World Series: After Game 1 humbling by the Red Sox, beer helps
It was probably a good thing that some local Rockies fans watched the opening World Series game night in a bar Wednesday night, because the alcohol helped dull the pain of the 13-1 humbling that Colorados team suffered at the hands and bats of the Boston Red Sox.As part of the Sky-Hi Daily News coverage of the Rockies inaugural trip to the World Series, this reporter was assigned to cover the Silver Creek Bar & Grill located inside the Inn at Silver Creek. Its a popular place for Granby-area sports fans who want to watch the games on the bars five television screens while knocking back a few brews and socializing with friends.The 6 p.m. game started boisterously enough in the crowded bar with a Rockies fan shouting, The Red Sox are going down with the first pitch. But the enthusiasm quickly quieted as Bostons pitcher Josh Beckett struck out the first three Colorado batters. Groans, exclamations and a few curses followed as the Red Sox took the lead with three runs, including a homer in the bottom of the first inning.The hopes of Rockies fans were buoyed at the top of second inning as Garrett Atkins batted a double and then was driven in to score by another double blasted into left field by Troy Tulowitzki. Cheers rose from the patrons with one shouting, Were just getting warmed up.But, alas, it was not to be. The Red Sox came back with another run in the bottom of the second and two more in the fourth. A disastrous fifth inning for the Rockies saw them putting three different relief pitchers on the mound as Boston ran through its batting order, racking up seven more runs.As it became apparent the Rockies werent going to stage a dramatic comeback, the fans enthusiasm waned. One patron disgustedly said, We were hoping for at least a good first game, not a blowout like this.As hopes faded for a miracle in the first game, die-hard Rockies became a bit philosophical. Several pointed out that the Rockies were a little rusty from an eight-day layoff after securing the National League title. In contrast, the Red Sox were still hot from the playoffs and playing on their home field at Fenway Park in front of stands packed with cheering Boston fans.Its only the first game, but the Rocks need to get their sticks going like they did in the post season, said Shawn Misner, a Granby resident who said he has already gotten his ticket for Game 5. Were going to spank the Sox in the next games and were going to sweep them during our home games.Misners buddy, Kevin Anderson, agreed. Tonight was only a warmup, but tomorrows game is really going to count. If we dont win, it could be tough going. But I have faith in the Rockies.Lindsey Arntson admitted she was disappointed with Rockies performance in the first game.This had better be the worst they do, she said. But Ive got faith, especially for Sundays game because Ill be there.Tom Wagner, who lives at the Inn of Silver Creek, echoed similar sentiments.The Rockies now have World Series experience with this game, he said. Well wait and see how they do in tomorrows game. They cant do worse.Granby resident Phil Shipman said the loss might ultimately be good for Colorados chances in the World Series.I think its good for us to be behind right now because well dig in and see who we are, he said. I believe this will actually help us in the long run.A couple of guys watching the Series opener at the Silver Creek Bar and Grill admitted they had mixed feelings about how the game played out. Bravely sporting Red Sox caps and shirts, P.J. Collins and Justin Moose Bruce said they both grew up in New Hampshire as Red Sox fans.Were born members of the Red Sox nation, Collins said. But since weve lived out here, were also Rockies fans and have gone to a lot of their games. During the regular season, Id be in here wearing my Tulowitzki shirt.
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