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  • A Rocky Year

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

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    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.

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