DENVER — Many baseball fans tell their teams story by the hats they collect.
In Denver, baseball began with the Denver Bears, then moved on to the Denver Zephyrs before ending up with the current Colorado Rockies.
Though the newest home team has finally given Colorado Major League Baseball, that’s the way many fans now feel: The Rockies are just what they’ve ended up with.
On the verge of what may be the worst season since the franchise originated in 1993, an All Star game in 1998, a Wild Card finish in 1995 and a World Series appearance in 2007 have all become distant memories.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that the Rockies have become the fastest team in the history of Major League Baseball to seat 60 million fans.
Two more losses this year and the Rockies will have 96 on the season – their highest total ever. So why do fans keep showing up?
Manager Jim Tracy doesn’t care to speculate beyond letting reporters know his thoughts about losing seasons.
“I don’t manage major league baseball teams to come in last place,” Tracey said, referencing the Rockies standing in the National League West. “ We’ve had a losing season, so I give us an ‘F.’ To be a winning organization, you have to have very high standards.”
That’s probably what fans want to hear. But even in last place this season, fans have shown they’ll still show up.
Take Rockies super fan Dan Sauvageu. He has missed just 93 home games since 1997, and his daughter has been to 455 games in her life.
“She’s been coming to games since before she was born,” Sauvageu said. “Since she was in her mom’s belly.”
Loyal though he and his daughter may be, Sauvageu said he’d rather not see his team flirt with 100 losses on a regular basis. It’s something the Rockies have done in 11 of their 19 seasons.
So how do the Rockies get back on track? Though not entirely certain, the beat writer with the 10-gallon hat gave a hypothesis.
“The teams that do well are the ones that don’t try to figure out why they’re bad,” said Root Sports analyst Tracy Ringlesby, who has covered the team since its inception in 1993. “Instead, they try to figure out how to get better.”