ALL ABOARD!!! The Bandwagon takin all ticket holders.

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Okay, so I had some time to do a litte sketch of a bandwagon. Sue me. But it articulates the point I am trying to make. Coming back from the break, the Rockies are gaining momentum taking down the Padres 10-1. The funny thing is, I don’t think anyone outside of Colorado even recognizes the Rockies are still within reach of the division lead and eight games behind the Dodgers who have the best record in baseball.

That is unless of course you are a Rockies die-hard and have known the mighty defeats and felt the highs of this current turn-around that has lasted over the month of June and into the middle of July.

But along with the continued success, comes the inevitable knock on the Rockies fanbase from national media of how we are bandwagoners. Eh, excuse me I practically own at least a wheel on the damn thing for the contributions I have put into the team from my hard earned money.

I’m ready for it though and I am welcoming all bandwagoners onto the ever increasing popular mode of transportation. In 2007 I had to listen to idiots like Colin Cowherd of ESPN make the point how Rockies fans were a joke and just watching any game you could see the tags hanging from their new hats. We weren’t a baseball town they said. We could care less about our team they said. 

It’s true, a lot of the faithful gave up hope in the years after the Rockies made their first playoff visit. They saw management try and fail to bring in worthwhile talent and more retreads came and went then I can  count. Money was thrown away like nothing and we became the laughing stock of the baseball world. Maybe not as bad as the current day Nationals, but I took a lot of abuse in those years wearing a Rockies hat. 

There was a plan we were told. The Rockies could not afford to bring in tons of high priced talent so we would grow it they said. We had to wait patiently. I remember in 2006 how I could see the makings of some good young players and how excited I became. It ended up being a sub-par year, but I was hopeful. 2007 came and we started out bad again. I can remember sitting in sub-freezing temperatures at the second game of the year at Coors Field and a young rookie name Tulowitzki would help win the game in extra-innings. I saw a glimmer and went to a ton of games that year.

I’ve mentioned how my father and I will always debate who told who the other the “streak” had to happen if we were going to make the playoffs. I say it was me because I remember sitting on the first base line and texting him that we needed to win 21 games and we’d be in. He says he told me and somewhere along the line he did, but I remember exactly when I said it and I say I was first.

No matter, they made it into the playoffs in grand style. Most notably in a 13 inning game I was at and will never forget as long as I live. Probably, one of the best, if not the best game I’ll ever see. I remember that team and how it seemed they were on auto pilot. Nothing could stop them, except time. They had swept the entire NLDS and NLCS and they had too much time to slow down and think about what they had just done. That much time would get into the head of any man. Along came a more experienced and veteran Red Sox team that took full advantage of that weakness like any great competitor would.

In 2009 I saw it so much earlier this time. I got to see what I knew was there the whole time that night in Houston. I watched the boys battle back from embarrassing losses and take one on the way out of town. I watched them sweep the Cardinals in St. Louis, a feat that had not been done in decades I was told. I saw them head into Milwaukee with a swagger I knew they could have all along.

So the national media came, gave them five minutes to point out what they had done and poof. The AL East would still get most of the coverage, but the nation had overlooked a truly remarkable accomplishment. The Rockies had embarked on a streak that had not been seen in over 40 years of baseball, but it got the casual mention.

I’m not heartbroken or even surprised. Major League baseball doesn’t make the type of money a Dodgers-Yankees World Series makes and I understand there are millions more people living in those markets. There is another point that needs to be made too. Those markets also have generations that have grown up with them. Grandfathers who took fathers who took sons who took sons and daughters who continue to take their offspring. The Rockies, for all intensive purposes are just coming into the first generation old enough to bring their children to the ballpark.

You’ve got bloggers like Baby Paul who are prime examples of what is up and coming for the Rockies fan base. I met a guy about my age who had flown his son and he to Milwaukee to catch a single game against the Brewers. This is the future of Rockies baseball in Colorado.

So don’t judge our fanbase because we are young or because many many people will jump on this bandwagon that is ever growing in popularity in our beautiful state. We are fans, we love our team, and if you read any of the many great Rockies bloggers on this site, I think you will take away that feeling. We may not have millions behind us or have celebrities wearing our gear to make a fashion statement, but we have true blooded baseball fans who came together from all teams and histories and unite behind the purple and white.

I said it at the beginning of the season and you can read as far back into my blog as you want. This team will be a team to be reckoned with and the next time you want to knock on the NL West as being the worst division in baseball, look at the stats and see how many Cy Young winners have come from there. You might just gain a little more respect.

The Rockies may get over looked in the media but they don’t care. They aren’t playing for the fame. They are playing for the game and each man behind them. They will win more games and I undoubtedly expect they will be surprising a lot of people come the end of the season. The media will once again give them five minutes as they look to the Dodgers or the Yankees or Red Sox. It’s predictable, but if you are a baseball fan, a real baseball fan who loves the game don’t be afraid to learn a thing or two about this team and these Rockies because they could just make history.

Don’t say I didn’t tell ya so.

