Editor's note: We're saying goodbye to teams mathematically eliminated from the 2013 MLB season with a toast. Want to contribute? Follow @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and await our call for submissions. Next up, the Colorado Rockies.
Give the Colorado Rockies credit. They hung around in the NL West longer than many thought they could. The Rockies, and rookie manager Walt Weiss, did have a nice first-place run early in the season and even led the NL West as late as May 25. They couldn't keep up with the Dodgers, but who in the NL West could? So now that they're officially eliminated this season, we offer a toast to the Rockies. Coors preferred, but not required.
To the Rockies, for getting solid years out of young guys like Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario and for getting nice seasons from pitchers Jhoulys Chacin and Jorge De La Rosa despite the altitude. To the Rockies, for dispensing good advice, inspiring cool hairdos and even beatboxing. To the Rockies, for not being afraid to show us Troy Tulowitzki's mullet. And for not getting in a fight with the Dodgers this season.
We're not going to bogart this toast. Here's what the people had to say to the 2013 Rockies:
— Baseball Countdown (@Count2Baseball) September 12, 2013
— Sean Perrotta (@Dangerzone_Taco) September 13, 2013