By Jack Etkin
At the end of a dismal season, a raft of gloomy stats help explain the Rockies’ long, hard fall from two straight postseason appearances to a 91-loss also-ran.
And that’s why one particularly large, exceedingly positive number stands out and, to a degree, defies reason: 2,993,244. That was the Rockies’ attendance this season at Coors Field. Averaging 36,954 for their 81 home dates, the Rockies were the fourth-best draw in the National League and seventh best in the majors.
The Rockies managed to climb out of the National League West cellar on the final day of the season, pass the Padres and finish fourth. But the Rockies nonetheless compiled the third-worst record in the NL, better than only the Marlins, losers of 105 games, the Pirates (93) and Padres (92).
And it’s not like the Rockies went into any late-season nosedive after sustaining their fans with hope for much of the year. The Rockies pulled out of a franchise-worst 3-12 start to climb to 40-34 on June 20 before the foundation began crumbling.
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