The Rockies Are A Team Of Destiny ... Again

Two years ago, Colorado's miracle finish lifted a scrappy upstart team to the World Series. Then suddenly they were were terrible again. Now they're on the verge of another miracle comeback. How do they do it (every other year)?

On June 3, the Rockies were 15.5 games back of the juggernaut L.A. Dodgers. Now they're three back, with those very Dodgers arriving at Coors Field tonight. They've taken control of the NL Wild Card race, but could very well win the whole shebang, especially after last night's storybook win over the Giants.

Down three runs in the bottom of the 14th inning, with no one left on the bench, a runner with a limp on base, and forced to send a pitcher to the plate with the bases loaded, the Rockies eventually pulled out the victory on a grand slam by Ryan Freakin' Spilborghs. It's the kind of game that makes you feel like somehow, someway your team will always find a way to get it done. (Unless they're playing Boston in the World Series.)

Would winning the NL West be more impressive than their 21-for-22 run that ended the 2007 season? It would be the biggest comeback in baseball history, even after losing their manager in May and with barely a single superstar among them. Seriously, Jason Marquis is leading the team in wins? There's a long way to go, however—maybe even long enough for Denverites to figure out that their baseball team is good again.

Rockies bask in heat of playoff push [Denver Post]
Spilborghs redeemed by walk-off slam [MLB]
Giants serve up walks, Rockies walk off with win [SF Chronicle]