Atmosphere

A Rocky Year

Everything you need to know about the 2009 baseball season at Coors Field.

April 2009

After 16 seasons of mostly forgettable baseball (relax, I still have my Rocktober towel), your 2009 Colorado Rockies embark on the new season with mediocrity on their mind. Here, some dates to keep in mind for the bound-to-be-depressing year.

Opening day, April 6
at Arizona Diamondbacks: The Rockies are in first place in the National League West—at least until the end of the night.

Home opener, April 10
versus Philadelphia Phillies:
Someone in the Rockpile wonders aloud why Clint Hurdle isn't starting Matt Holliday in left field today.

May 20
at Atlanta Braves:
Hurdle collapses in the dugout after his insanely tight hat finally eliminates circulation to his brain.

June 1
at Houston Astros:
Todd Helton plays his first game of the season.

All-Star Game, July 14
Without Matt Holliday, the Rockies fail to produce an All-Star hitter for the first time since 2005.

August 1
at Cincinnati Reds:
Rockies mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

August 13
versus Pittsburgh Pirates:
More people in the press box than in the Coors Field stands.

September 3
versus New York Mets:
www.monfortspleaseselltherockies.com is launched.

Final home game, October 1
versus Milwaukee Brewers:
Rockies management blames poor season on media negativity.

Final game of the season, October 4
at Los Angeles Dodgers:
Rockies finish 62-100; Hurdle and GM Dan O'Dowd receive contract extensions.