Friday, July 20, 2012

Tough to care as Colorado Rockies play on

Baseball doesn't seem to matter after the day Colorado had.
The Colorado Rockies played a baseball game on Friday night in San Diego. Carlos Gonzalez hit a grand slam. Earlier in the day, the Rockies dealt Jeremy Guthrie to the Kansas City Royals. The Rockies lost the game 9-5, but it didn't really matter.

It all seemed pretty meaningless when compared with what the state that they call home is dealing with.

The Rockies were classy. They honored the victims of the Aurora theatre shooting with a jersey in the dugout, they also wore eye black with the date on it. It was classy, but it would probably be a fair assumption to think that most fans really weren't interested in a win or a loss on this day.


However, the games must be played. Once again, however, sports fans are reminded how petty their game is in the grand scheme of things. Colorado seems like it has been in the national spotlight far too many times in recent months, and had it's fair share of unthinkable tragedies dating back to the Columbine attack in 1999.

What the state has learned from the tragedies is that nothing will ever erase the memories of the horrific acts that crazy people who don't deserve to be recognized commit. However, they have also learned that sports, as trivial as we all know that they are in the midst of these situations, bring back normalcy to life.

A day like Friday brings an overwhelming amount of information. Yet, these facts don't bring any answers with them. They give a glimpse into the evil inside one person's mind. When all is said and done, the incident still happened, and there are more questions after the facts were given then before.

Baseball is a kid's game. There is an innocence about it that has a way of making even the oldest fan recall childhood with a smile.

On Friday, the Rockies could do nothing to ease the pain of a community dealing with yet another tragedy. However, baseball, even poorly played baseball, brings back some sense of normalcy. Maybe it was fitting that the Rockies didn't pitch well because it really felt like normal.


Watching Carlos Gonzalez hit an opposite field grand slam at Petco Park may have been the first thing Rockies fans have been able be happy about in nearly 24 hours. 


The Rockies will continue to play baseball. Their season is lost. They are going nowhere. There may be changes coming in the offseason, things may stay the same. As important as all of those debates have seemed to be in recent weeks, they suddenly don't seem so important. At this point, the Rockies can help bring some healing to Colorado. They may not be winning, but they can be representatives of a community that is trudging through pain, but still moving forward, still going about life, but appreciating the little things a little bit more.


The truth is, whether the Rockies turn things around and make themselves respectable, or whether they continue down the path to the most losses in franchise history doesn't really matter right now. Those debates can be saved for another day. That anger can be squelched for a while. Right now, the mood is somber, and baseball takes a back seat.

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11 comments:

  1. You know, as a resident of New Mexico, I've often thought of relocating to Colorado. I grew up in Queens NY, and as a result, spent the great majority of my young life in either Shea or Yankee Stadium. I spent a few recent years in Phoenix, and in both places, it was SO nice to have Major League Baseball at my disposal. We have the Dodgers AAA team here, and while it's nice, it's just not the show. I think the Rockies have THE most beautiful stadium in the big leagues, and I've enjoyed myself each and every time I visited there. I think about relocating, and then something AWFUL happens in Colorado, and it happens all TOO often. I don't know when Colorado had become the nation's leader in bad headline making news, but it seems they now CLEARLY have the title. Used to be all the wierd stuff came out of California or NY and just floated to the middle of the country...Now, all the crazies seem to have their home base in Colorado, which is such a shame to be happening in such a beautiful state. True, the Rockies are a silly, floundering organization with seemingly NO answers, direction or leadership, but at least they DO provide a 3-4 hour diversion for the people of Colorado to escape and hide, even for a little while, from the horrible state they live in.

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    1. Wow, I'm glad you didn't move to this beautiful state. We didn't need another narrow minded idiot like you here!

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  2. While the events of recent times have been unfortunate, Colorado STILL has many beautiful attributes, and wonderful people to go with it. I too, am grateful you have stayed away. Our state is warm, and inviting, and I am ashamed that you blame "all the crazy stuff for coming out of colorado"

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  3. Yeah. You're an Idiot. Things in LA aren't sensationalized because there is a killing every day multiple times. Since Jeffrey Dahmer and Ed Gein lived in Wisconsin should I assume all serial killers live there? You are an ignorant fool. Plus this crazy guy was from San Diego. Stay in your state because we don't need weak minded fools like you.

