|Baseball doesn't seem to matter after the day Colorado had.|
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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