Oct 9, 2009

The Colorado Rockies: another fluke or are they for real?

Two years ago the Colorado Rockies swept the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round of the playoffs on their way to their first and only appearance in the World Series.

Once in the World Series, the Rockies fell apart and lost in a 4-game sweep to the superior Boston Red Sox.

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Two years ago it was “Todd and the toddlers,” meaning veteran Todd Helton and a bevy of youngsters. Now the “toddlers” have grown up into quality baseball players such as standout shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and all-star right fielder Brad Hawpe.

Is their appearance in the playoffs this year another fluke or are they for real this time? Regardless, it may be some time before baseball fans around the country stop referring to them as those "pesky Rockies" or the "upstart Rockies."

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When former manager Clint Hurdle was fired May 30, the Rockies were 10 games below 500 at 18-28 headed for a second straight dismal season.

Under new manager Jim Tracy the Rockies went on an 11-game winning streak. In Tracy's first 24 games, the Rockies won 19.

This year the Rockies appear to be for real.

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley dives in an attempt to catch a grounder off the bat of Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzales in the third inning of game 2 Thursday night.

Rockies ace Aaron Cook pitches in the first inning at Citizens Bank Park Thursday night. Cook was the winning pitcher in game 2.

Rockies first baseman Todd Helton congratulates catcher Yorvit Torrealba after his 2-run homer in the forth inning of game 2.

A young Phillies fan waiting for his favorite team to score some runs.