The Threat of Rocktober, Why The Rockies Should Be Feared

Martin WilliamsContributor ISeptember 26, 2010

The Rockies are coming for you!
The Rockies are coming for you!Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

As a Philadelphia Phillies fan, I remember when the Fightins finally made it to the playoffs after a 14 year absence, which is an eternity in a major market. We were excited about the possibilities of winning the pennant and even getting to the Fall classic. One problem. The Colorado Rockies. The Rockies that year made it in to postseason on a one game playoff. Beating the San Diego padres, and elevating into a first round match-up with the Phillies. The Rockies swept the Phillies on the way to the World Series. The Rockies that year had won 21 of their last 22 in the month of September to get to that one game playoff. The team fashioned the slogan “Rocktober”, and it gives me an uneasy feeling to this day. Even though my Phillies won it all the next year, Rocktober is something I don’t want to see my team have to face. Even though the Phillies beat them last year in the playoffs. I still don’t want to see Rocktober. It’s like one of those Final Destination movies, I walked out of the theater alive, but I was cool not seeing it again. The Rockies are a tough out as the Padres and Giants are discovering this year.

Troy Tulowlitski has been on a tear like no other this month. He has hit 14 home September. Add to that, Cy Young candidate Ubaldo Jimenez and you have a handful. It’s really an attitude. The Rockies don’t quit, they keep coming. They’re like termites. They just keep eating away at that lead. As of today, the Rockies sit 3 1/2 out of the wild-card and 4 back in the division. Normally, these leads would be safe with 12 games to play, but not with this team. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see the Rockies enter the final weekend of the season with a chance to back in. If you live in the Bay Area, San Diego, Atlanta, Philadelphia and yes, even you, Cincinnati, watch out for Rocktober.