Rockies will be champs

Postseason baseball always has a flare for the dramatics and the uplifting stories, whether it’s a hobbling Kirk Gibson hitting the game-winning home run or Curt Schilling beating the Yankees in what is known as “the bloody sock game”. The playoffs are only at the top of the stretch, but they’ve already given us something to talk about.

It’s the red-hot Colorado Rockies.

No, this is not a misprint. The Colorado Rockies.

How good is this team right now? As of Monday, Colorado won 20 of its last 21 games and is one game away from making the World Series for the first time in its 15 years as a franchise.

If you do not know about the Rockies by now, I think this is the time to get introduced to the potential World Series champions.

They are led by power-hitting MVP candidate Matt Holliday, lifelong Rockie and future member of Cooperstown Todd Helton, and the surprising late-season heroics from second baseman Kaz Matsui (why couldn’t he play like that with the Mets?).

And their pitching staff has been consistently strong, despite not having a familiar name on the hill. It’s doubtful that many people had heard of Ubaldo Jimenez and closer Manny Corpas before October.

But these guys are getting the job done and that’s all that matters in baseball. Just don’t tell that to Willie Randolph, who for some reason is coming back to manage the Mets next season. I will not be able to take another year of a slow and painful collapse.

Getting back on track now, Colorado used to be considered a joke because they play in a hitter-friendly stadium where its own pitchers got constantly rocked by the opposition.

Sure they would put up seven or eight runs each game, but the conditions were so bad for the pitchers that it scared top free agent starters from ever wanting to play for them.

It’s all much different now, with hard throwing young hurler Jeff Francis winning 17 games this season and Holliday won the NL batting title.

And I don’t think this surge is stopping anytime soon.

The Red Sox and the Indians are in a tight battle for the American League Championship, and I think it could end up being a great series. However, the winner of that series could be too beaten up to even get ready for Colorado’s onslaught.

Personally, I would love to see this team win it all and finally prove all the naysayers wrong.

Can they do it?

Time will tell if history is made, but manager Clint Hurdle and the 2007 Rockies will still be remembered for having one of the best final weeks of the regular season and continuing its dominance into the playoffs.

Therefore, bold prediction of the week: The Colorado Rockies will be World Series champions.

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