The Rockies have not come up with a reasonable explanation for their sorry behavior on the diamond, and their excuse now was just as lame: The closest light-rail stop was simply too far away from the field, they said. A whopping three blocks, which on any given game day are packed with fans who've parked a half-mile to a mile away and are slowly making their way up Wynkoop Street to the ballpark that taxpayers paid for, occupied by a team too cheap to chip in for light rail.
Many LoDo businesses have worked hard and anted up significant dollars to get the light-rail spur, perhaps the only RTD project to ever make complete sense. Public transit in that part of town was needed yesterday to alleviate the parking crunch, and it will become even more critical when the Pepsi Center opens this fall. Even Ascent, when not distracted by Saudi princesses and a shareholders' revolt, pronounced itself willing to support the project.
But the Rockies dropped the ball. It's becoming their specialty.
In touting the light-rail extension, RTD officials showed a brief flicker of their usual insanity and suggested that naming rights to some of the LoDo stops be sold. Although businesses supporting the project were right to object, they should make an exception in the case of Union Station, the closest stop to Coors field. And name it Nation's No-Way.
Businesses still eager to see their names up in lights do have other options. The proposed $268 million convention center still lacks a title -- not to mention a positive vote of the people. And Pat Bowlen's new home for the Broncos has yet to be adopted by some corporate do-gooder, although the Great Patsby recently suggested that if taxpayers are willing to sacrifice $50 million in corporate naming rights for a facility they're already spending $300 million on, they could save the Mile High moniker.
Bowlen should be grateful that the stadium vote passed while the Broncos were still capable of throwing a pass -- so grateful that he throws in the $50 million himself.
But in this town, shame is never the name of the game.