were coming in on a hot streak, and most people (ESPN, I’m looking at you) were probably expecting them to just roll over the Rockies, scoring something around 40 runs over three games, and watching their pitchers shut down the Rockies offense. Instead, it was five runs over three games, as the Rockies pitchers were the ones doing the shutting down. And even if this is a .500 ballclub, they trotted out three pitchers among whom Andy Pettitte has the least career wins with 190. That’s more than the three Rockies starters combined, who have just 153. Never mind the lineup that features two virtual locks for the Hall of Fame (Jeter and A-Rod), along with a bunch of other guys who have had pretty solid careers themselves. Just the fact that the Rockies weren’t intimidated by the Yankees would have been a victory.
Considering how little attention he’s getting, you probably wouldn’t know that Matt Holliday is leading the NL in batting average by 18 points, and he’s just two off the lead in RBI. Matt’s only seventh among all NL outfielders in All-Star voting despite his stellar year. If anyone needs any further evidence that the humidor has turned Coors Field into a less hitter-friendly park than it once was, look no further than the five runs that the vaunted Yankees lineup scored there this week. Sure, Matt Holliday’s batting .405 there, but who cares?
What a week. With the way the Rockies are playing (coupled with the fact that we won’t have to face Roy Halladay), I wouldn’t be surprised if they went into Toronto and swept that series as well.