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  4. Oh, yeah...I'M the narrow minded idiot. Take a reality check and look at all the insanity that comes from your "wonderful" state. The poor Ramsey girl, Columbine, this terrible tragedy...Maybe we'll all get lucky and next year's wildfires will engulf the ENTIRE state and take all you morons along with it!!!

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    1. I pity small minds like you. Grow up, open your eyes, and get a grip. Oh, and get a life.

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  5. Dude. Shut the hell up. New Mexico is the biggest toilet in the United States. Only that backwoods piece of crap redneck state could produce a messed up person like David Parker Ray. I also remember your state burning to the ground this summer. New Mexico Ranks 39th on the integrity list of states. If you spend 10 minutes on google you can find dirt on any state. So stay in Mexico...oops I mean "New" Mexico. Where there is absolutely NOTHING. No sports team, no population, 1 in 169 chance of being involved in a violent crime (Colorado is 1 in 311). Just because you watch the news doesn't make you a genius. Don't take this terrible crime as an opportunity to justify your menial life decisions. Maybe you should just be respectful to all the victims in this tragedy. Instead of pointing the blame with your generalizations and stereotypes. Period.

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  6. You're an absolute idiot. Yeah burn the whole state, how desensitized you are; how dare you make a brass statement like that two days following a brutal and heinous crime was committed that took the lives of innocent people. No one asked for this, just like no one asked for a drought and lightning that started wildfires that cost hundreds of peoples homes and belongings. I pity you sir/mam (whatever you are) and hope you find some solace and understanding in your life. The reality is tragedies happen day in and day out. If you don't believe it, watch the news for ten minutes and you'll find out. Don't think that for one second it can't happen in your town or state, because it surely will. When it does, guess what will happen, you'll have me, a born Coloradan praying for your family, friends and neighbors dealing with the horror that the people in Colorado unfortunately have all to often been reminded of. Show some class and respect. People lost their lives two days ago because some misguided and obviously psychotic individual lost touch with reality and killed them in cold blooded murder. Colorado is a wonderful state. We will never lose faith, and i pray you don't either.

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  7. While the recent events are tragic and no one really understands why these things happen, it goes to show the true class of an organization (The Rockies)and the people that populate this state to continually come together to take care of our fellow person and show our grief in every way possible. We, here in Colorado take care of our people rising to any occasion to help in every way possible and show that caring for our communities only make our state stronger. If other communities and states took from our example, the world would be a better place. There are no other places in the world that you can visit that treats every person with decency and respect on a daily basis, but obviously there are people out there that use any reason to undermine a person, a community, a state, and a sports team. This article really caught my eye in bringing to light the good that the Rockies did while on the road in San Diego (wishing they were here to help) and yet the whole article was overshadowed by the digging comments made about a hopeless season for a team that still plays with heart. Undoubtedly the team will be playing with a heavy heart out on the road until they return home to a state and community that prides itself in lending a helping hand instead of holding out hand for gifts. Shameful dig(s) on an organization and vulgar words toward a state that has come together more than once to rise above the situation and become even stronger. We here in Colorado should be seen as united in our efforts to overcome and persevere. Our resources are also used in many out of state efforts to help a lending hand to those in need beyond our borders also. We have set a precedent in what it means to care and lend a helping hand, every state and community should be so lucky. An entire state mourns, how many states can say they feel the real pain of tragedy of this magnitude.

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    1. Are you talking about the article, or the comments made after the article, because the words in the article were by no means meant to be jabs at the organization, they were meant to show how we think the team that we follow losing night in and night out is a big deal, until something like this happens and reminds us how un-important baseball is.

      Thanks for reading.

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    2. Thanks Mr. Martin for bringing your article back into perspective. Us true Rockies fans will continue to support the team and organization through thick and thin, just like they have always be there for their beloved fans. We care when they're struggling and we know they care when we are! And you can sure bet that when they won their game yesterday it brought just a glimmer of joy in this tragic time.

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