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Sky-high over Rockies
The first World Series in Denver has the gleeful residents painting the town purple.
By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer
Published October 28, 2007
DENVER - As if Rockies manager Clint Hurdle needed another indication of how big a deal the first World Series in Denver was, he got it Saturday morning when he and daughter Maddie made their usual weekly trip to the Starbucks near their Highlands Ranch home.
"Standing ovations are now the norm," Hurdle said. "Those weren't there in April, May and June. Maddie and I drop back an hour-and-a-half, trying to trick the crowd. That didn't work.
"The cul-de-sac I live in, when we got back from Starbucks, they had a tailgate party reminiscent of a Broncos party. They had Hurdle's Homies T-shirts made up, 30 kids, the barbecue pit going, balloons and streamers. So my world, it's past sky-high."
Purple was clearly the color of the day throughout downtown Denver. The streets around Coors Field - a revamped area known as LoDo now filled with lofts, bars, restaurants and shops - was a human party all day Saturday. And likely late into the night.
Any merchandise that said Rockies, tickets and all kinds of entertainment were available at every corner. Even the tattoo shops were reporting a surge in Rockies-related business. And the buzz wasn't limited to the streets around the stadium: The games were also shown on a 40-foot screen at a downtown Denver park.
"Everywhere you go, I mean the people are on fire," Hurdle said. "It's as high as I've ever seen it. ... The one positive from the downtime, the eight-day layoff, it gave the city of Denver an opportunity to embrace the fact that it was sending a team to the World Series, and that was significant in its own way."
There is an ongoing discussion over whether the Series is the biggest sporting event ever held in Colorado. There have been five AFC Championship Games, a Stanley Cup finals, an NBA All-Star Game and Western Conference playoffs, a major-league All-Star Game and, of course, the first-ever Rockies game in 1993.
Hurdle, who has been with the Rockies since 1994, said the magnitude of the event transcends what the team has accomplished on the field.
"As much as anything, it gives an entire generation of children a lifelong memory," Hurdle said. "And that probably is as gratifying to me as anything that's going to happen here outside of victory, that it will give a huge generation of young children, both boys and girls, a date and a place to go back to and say, 'Remember when the World Series was here in '07?'
"And I do think it's added significant value to everything about our organization, and it will help everybody in our organization become better."