Local Rockies fans ready for series
Now playing at a ballpark near you: Rocktober II.
The Colorado Rockies open the National League Division Series today against the Philadelphia Phillies.
But with a 12:37 p.m. first pitch, how can the 9-to-5 worker keep up with the game?
“I’m going to try and listen to it on the radio,” said Ron Sechrist, a broker associate for Bray & Co. Real Estate. “I was talking to a builder who said he was going to be on-site (today) and is planning to listen to it as well.”
Sechrist is in the same situation as most Rockies fans across the state who have to work during the day but also have playoff fever.
Justin Brun’s job in the energy industry has him traveling frequently to the Silt, Rifle and Parachute areas.
“Sometimes on this job you get a lot of wait time,” Brun said. “You can turn the radio on.”
That’s what he plans to do today.
Brun’s work schedule made it difficult for him to catch a Rockies game this season.
“This is the first year in a long time I haven’t gone over,” he said.
Through friends who had tickets, he was able to attend one of the NL Championship Series games against Arizona two years ago.
“I hope I can do that this year,” he said.
In the meantime, he’ll have the radio on in his truck today and Thursday — work permitting, of course.
“I like that radio feel,” he said.
Bob Corneille, a counselor at Fruita Monument High School, was at Coors Field when the Rockies beat the Phillies to clinch the NL Division Series two years ago.
He’s banking that the Rockies can win this year’s Division Series against the Phillies, enabling him to try to get tickets for the NLCS.
Corneille’s situation is similar to Brun’s and Sechrist’s. Although he expects the usual activity in the counseling office today, he’s hoping it will slow down enough for him to keep tabs on this afternoon’s game in Philadelphia.
“I’ve got my iPhone, so I’ll get updates,” he said, “and I’ll probably have it on on my computer.”
If there’s a lull in the normal counseling activity in the early afternoon, “I may find a TV on somewhere (at school),” he said.
Since the first pitch is during the lunch hour, sports bars are expecting large lunch crowds.
“I’m expecting some people in for the game,” Coco Nishi, bar manager at Weavers’ Tavern said. “We had good crowds in 2007.”
With the Rockies reaching the postseason for the second time in three years, they will be attempting to duplicate the success of 2007 when they reached the World Series.
Rocktober 2007 was filled with the excitement of a Rockies team that won 21 of 22 games down the stretch to make the postseason. Are fans as excited this year?
There might not be the frenzy there was in 2007, the enthusiasm still exists. Jeff Peacock, the store manager at Sports Authority at the Mesa Mall, said the store has had several calls from people looking for Rockies apparel.
“The calls were coming in last Saturday with people looking for Rocktober shirts,” Peacock said. “Once they clinched the wild card, we had people coming in for the wild card stuff.”