I wanted to talk about something that is difficult for a Cub fan to talk about in Denver right now (for obvious reasons). I figured, if anyone would understand, it would be you guys.
I've been a die-hard Cub fan all my life. I grew up near Chicago, and as my bio on this site says, I have died with the Cubs multiple times over the years, going all the way back to that magical season (that ended poorly) in 1969, with Leo Durocher, Ernie Banks (my hero), Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Ken Holtzman and Jim Hickman.
I've lived in Denver since 1985 (in Colorado since 1981 - life is good here). I was thrilled when Denver got the new National League franchise, because I knew it would be a chance to see the Cubs every year, and though I have missed a couple of years (this was one of them), I get to see them most years.
I was at the first Rockies home game ever, in the old Mile High Stadium, and it was probably one of my biggest sports thrills in Denver. I was at the first game in Coors Field (against the Phillies). When the Cubs aren't playing the Rockies, I've rooted for the Rockies (unless we've needed them to lose for the benefit of the Cubs, which hasn't been often).
I work in downtown Denver, and I frequently drive home right past Coors Field. The only regular season games that have sold out regularly over the past few years are Opening Day, the 4th of July fireworks game, and any Cubs game. Indeed, the Rockies even have "premium" (read "jacked-up") prices for these games, and the Cubs are the only regular season games that are "premium" games (this year, when the Yankees came to town, was the only exception).
Until about 10 days before the end of the season, I'd drive by Coors Field during a game and there would be 10 to 15 thousand people max there during a game. They didn't even sell out the play-in game against the Padres a week ago Monday (they announced it as sold out, but I got out of work late and when I drove by late in the game, I could see that the upper deck had several thousand empty seats)!
I contrast that with Wrigley Field where the stands are packed almost every game, regardless of how the Cubs are doing, and where the fans sing together after Cub wins. The Rockies fans don't do anything like that. I have a few friends who have cheered for the Rockies, even when they are twenty games below .500, but most of the people out here are always saying "How bout those Broncos?"
My anguish is this.... How come the Rockies are literally having everything come to them so easy on this postseason run? Why do their mostly fair-weather fans get this gem of a postseason, and we have to content ourselves with "next year". Yes, I know it is all about what happens on the field, but there is even a controversy in this series (the NLCS) about how the Rockies have caught all the breaks. I agree they are outplaying the D-backs, but when is it our turn to have a magical end of the year and postseason run? Why can't this happen to us, just once?
I know the answers, but I knew that you guys would understand my needing to share my anguish.