Tuesday, October 2

It's official: ROCKTOBER!

Governor Bill Ritter has proclaimed October 2007 as ROCKTOBER! And that exclamation point was not placed there out of my excitement; he literally declared it "ROCKTOBER!" See, now you can't sign checks in Colorado using weak, ol' October. It must read: "Wednesday, ROCKTOBER! 3"

Don't think it's official? Read the legalese, people:

WHEREAS, the Colorado Rockies are the centerpiece of Colorado’s baseball community, a franchise making only its second playoff appearance since its inception in 1993; and

WHEREAS, after a late September run of 13 wins in 14 games, the Rockies rekindled the passions of baseball fans across the state and nation and forced a one-game playoff with the San Diego Padres; and

WHEREAS, on October 1, 2007, Coors Field hosted its most important game in a dozen years, a 13-inning thriller that featured everything we love about the game of baseball – a four hour and forty minute see-saw duel that included five lead changes, dramatic home runs, incredible defensive plays, and a play-at-the-plate finish that sealed the most dramatic victory in Rockies history; and

WHEREAS, Colorado left its mark on the game of baseball thanks to the many heroes of the Colorado Rockies, including Most Valuable Player hopeful Matt Holliday, who captured the National League batting title and RBI crown on the final night of the season, Rookie of the Year candidate Troy Tulowitzki, who broke the National League record for most home runs in a season by a rookie shortstop and accumulated more assists than any shortstop since Ozzie Smith, manager Clint Hurdle, who deserves due consideration for Manager of the Year, and veteran first baseman Todd Helton, who will make his first post-season appearance after ten seasons with the Rockies; and

WHEREAS, the Colorado Rockies have energized people around the state with their remarkable September, and hope to continue one of the most amazing and improbable runs in baseball history;

Therefore, I, Bill Ritter, Jr., Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim October 2007,


in the State of Colorado.

GIVEN under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, this second day of October, 2007

Bill Ritter, Jr.


Personally, I feel like it's a bit of a jinx. I think Coloradans should spend October ROCKTOBER! acting like we don't have a baseball team, as we've always done. This way they'll continue winning.

That said, Sadie, Zaffos and I were at the game last night and for once Coloradans acted like real baseball fans. Good times, especially for this guys who was tackled by security:

See the tiny shirtless man at the bottom center? He thought he came up with ROCKTOBER! himself.

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