Joel Reichenberger: Can't catch on to the Rockies

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Joel Reichenberger

Steamboat Pilot & Today sports reporter and photographer Joel Reichenberger can be reached at 871-4253 or jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com.

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It's Wednesday afternoon, and I'm trying, Rockies fans, I'm trying.

The Gameday application at MLB.com is open on my computer, and between calls to coaches and hunters, I'm trying to care.

I just don't know if I have it in me, though.

I'm a stickler when it comes to fandom. I have my teams, cheer for them passionately and never have established any rooting interests for any other teams that last longer than one game.

The way I see it, no matter how you got there, pulling on that team hoodie every Saturday or Sunday, once you're there, you stay.

To me, that's part of the fun of being a fan.

I got a Denver Broncos football helmet for Christmas when I was about 8 years old. My little brother got a Bengals helmet. Nearly 20 years later - much of that time filled with friendly and not-so-friendly abuse in the Kansas City Chiefs world in which I grew up - I'm still a fan.

Brandon Marshall goes 51 yards to beat the Cowboys, and I celebrate by jumping off my couch and screaming.

Brandon Stokley stumbles into the play of the year, and my brother asks who has him in fantasy.

Doesn't sound like much fun to me, and that's why, generally speaking, I'm a one-team guy.

I can waver, of course, and one place in which I see some gray area is baseball. I can absolutely understand developing a rooting interest on either side of the American League-National League split. The teams play each other much less frequently than teams from opposing NFL conferences ever do, and bitter intra-division hatreds rarely get in the way.

Plus, though I've just declared myself a man of loyalty, my allegiance to the Kansas City Royals isn't nearly as mature as it is with regard to Kansas State University or the Denver Broncos.

Sure, I liked the Royals as a child. My coach asked me to name my favorite soccer player on my first day of soccer when I was 10. I'm much more knowledgeable about the world of sports now, 17 years later, and I'm pretty sure I couldn't come up with a better answer: I said Royals slugger Bo Jackson.

But as the Royals melted into obscurity, so did my childhood fascination. I picked it back up in college and follow the team today, but the basic difference is I've never gotten in a fight about the Royals. That can't be said for the Broncos and the Wildcats.

So, I didn't feel guilty when I tried to drum up some interest in the Rockies after moving to Colorado.

I've been to two games at Coors Field, and both were fine experiences. The squad seems like an easy one to appreciate - what, with veterans like Todd Helton, sparkplugs like Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler.

But I'm paying attention now. The Rockies are falling behind - it's 5-0 now, and the Phillies seem to be in control.

And, while I'll keep trying, for now I just really don't care.

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