15 Comments

I LOVE THE SKETCH! :) I think it’s safe to say I’ve been on the bandwagon since about the middle of spring training. But my Rockies love won’t surpass the White Sox and Giants love. Try as you might. :) The Rockies bloggers I’ve found here are some of my favorite people. You all definitely love your team, and the love you have for them is blatantly obvious. So obvious that you got me rooting for them unless they play the Giants. Just know that if you see this White Sox fan rockin’ her new Brad Hawpe shirt on TV this Saturday, you had something to do with it. And leave me a comment letting me know I was on TV. :)
Jen
http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

Great drawing Tom! And I think your “lament” is one that Rays Renegade has also. Your teams are new and your in markets were there are a lot of transplants who are still faithful to their “home” teams. And no – the Rockies don’t get the respect they deserve. Living it Boston it is hard for me to say that the Red Sox get too much coverage – they are our home team! But you are right – we need to have more coverage of all our teams. I had hoped that MLB Networked would have helped more with that then they probably have. Tom – I hope my Red Sox meet your Rockies in the World Series!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Nice drawing, except I really don’t like the Padres getting tramped of course :) Though it’s definitely happening, my Padres have a series to win here! You guys have definitely been very quiet on the national media. Like the big winning streak you guys had recently, nobody really noticed until near the end. That’s the way it was with the Padres’ 10-gamer too. Terribly sad, but I think you guys have a chance for the NL West. Hopefully the Dodgers will fall apart soon, and there can be a big battle between the Rockies and the Giants. I love how you didn’t even mention the Diamondbacks in the sketch, even though they are “better” record-wise than us! LOL!! Well, my Padres need a few wins here. GO PADRES!!!
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Nice drawing. :) & I know sort of how you feel. Sometimes it just seems like the Media & other fans dont give teams the respect they deserve, & also the fans the same respect they deserve. I have to say, I do respect the Rockies though. They are a great team. http://tribechick.mlblogs.com/

-TC

Tommy,

You got to remember to be the ticketaker on the Rockies bandwagon.
That way to remember who is not getting on every year, but is simply buying a ticket when the spirit hits them, or the playoffs are within sight.
I have kicked a few freeloader to the curb with counterfiet bandwagon tickets, but mostly it is the drunk ones that hit the asphalt first for some reason.
Awesome post.
Reminds me of…………..well, September 2008 and the 2 millino Rays supporter that came out of the woodwork wearing Bucs NFL Championship underwear.
Wonder how must they go for now on EBay?

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

I think that it is inevitable that GMs will come sniffing around Coors Field looking for pitching. No doubt, they’ll be inquiring about Marquis and Jimenez.

DON’T DO IT!

You guys have a good thing going in Colorado, and I’m hoping it continues. But it won’t if you guys get rid of your best.

I guess I’m kind of a bandwagon fan of the Rox in that I’ve always liked them and hoped they did well, but never actively rooted for them. 2007 was great for that area, and it would be great to see two recent expansion teams (Rox/Rays) meet up in the Series.
http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

Love the sketch. Dinger looks especially adorable :D
Young rookie named Tulowitzki… gosh, that name sounds so familiar… I wonder why?
It doesn’t matter if nobody else sees us. What matters is that we see us, and we never give up, and that’ll get us far. You and I have more fan in us than some sections of Yankee Stadium.
Can I please be the one who pushes people off the bandwagon?
Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com

Meh, the mainstream media doesn’t pay attention to teams outside New York or Boston, so they think all fans are bandwagon fans. Heaven forbid they should do any research into attendance figures or actually talk to any die-hard fans or anything, it’s just a lot easier to show video of half-empty stadiums.-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.blogspot.com

Great sketch. You have to be riding in a Rockies Limo, the kind of fan you are and laughing at all those on desparately hopping on the bandwagon.

Toronto is the exact same way. I’ve come to accept that we aren’t a baseball town. It is too bad that those fans give diehard fans a bad image … but what can you do?? I’m going to be Yankees fan that is for sure. Halladay is under-appreciated in Toronto because of the fans. Some ask if we even deserve to have a player like him? I despise that kind of talk, but there is nothing I can do about it!!! All I know is I appreciate Halladay and that is good enough for me.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Very nice sketch! But the D-Backs are missing. LOL. It’s obvious that the Rockies are doing a better job than the Padres. You guys have turned things around and it’s time for the Padres to shine.
http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

that photo looks very artisitic ,what happended to the d backs ,i thought we hated them and wanted to stomp them most !oh well go rockies,got to prove were something more

Oh my god, could your drawing be any more amazing?! I am a fan of it, but not a bandwagon fan of it. What’s tough is I don’t think you can go to any team and not have bandwagon fans. Pretty much the same thing happened with the Nuggets, if the Avalanche can get it together, it’ll happen with them too. Bandwagoners are apart of sports… but we’ll represent the crazy ones.
Emily
http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

Nice drawling! Just if the giants get a bat I bet the win it but something tells me they will not.

Bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

Hey, the Rockies always have a chance. Everyone (ok, Them, the Rockies, and the Giants–sorry, Padres fans) has a chance in our division. It’s one of the best things about it, don’t you think? I’m rooting for the Rockies, cause I don’t like the other teams with shots…and it’s amazing that they have almost no big names and they’re doing really well…I don’t know who anyone besides Dexter Fowler is on them.
http://imbringingdiamondback.mlblogs.com

Oh, and nice dinosaur by the way.
http://imbringingdiamondback.mlblogs.com

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