It's a depressing time of year for baseball fans. Early November always brings with it the promise of a long hard winter with no baseball, but this year there's an especially empty feeling for Rockie fans. The 2012 team was so dreadful and injury plagued from the start that it basically stopped playing meaning games in May, leaving Colorado fans with almost a year to starve for something good. Now with the postseason officially over and Spring Training still months away, even the most die hard Rockie fans may have put baseball on the back burner of their mind to remain sane.
Personally, recent events have given me another excuse to put the Rockies on hold. For the last two weeks, hurricane Sandy has consumed me - Not just because I'm in awe of the pictures I've seen on TV, but also because I've seen the damage firsthand. Late last week, I went down to the Rhode Island coast to see the destruction in person. It was a moving experience to say the least. It's one thing to see post storm images from the media, it's a whole different ballgame when you walk down a street that you know is supposed to look a certain way and is instead reduced to mountains of debris.
While there, I met a man who owns a local restaurant on the coast, and I was struck by his optimism. His building was a total loss, he had every reason to be heartbroken, and yet he almost seemed excited about the future.
"You have to look through the debris" he told me as we stood along the water in front of the badly damaged structure. "All everybody sees is the damage, but if you can look through the wreckage, there's opportunity there. We're going to rebuild and make this place better than ever" He seemed sure of it.
As I drove home, I couldn't help but think of applying what the man said to the Rockies. After all, if he could be a little optimistic after a storm like Sandy, I could be a little optimistic after the 2012 season.
"If you look through the wreckage, there's opportunity there."
If you look through all the injuries, there's a chance for Tulo, Jorge De La Rosa and Jhoulys Chacin to be great comeback stories next season. If you look through all the terrible pitching in 2012, there's an opportunity young arms like Drew Pomeranz, Tyler Chatwood, and Juan Nicasio to make a name for themselves and an impact on this team - And if you look through everything that went wrong for the Rockies in 2012, there's a chance for things to go right for the Rockies in 2013. It won't be easy, and I'll concede that the chances are slim, but just like the New England coastline, a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck might get the Rockies shining again by the middle of next summer.