Sunday night the Yankees and their fans said goodbye to Yankee Stadium as next season they move across the street to new Yankee Stadium. Sunday afternoon the Rockies and their fans said goodbye to Coors Field and to a season of great expectations that were hardly fulfilled. Sure the Rockies finish out their season as they started it, on the road and Sunday was the time when we as fans have said our final goodbyes. And based on the number of empty seats on Sunday some fans have already said their goodbyes long ago. So in attempt to bring closure to a season that wasn’t what it should have been, allow me to say goodbye on behalf of the fans.
Goodbye to the 2008 season, early on we basked (maybe too much) on the 2007 season and what transpired, a trip to baseball’s promised land, the World Series. We all relished in winning 21 out of 22 last season and in our heart of hearts we hoped the Rockies had it in them to do it again or something similar in their fight towards this seasons playoffs. I say goodbye to leadership lost. Hurdle failed to lead this years team in the same manner that he had last season. Todd Helton who is the leader of this team by measure of experience was lost in July to injury and up and coming leader, Troy Tulowitzki also failed to lead on the field as he had in 2007. I say goodbye to a bad pitching staff that seemed to only be held together by Aaron Cook and at times Ubaldo Jimenez. Goodbye to Brian Fuentes, literally and fuguratively. Say what you want about Brian but imagine how much worse this team would’ve been without him. It’s almost certain he will get a multi-year deal elsewhere and the Rockies will have to again rely on Manny Corpas next season. Goodbye to Eric Young’s previous team record of 53 stolen bases that was broken by Willy Taveras, who was exciting to watch this season. Goodbye to Livan Hernandez who was brought in to help bolster the starting rotation and it didnt happen. Goodbye to impatient at-bats, inning ending double plays, errors in the field and numerous trips to the mound by pitching coach Bob Apodaca. Very few times this season did the Rockies excel at all aspects of the game at the same time. And a final goodbye to the frustrations of the 2008 season overall as we turn the page to a new season in 2009.