"and the night got deathly quite...
and his face lost all expression,
said if you're gonna play the game boy,
you got to learn to play it right..."

On July 27, 2007, the Colorado Rockies were 51-51 and in fourth place in the National League West. On September 16, they were still in fourth place. At that point in the season, for the Rockies to make the playoffs, unbeknownst to them, they would have to win 13 out of their next 14 games.

"You've got to know when to hold 'em..."

No gambler in his right mind would take those odds. But Colorado isn't just a team with some hot bats and a few good, young arms. They committed the fewest errors in the NL, and in their 14 game run, had 12 error-less games. From September 16 to September 30th, the final day of the NL schedule, the Colorado Rockies did indeed win 13 out of 14 games to tie San Diego for the wild card spot.

"know when to fold 'em..."

Then on October 1st, in a one game play-off, the Rockies defeated the Padres in a 13 inning game, 9-8, to advance to play the Phillies, winners of the NL East Division.

"know when to walk away..."

Next, as if what they accomplished wasn't shocking enough, the Rockies swept the next seven games, three straight against the Phillies, and four straight against the Arizona Diamonbacks.

"know when to run..."
 
When the Rockies defeated Arizona 6-4 on Monday, they became the first NL team to go 21-1 at any point in the year since the 1936 NY Giants. But are the Rockies hot? Or are they just good?
 
"You never count your money..."Thumbnail image for poker.jpg
 
Getting burnt on dead body mistakes--see Mike Hampton and  Denny Neagle (combined 40-51)--the Rockies trimmed their payroll to $41 million in 2006, then back up to 54.4 million in ' 07. The Phillies payroll for ' 07 was $89.4 million, while the Yankees payroll was $189.6 million and the Mets were at $115.2 million. The Rockies led baseball in attendance for seven years since its start, but it has dwindled steadily since then.
 
"when you're sittin' at the table..."
 
Even though Rockies manager Clint Hurdle is 352-436 with no playoff appearences, in April he received a two year extension through 2009, which didn't sit well with the baseball fans in Colorado. A poor start didn't help, either. The Rockies were mired in last place in the NL West on May 21 and attendance was dropping faster than their pitching staff earned run average. But their runs scored began to increase dramatically.
 
"there'll be time enough for counting..."
 
Then the amazing run. But it's not over yet. With 8 days off to think about things and wait for either Cleveland or Boston, the red hot Rockies don't want to cool off. Winning 21 of their last 22 games, they are ready to go. For this team, the World Series can't come soon enough. Already, Colorado's bats have quieted somewhat. In the four game sweep of Arizona, firstbaseman Todd Helton (upper left photo) and thirdbaseman Garrett Atkins hit a combined .179 average against Arizona. The pitching staff, however, had a combined 1.89 earned run average.
 
"when the dealins' done."
 
You can hear Kenny Rodgers' The Gambler by clicking on. 
 
 
 
 

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