Sport: Mile-High Momentum

The Rockies, in only their second postseason appearance, have turned a hot streak into a World Series run

John Gress / Reuters

Colorado Rockies Matt Holiday hits a three-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Micah Owings in the 4th inning of Game 4 of Major League Baseball's NLCS playoff series in Denver, October 15, 2007.

Over the past 14 years, the Colorado Rockies were so awful that they could have signed Denver Broncos football legend John Elway to play left field and it wouldn't have put any more fans in Coors Field's 50,000 seats. Or hurt the team's performance.

Indeed, the high-altitude, low-achieving franchise had finished an average of 18 games out of first place each season since its National League debut in 1993. Awful field play, lousy free-agent signings, stupid trades and ownership bumbling had sapped the lifeblood of an organization that had launched with so much promise.

But much of that was forgotten or...

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