Tuesday, June 20, 2006

They Reminisce


Do you like Muhammad Ali doing Liston
Take you to the cleaners like the pants that you pissed in
It's in poor taste why you're so busted
I got loot like a frank got mustard

Last night me and former Struggler CT aka Axe took in the Rox and the hottest team in MLB, the Oakland Athletics. A beautiful night at Coors Field as BK Kim and nearly CU quarterback Matt Holliday ended the A’s 10 game winning streak. As I downed a smooooooooth CL and CT downed a Coca-Cola, I realized I’d been spending my hard-earned cake and shrinking the hard-worked liver at 20th and Blake for over 10 years. Of course, the ballpark has seen many changes in that quick decade, some good, some bad…

THEN: Splinters Bar. This was perhaps the ultimate baseball bar of all-time. A simple bar, plenty of room to stand, and $1 Coors products. Specials depending on the team in town (ie, Iron City for the Pirates, Miller for the Brewers, Old Style for the Cubs, forty ounce Olde English for the Dodgers.) Even a frank with all the fixins could be had for a single. Unfortunately, as the Rox attendance waned, so did Splinters’ crowds.
NOW: Sports Column bought it out and turned it into some bourgie bullshit lounge.

THEN: Ample parking and the Skyline Bar just beyond centerfield. In Coors early days, with 50k flocking to the yard each night, parking was a bit tougher to come by. The vacant lots and abandoned warehouses in the Platte Valley helped solve this problem. For five bones you could park your rig and walk two blocks to the gates. Afterwards, the Skyline Bar was right smack in the lot for a post-game brew. The Skyline attracted all types; bikers, queens, rockers, hip-hoppers, whores, after-work guy, bachelorette parties, etc.
NOW: The whole area is comprised of pricey yuppie lofts, parking for the yuppie BMWs and Xterras, and more yuppie lofts. The eclectic mix has been replaced by striped Gap polo guy, perky blonde walking the lab girl, and aforementioned polo Gap guy riding $2000 Trek bike guy.

THEN: 1995 Wildcard Champion banner. The Rockies decided to celebrate their lone playoff appearance with a “banner” on the LF wall. I remember in 1996 E-Train asked me how long it would be before the entire wall was covered with “banners.” My reply was something to the effect of worms will be crawling through his grandchildren’s skulls.
NOW: Plain green wall. Excellent choice.

THEN: Rockies Hats.
NOW: Other team’s gear. People feel compelled to wear other MLB team hats at the Colorado Rockies’ home. It is mainly two teams: The Yankees and Red Sox. Everyone has some “connection” to that team. Memo to them: just because your college roommate’s cousin once mowed Mike Greenwell’s lawn or your stepdad banged a couple of hookers in Times Square on shore leave doesn’t make you a fan of that team. Represent.

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