Hope springs eternal in baseball: Every year on opening day, you can hit the reset button and tell yourself that this is the year that your team will win it all. The equinox is meaningless to baseball fans; spring will arrive with today’s first pitch.
The Colorado Rockies are coming off the worst season in team history, during which they lost 98 games and shattered the record for most innings pitched by a bullpen. No one expects the Rockies to be a contender. But does that matter? In 2007, you would have been hard-pressed to find anyone who expected the team to make the playoffs, yet it finished 90-73, swept two playoff series and advanced to the World Series.
April is a time of hope in baseball, and the Rockies have plenty to be hopeful about: Dexter Fowler, who hit .300 in a breakout season last year, could join Carlos Gonzalez and a healthy Troy Tulowitzki to form one of the most dangerous hitting trios in baseball. New manager Walt Weiss’s old-school swagger could be the key to turning things around on Blake Street. And an unproven pitcher like Drew Pomeranz could become the true ace the Rockies have always wanted. On Opening Day, anything is possible.
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The Rockies will play their home opener against the San Diego Padres today; Jeff Francis is scheduled to start. The first pitch will be thrown at 2:05 p.m. at Coors Field. Tickets start at $22.25 at coloradorockies.com — if any are even available; if your budget doesn’t stretch to scalpers, tune in to the game on Root Sports, Channel 26.
Fri., April 5, 2:05 p.m., 2013